Coaches, Parents, Players:

We are trying to gather used youth sports equipment which will be redistibuted to youth in our area that don't have the resources to obtain such equipment. This initiative will be organized under the Kentucky Bearcats, a 501C3 not for profit organization.

The benefit for you is that your donations will be tax deductible, and will be redistributed within the community. It will help you clear out your storage without the pain of a garage sale!

The initiative will be entitled "For the Love of the Game". It was born after a conversation with the incoming West Side Little League President who mentioned many of their players don't have gloves, cleats, etc. It has grown somewhat after conversation with other individuals who indicated needs for other sports.

Beginning on Saturday, August 11, I will begin collecting used equipment. On Saturdays I will gather donations from 8am-11am. On Sundays I will gather donations from 12:00pm (noon) until 2pm. I will be at the Keriakes Park Shelter building. I plan to collect these items every weekend until September 2 (Labor Day Weekend). I will also accept dropoffs at my home, 1320 Barrington Drive at any time. I can also arrange other dropoffs (downtown, etc.) by phone at 270-779-8614.

We are looking for the following items in particular:

Baseball:
CLEATS with at least one season of wear left in them. Please dust them off and tie them together.

ALL EXTRA BASEBALLS (who amoung doesn't have a swarm of these, don't need to be new, just with some wear left in them)

Buckets with lids ( to collect the balls!)

BATS/GLOVES in good condition (gloves with MINOR lace repair are okay)

BATBAGS, BATTING HELMETS, TEAMBAGS

ANY USED CATCHING EQUIPMENT, INCLUDING CATCHERS MITTS

PRACTICE EQUIPMENT, INCLUDING RUBBER BASES, TEES OF ANY KIND, HITTING INSTRUMENTS, COACHES BOOKS, ETC.

PRACTICE PANTS/BELTS/SOCKS (IN GOOD SHAPE, PLEASE!)

Soccer:
Gently used balls

Pumps with needles

Shingaurds

Cleats with wear left in them (please brush and tie together)

Socks in good shape

Football:
Any used Pads or Helmets

Cleats with wear left in them (please brush off and tie together)

Extra footballs, kicking tees, etc.

Any UNUSED AND IN PACKAGE MOUTHPIECES

Extra practice pants, belts, socks, with wear left in them.

Softball:
SAME AS BASEBALL ABOVE.

I will have receipts available for all donors. I am also open to any additional suggestions and questions.

Lastly, I hope you won't pass on this opportunity to help our area youth. There is absolutely no out of pocket expense to you, other than getting to the drop off points. CLEAN OUT THOSE CLOSETS, GARAGES, STORAGE AREAS!

Anyone may reach me at 779-8614 (cell), 843-6608 (home), or 745-9426 (work land line).

Thanks for your contemplation,

Mike O'Kelly
President, So. Kentucky Bearcats 2006-2007.


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