May 18, 2018
SPECIAL DELIVERY — Cleats and gloves for IPS athletes were donated to the district by Bostonp-based Good Sports.
The push from IPS Athletics to make district schools more competitive in sports across the board requires improvements and contributions in a number of different areas, including equipment.
Every successful athlete knows how important footwear is when it comes to competing and performing at a high level, and next year many IPS student athletes will have the opportunity to lace up a fresh pair of cleats when they step on the field.
Good Sports Inc. is a sporting goods nonprofit that donates equipment and apparel to youth sports organizations throughout the nation in hopes of helping to turn around the trend of declining sports participation.
IPS has worked with Good Sports to orchestrate a donation of more than 2,000 pairs of athletic cleats to be distributed to student athletes throughout the district. This donation includes cleats for football, baseball, softball and track and field from the Nike, Under Armour and Brooks brands in youth and adult sizes, ranging from 4 to 17.
All of the footwear is brand new and high quality, allowing student athletes, who otherwise may have been playing in over-worn or unsuitable shoes, the chance to better maximize their performance and see their hard work pay off.
Good Sports Partnerships Associate David McIsaac is excited to provide IPS students with this donation.
“Good Sports exists to remove barriers to play by providing brand-new sports equipment to organizations across the country,” said McIsaac. “We are so delighted to outfit IPS student athletes in brand-new cleats. We want to get kids off the sidelines and in the game because kids who play do better.”
Good Sports has previously made contributions to IPS, most recently donating more than 600 baseball batting gloves to the district. The nonprofit receives the sporting equipment it donates from vendors and manufacturers who have a surplus and want their products to get into the right hands. Good Sports has been providing this service to those who need it most since 2003, giving out roughly $26 million worth of equipment during a 15-year period.