There are many organizations available to which you can donate sports equipment. Pass on your kids’ outgrown gear and other items you no longer use and help someone else enjoy the benefits of sport.
Here is a sampling of organizations that accept donations of sports equipment.
These two organizations collect bicycles, parts, and tools and distribute them in developing countries where they provide important transportation for children and adults. Check their websites for drop off locations and scheduled collections.
Let's Play It Forward is a non-profit organization started by a group of teens in Westchester, New York. They collect used sports equipment to distribute to children and organizations in need. To make a donation, contact them at the email address on their donation page. There you will also find a list of items they need and items they can't use.
Located in Silver Springs, Maryland, Leveling the Playing Field donates sports equipment to youth sports programs with the goal of helping them lower operating costs. Lower operating costs means lower fees, thus making participation possible for more children. Donate at their warehouse in Maryland or at a satellite site in Chantilly, Virginia. You'll find the information on making donations at the bottom of the page (link provided above).
One World Running promotes fitness and health through the distribution of running shoes to those in need in the United States and around the world. They accept donations of new and used running shoes. See their list of drop-off locations or mail your donation to the address on their website.
This organization collects new and used baseball equipment for distribution to underprivileged children in the United States and around the world.
Peace Passers collects soccer balls, jerseys, shorts, cleats/turfs & socks and distributes them to children around the world.
Sports Gift collects new and used sports equipment for distribution to impoverished and disadvantaged children around the world. See the list on their website for items they accept.
The aim of the Sports Shed program is to give inner-city kids an alternative to gangs and violence. They collect and donate sports equipment to inner-city schools and other athletic programs in low-income areas. Their offices are located in Libertyville, Illinois. They have partnered with the Play It Again Sports chain to collect used sports equipment. You can drop off donations at any one of the four participating stores in the Chicago area.
Vietnam Veterans of America collects used sports equipment to benefit America's veterans and their families. To make a donation click the 'Schedule a Pickup' button. You'll need to provide your name and email address for them to contact you about picking up your donation. Free pickups can be scheduled in 13 states. See this map for areas they service.
When you share the gift of sport you’re giving fun, friends, and good health all at the same time. In addition, sports teach cooperation and problem solving, and they promote self-esteem.
Donate sports equipment to a good cause and enjoy knowing that you’ve put a smile on someone else’s face!
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