Athletic Equipment Drive Now Underway

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JAMESTOWN – Jamestown Public School’s annual athletic equipment drive is underway.

School officials said they are seeking gently used or new athletic equipment for the district’s PROMISE fund. A full list of equipment needed is available on the district’s website.

Donations can be dropped off at all nine Jamestown schools in designated bins or at Jamestown Pediatric Associates.

The drive will end on May 10th during the Joe Paterniti Invitational Track & Field Meet at Strider Field.

Jamestown’s PROMISE fund aims to encourage playtime with equipment and free play during the summer months in the parks and green spaces in Jamestown.

“I started midget football when I was seven,” said JHS sophomore Savon VanSickle, who is on the JHS basketball, football and track teams. “It opened my eyes to what sports are out there and it helped me build my character and who I am today. It also helped me socialize and make new friends. The athletic equipment drive is important because there are a lot of kids in Jamestown aren’t as wealthy as others and this drive gives all kids the opportunity to have equipment they couldn’t afford like cleats and balls. Through sports, kids learn to build character and the coaches help make you a better person and player both on the field and off. It also teaches you brotherhood, you look out for the others on the field or the court.”

JPS Athletic Director Ben Drake and JHS student-athletes Savon VanSickle and Takye Branch remind the community about the PROMISE Fund’s Athletic Equipment Drive.

“As important as academic pursuits and achievements are for our JPS students, physical fitness and activity are just as important,” noted John Zabrodsky, Jamestown Schools Promise Fund Chair.

As well as tax-deductible equipment donations, monetary donations will also be accepted and recognized at the kick-off and closing events.

Checks can be made payable to the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation for the JPS PROMISE Fund.

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