How many kids do you know who would love the opportunity to play sports but don't have the resources to do so? Schools are cutting out physical education and lower income students are being left out of youth sports and many youth sports programs are being shut down because there is no funding.
There are two women fighting for change. Melissa Harper and Christy Keswick started Good Sports. They first went to Spalding with a PowerPoint presentation and asked for a donation of 500 basketballs. Since then they have been providing more than 16 million in equipment to 2000 youth programs impacting millions of kids nationwide.
Their first distribution was to use sports organizations in Boston and now they expanded their outreach efforts to every state in the US. Good Sports mission is to give all kids the lifelong benefits of sport and physical activity by providing equipment, apparel and footwear to those most in need. (see page Best Workout Clothes)
Over the years we've been asked to provide a lot of equipment to kids and it's hard to say no. We try to do our best instead of trying to do it all. There have been some former athletes and big names that have supported Good Sports, including Nike, Wilson, Dr Pepper and Hilton. Besides monetary support they provide volunteers to bring awareness to our cause.
Cost is the biggest issue affecting you sports programs. Some programs increase fees or turn away kids because they cannot afford to pay for the equipment. Good Sports is there to help by providing everything from basketballs to jump ropes.