LAKELAND — Highland Park Church is the recipient of a Let’s Play equipment donation worth $10,000 from Dr Pepper/Snapple as part of its partnership with Good Sports, a national nonprofit organization that provides sports equipment to youth sports organizations.
The equipment donation will help fill needs for the growing Highland Park Church youth sports program, which has more than doubled the number of participants in the past two years. Steve Ousley, the Highland Park Chuch sports director, said there 3,000 youths between the ages of 3 and 18 who participate in the churches sports programs and camps.
“This equipment means hundreds of kids now have a place to come, be active and learn about sports instead of having to stay home with nothing to do,” Ousley said. “The equipment provided is a huge blessing as our program did not have the funds to accommodate all the participants.”
Heather McIlroy, partnerships assistant for Good Sports, said Good Sports offers two-year equipment grants that Highland Church qualified for and received six grants where it can receive equipment that had been donated to the Let’s Play program. Good Sports also has corporate partners, who donate funds.
“It allows to purchase gear that we would not normally get,” McIlroy said.
The donation will include equipment specifically purchased for the church, including soccer goals, volleyball equipment, footballs and other flag football equipment and catcher’s helmets.
“We are pleased to support Highland Park Church with this grant from Let’s Play, part of our overall commitment to bringing…
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