Pictured below are Ridgefield High School juniors Will Hanna, left, and Justin Keller. These students are organizing sports equipment drive to benefit families served by the Saint Joseph Parenting Center in Stamford. Through Sunday, December 12, residents can drop off new sports equipment at two sites in town to benefit the Saint Joseph’s Parenting Center in Stamford. The donations will be given to struggling families to use as gifts for their children during the holiday season. Keller acknowledged that since these families may not have the means to buy a glove or a basketball for their own children around the holidays, giving them an avenue to do so is the goal.
“We’ve seen how sports can evolve in our lives — it’s a critical part of who we are,” he explained. “Just by giving (a child) a piece of equipment, they’ll have that reminder that it’s something they enjoy, and can spark something going forward for the rest of their life.”
“So often the holiday season is associated with this type of joy and happiness, so why not create an outlet for sports?” he posed. “We’re so thankful to … provide this to people during the holidays … and make it possible for them.” The teens have set up boxes near the front entrances of Tiger Sports (27 Catoonah St.) and the Ridgefield Recreation Center (195 Danbury Road) and are accepting donations. Pickup accommodations can also be made. To read the Stamford Advocate article in its entirety, please visit: Ridgefield High athletes host donation drive to inspire love of sports in others (stamfordadvocate.com).