The sports equipment donation campaign will be organized by Cranford Police

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CRANFORD, NJ – Beginning in October, Cranford Police will collect sports equipment for “Leveling the Playing Field” – a non-profit organization that provides access to sports equipment to underprivileged communities.

The fundraiser will begin Saturday, October 15 at the Cranford Community Center at 220 Walnut Ave. from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., according to Cranford police.

Leveling the Playing Field (LPF) found that one in five underserved households were not involving their children in athletics due to the rising price of sports equipment.

Due to this lack of access to sports equipment, the nonprofit aims to collect and redistribute the equipment to expand access and equity within sports and recreation programs for young people. young people in disadvantaged communities.

LPF expanded to a third warehouse in Philadelphia in the fall of 2021 to ensure all children in the Greater Philadelphia area can get off the sidelines.

Those interested in donating should go to the back of the Cranford Community Center, and volunteers will unload your car or you can park and drop off donations in the lobby.

Here are the pieces of equipment Cranford Police will be collecting:

SOCCER

Flag football belts
soccer balls
soccer cleats
Soccer
gloves
Football mat
Football helmets (5 years or older)
Kicking

BASEBALL/SOFTBALL

Aluminium/wood rackets
Bags
Bases (rubber and soft)
baseballs
Catchers equipment
Crampons
Gloves (batter and field)
Helmets (5 years or newer)
Trousers
Pitcher’s/Hitter’s Nets
Launchers
soft ball
soft balls
T-ball sets
Referee equipment
Whiffle Balls
Whiffle Bats

BASKETBALL

Basketballs
basketball shoe
Basketball hoops/goals
mini basketballs
basketball shorts

GOLF

Golf bags
golf balls
golf clubs

FIELD HOCKEY

Balls
Goggles & gloves
Goalkeeper equipment
The sticks

HOCKEY

Bags
Gloves
Goalkeeper equipment
Helmets
hockey pucks
Buffers
Shorts/Pants
skates
Socks
Sticks (any type/size)

THE CROSSE

Balls
Violin sticks (plastic)
Goals
Protective glasses
Gloves
Helmets
Buffers
Sticks (any type/size)

RACKET SPORTS

Bale hoppers
Nets
Tennis ball
Tennis Racket Covers
Tennis rackets
badminton sets
Pickleball sets
Squash sets

PLAYGROUND/FITNESS AREA

Agility equipment
Ball pumps
Boxing/karate mat
cones
corn hole
First aid kits
Free weights
Frisbees
gym equipment
hula hoops
Skipping ropes
golf ladder
Kickballs
Mouthguard (still in the packaging)
Bibs
playground balls
resistance bands
Roller skates/Blades (5 years or less)
swimming equipment
Weighted plates
Whistles
Yoga/Fitness Mat

VOLLEYBALL

knee pads
Nets
Volleyball

SOCCER

soccer balls
Crampons
Goalkeeper gloves
Goals
Shin pads
Socks
Shorts

The police are unable to accept the following:

bicycles
Bike helmets
Bike/Skateboard Elbow/Knee Pads
Clothes
Croquet games
exercise machines
Fishing equipment
Non-certified football helmets
Hats
Partial sets of uniforms
Protective caps/Jock Straps
Racquetball equipment
Scooters
Skis & Snowboards
Trophies
Used running shoes

LPF accepts donations of new and lightly used sports equipment to redistribute directly to children in need.

A question about the condition of your equipment? Contact LPF directly at [email protected]

Do you have a topical tip? Email [email protected]

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