The giveSPORTS program provides new and gently-used sports equipment to children in need allowing them the opportunity to get involved in organized sports. About 75% of children in low-income families rarely participate in organized sports. Statistically, participation in extra-curricular sports significantly impacts short and long-term educational, emotional, behavioral, and physical outcomes for disadvantaged, poverty stricken youth.
How you can help:
We also accept new and gently-used items related to the following sports:
Baseball/Softball, Soccer, Football, Basketball, Hockey, Tennis, Lacrosse,
Golf, Karate, Winter Sports, Boxing and Wrestling
Drop off items at one of our A Precious Child Donation Centers:
- 557 Burbank St. Unit E, Broomfield, CO 80020 or
- 2775 Valmont St. Boulder, CO 80304
Other giveSPORTS drop off areas:
- Thunder Academy 6900 W 117th Ave. Broomfield
- Broomfield Soccer Club 5720 W 120th Ave Ste 1 Broomfield
- Crossfit Broomfield
- Page Two 6565 Gunpark Dr. Boulder
- Flatiron Athletic Club 505 Thunderbird Ct. Boulder
- Paul Derda Recreation Center 13201 Lowell Blvd. Broomfield
- Stan Garnett, District Attorney of Boulder and Ambassador of giveSPORTS says: "The giveSPORTS program provides a path to healthy living, good citizenship, and deters children from entering the criminal justice system.
- "When his father started using and selling Methamphetamine when he was 10 years old, Justin really didn't have an adult figure to teach him right from wrong. By age 11 he was already using meth regularly and even joined a gang. When he was 13, he started hearing voices in his head and was institutionalized by his father and diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. In the following two years, Justin was placed in six different institutions. However, this did not solve his problems. He was placed in a juevenile detention center for 6 months for aggravated assault and possession of a fire arm. Afterwards, he was proudly sober for 3 months. However, he was placed back into the custody of his father who was still using meth. Justin slowly fell back into his old habits
and began using again. He was expelled from school for using and dealing drugs. After he was expelled he overdosed on the recreational drug, DXM, and was sent to another institution. That was almost a year ago now. Justin is so proud of his sobriety and is so excited to get his life back on track. Coming to A Precious Child, he has realized that there are more important things in life than drugs and gangs. Having been too consumed with his lifestyle and simply not caring about where his life went, since his sobriety, Justin has been
avidly practicing his soccer skills in order to join a league. With brand new cleats provided by A Precious Child and a soccer ball so he could practice, Justin made the Junior Varsity team at his school this past year. He hopes to graduate from High School while playing soccer and eventually go to college.
- As a young child, Ricky remembered the first time he saw the American Flag. He and his mother had just escaped the abusive household of his father and had safely made their way into the United States from Mexico. His mother told him that here, they would be free. His mother was scared, just having turned 18, she was unsure as to how she would provide for Ricky and herself. Having been dependent upon an abusive boyfriend for so long, she didn't think she had the strength to do it. With the help from family and friends, Ricky and his mom made their way to Colorado to start a new life, free from abuse. When Ricky first started coming into A Precious Child he was a part of a school that would come in and volunteer
occasionally. He was very vocal about how he thought A Precious Child was going to be "lame". However, when he saw all of the families that we helped and how we made them feel, he said it reminded him of his own family. An avid sports fan since he was a child, Ricky was never given the chance to play sports because his family could never afford the gear for him to participate. Since then, we have been able to help Ricky and his family get new clothing and sporting equipment. Receiving help from and volunteering with A Precious Child, Ricky
said, it helped him realize that his family wasn't alone, that other families were struggling as well. More importantly, however, he realized that there were people there to help them. With A Precious Child's help, Ricky was able to join his school's baseball team, something he thought would never happen.
- Michael knew that football season was coming up. He wasn't looking forward to it as he usually does, because this year he was going to have to ask his coach to borrow equipment. To his knowledge, he was the only player on his team who used what he looked at as his teams "leftovers". However, Michael also understood why he couldn't have his own equipment. His father had lost his job early last year. Never having been in a situation where they needed to ask for help, his family struggled to regain some stability. Always having been able to buy new equipment for his sprouting son, Michael's father was saddened to tell him that this year they were going to have to ask his coach for a little help. Luckily, Michael's coach was aware of A Precious Child's giveSPORTS program and quickly referred Michael
and his family to us. Not only did Michael's family receive free clothing where the money they saved was going to go to the rent due in a week, but Michael was able to find football pads and shoes! Michael later told us that he felt confident going to practice on the first day because he was able to be just like everyone else.
- Michael King, Chair of the giveSPORTS Committee and COO of Inversoft said, "I'm involved with giveSPORTS because I think all kids deserve an opportunity to play organized sports no matter their family circumstances. I've seen the difference sports can make in the lives of disadvantaged kids and this program has made a significant impact here in Colorado."