PROSPECT PARK – The borough received a grant for new equipment for youth sports teams.
The Price, Massachusetts Bons Sports Inc., allows officials to obtain up to six donations of sports equipment before spring 2022. The number of items per donation will depend on the needs of the borough at the time of each request; there is no dollar limit.
The grant will help the borough keep its budget stable in the parks and recreation department, said Mayor Mohamed Khairullah.
“We all anticipate having to make tough choices over the next year,” the mayor said, referring to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on local finances. “Any donation goes a long way in saving programs.”
The borough offers five sports – football, basketball, baseball, softball and T-ball – serving approximately 250 athletes from preschool to eighth grade each year, Borough administrator Intashan Chowdhury said.
Almost a fifth of the population of the borough of 5,859 lives in poverty, according to census figures.
Good Sports serves programs whose athletes are economically disadvantaged.
It has a 40,000 square foot warehouse, where it stores equipment obtained through partnerships with sporting goods dealers. Grant recipients select donations from an online inventory catalog before items are shipped.
The association was founded 17 years ago when it donated 500 basketballs to underprivileged youth in Boston.
Since then, it has donated more than $ 55 million in equipment, including clothing and footwear, to 4,265 programs across the country.
Officials have not yet logged into the catalog, but Chowdhury said they may purchase protective gear, such as shin guards for football players, or receiving helmets and masks for baseball, the softball and T-ball.
Philip DeVenceentis is a local reporter for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to the most important news from your local community, please register or activate your digital account today.