Source: Washington Post / Amie Just
For some kids in Richmond, having brand new sporting equipment is out of their reach. On Tuesday, the Washington Redskins pledged to bridge that gap.
The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation teamed up with Good Sports to donate more than 15 pallets — approximately 90 boxes — of brand new sporting equipment to Richmond middle schools, youth sports clubs, Boys and Girls Clubs of Richmond and the YMCA of Richmond.
The donated sporting goods are worth more than $58,000 and will serve over 14,000 kids in the Richmond area. The donations to the teams aren’t cookie-cutter either; the teams get what they need.
There were boxes and boxes of brand new volleyballs, dodge balls, soccer balls, basketballs, hula hoops, frisbees, wiffleballs, and yes, jerseys, footballs and helmets.
“We’ve identified the great need in our community in the D.C. area, as well as Richmond,” said Jane Rodgers, Executive Director of the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation. “For us, it’s an opportunity to be able to help kids get active, be able to work with our nonprofit partners that we’re engaging with on and off the field. We’re excited to be able to provide everything that they need in order to give kids opportunities.”
Jeoin Banks, 12, of Richmond, plays for one of the clubs that received a donation of football equipment.
“I feel like they care about us,” Banks said. “Like, they don’t forget about us, this little city team.”