January 11th, 2014
On Thursday, January 9th, at 6:00pm, Good Sports, a Boston-based nonprofit that provides athletic equipment to community organizations and promotes healthy, active lifestyles to disadvantaged youth, and Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks teamed up to donate more than $2,000 worth of athletic equipment and apparel to the Bird Street Community Center, Dorchester, MA.
Approximately 50-75 youth were in attendance to receive and test out their brand new equipment. In addition Middlebrooks took photos with the kids, signed autographs and ran a skills demonstration with a short question and answer session.
With a small budget that has hindered the expansion of its athletic programs, the Bird Street Community Center struggles to provide equipment for its youth, the majority of which come from low-income homes. In support of their commitment to providing a safe environment for underprivileged youth in Dorchester to stay active, Good Sports’ donation of more than $2,000 worth of basketball, baseball, volleyball and fitness equipment allows program to continue to support 200 at-risk youth, who otherwise would not have access to sports and fitness programs.
About Good Sports: Laying the foundation for healthy, active lifestyles by providing athletic equipment, footwear and apparel to disadvantaged young people nationwide, Good Sports partners with sporting goods manufacturers, to gets crucial equipment to kids who need it most, getting them in the game. Since 2003, Good Sports has provided more than $10 million worth of equipment to 1,150 youth programs, impacting more than 800,000 kids.
About the Bird Street Community Center: Serving the North Dorchester community of Upham’s Corner for 35 years, Bird Street Community Center offers a variety of programming, including both athletic and social services. The center’s main goal is to be a safe space that attracts the youth of our community during out-of-school time.