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Recreation Services Department is sponsoring a youth sports gear swap

Post Date:02/04/2019 3:36 PM

If you have kids in sports, you inevitably have a collection of old sports gear piling up in your basement or garage.

Get a head start on spring cleaning, while giving back to the community, by participating in the Recreation Services Department’s youth sports gear swap.

The swap was established as a way for Richfield parents who have gently used shin guards, baseball bats, basketball shoes, and much more to get their equipment out of their houses and put it to good use elsewhere. 

“It’s about trying to connect people playing sports in Richfield with people in need,” said Recreation Supervisor Nick Thompson. “It’s also an opportunity for people who want to donate their gear to keep it local.”

The swap is focusing on gear used for baseball, softball and soccer. 

If you are a parent in need of some new gear for your child, come to the youth sports registration event and see what is available. The donated items will be on display and made available for swapping. The first youth sports registration event will be held on Saturday, February 9, from 9 a.m.-noon at the Richfield Community Center.

A second registration event will take place on February 21 from 6-8 p.m.

The swap needs some generous people to donate early.

“While the gear swap sounds like a ‘give something, take something home’ type of event, we need early donations so we have something for the people who come at the beginning,” said Thompson. 

This endeavor won’t be a success without your help, so swing by the Richfield Community Center, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. through February 8 to drop off any kind of softball, baseball, or soccer gear you no longer need. 

For additional information about the gear swap program, please contact Recreation Supervisor Nick Thompson by calling 612-861-9396 or emailing NThompson@richfieldmn.gov. 

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