An athletic gear drive organized by several Amador Valley High School students collected more than 1,500 items, including new and gently used bats, gloves and balls for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America last Sunday.
The Nov. 10 donation event held in the Santa Rita Road parking lot “was a huge success,” according to Brent Friedman, one of the event organizers and co-founder of the Equipment for Everyone Club at Amador. The items will give “low-income students around the Bay Area a chance to play the sports they love," he added.
Knowing that many Pleasanton families have unused sports equipment, Friedman said he and his friends -- club co-founder Monty Sage and treasurer Nate Cohn -- “wanted to give back to our community, so we thought why not this.” After deciding on the Boys and Girls Clubs as recipients, the boys coordinated and promoted the collection drive entirely by themselves.
“On the day of the drive, quite a bit of people showed up,” Friedman said, adding that many of the donations came from other local sports teams. “A lot of it was softball equipment and catchers gear because the softball league was clearing out some of their old stuff. They came in with 800 softballs and dropped off new catchers gear.”
He continued, “We stuffed it all into numerous cars and took it all back to our houses for storage, until we rent a U-Haul and drive it over to the Boys and Girls Clubs.”
The students are planning another drive in the future, possibly in late winter. Anyone with questions can email firstname.lastname@example.org.