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Santa Barbara Teens Host Fifth Annual Sports Drive

Gently Used Sports Equipment & Clothing Donations Needed


Originally published 12:51 p.m., February 6, 2014
Updated 12:51 p.m., February 6, 2014

Local students are combining their love of sports with community service. For the fifth year, students are gathering new and gently used sports equipment and clothing for the Fifth Annual Santa Barbara Sports Drive. This Sports Drive is organized by teenagers with the goal of giving sports equipment and clothing to over 750 kids in need in the Santa Barbara community and increasing membership and participation at the Santa Barbara Boys & Girls Club. The event will take place on Saturday, March 22, 2014 from 9am-noon at the Santa Barbara Boys & Girls Club. The official collection of gently used sports equipment and clothing is now in progress and donations are urgently needed!

Bicycle giveaways have become a big part of the event. This year, the Sports Drive is again partnering with Santa Barbara High School’s SBici Bike Club, Santa Barbara Middle School’s Bike Monkeys and SB Bicycle Coalition’s BiCi Centro to collect and tune-up donated bikes and to educate those children who win a bike at the Sports Drive raffle about the value and safety requirements of being a bike owner. Bike donations are also needed. For pick-ups, call the Sports Drive Hotline at 805-729-0353.

The team behind Sports Drive is comprised of 40 students who started the program with a pair of shoes, an idea and a drive to help others. This group of young philanthropists held their first Sports Drive on April 10, 2010 at the Santa Barbara Boys & Girls Club after collecting gently used and new sports equipment and clothing from friends and neighbors. Since the drive began, truckloads of goods have filled the gym at the Boys & Girls Club. Over the past four years, the Sports Drive has given out thousands of items to over 2000 children in our community. The goal this year is to reach out to new families and businesses to help boost donations so they can increase the number of kids they support.

“Our mission is to get kids off the street and into sports, support the Boys & Girls Club, and recycle sports equipment. The concept is simple but it takes our Sports Drive team and support from the community to make this event happen,” explains junior founding member Christopher Wagonhurst. A complete list of the Sports Drive Team is on the website at SBSPORTSDRIVE.com. Steve Yapp, Tri-Counties PODS owner, will be supporting the Sports Drive again this year by donating PODS to the cause. A POD is currently stationed at the Boys & Girls Club, 632 East Canon Perdido Street, Santa Barbara to accept donations through March 20th. The Community Environmental Council is promoting the event to its members and will be on site supplying reusable bags to participants.

Donations are being accepted now. The drive is particularly interested in clothing and equipment for football, basketball and soccer. Please call the hotline at 805-729-0353 for pick-ups or take your items directly to the Boys and Girls Club for storage in the POD. Tickets to the Sports Drive will be distributed by agencies that support children in need. These include Transition House, Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA), and the Boys & Girls Club. For more information about the Sports Drive, visit www.sbsportsdrive.com or www.facebook.com/sbsportsdrive.

Press Contact: Duncan King, Public Relations Director. (805)448-6297 or dking212@yahoo.com

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