School will be starting soon, and many students will not only need to pick up school supplies, but sports supplies as well, all of which can add up to a lot of money.
Sports equipment in particular can add up fast, so Lakewood is looking to help children with its first ever sports gear swap.
Used sports equipment can be dropped off at Carmody Recreation Center, 2200 S. Kipling St., until July 29.
The swap will be from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 3, at Carmody.
“This is the first time we’ve done something like this,” said youth sports programmer Stacie Bandy. “We get a lot of kids who play sports in Lakewood, and they’re always growing so they go through a ton of equipment.”
Bandy said that since sports equipment is not cheap, the idea was to give families a way to get some new equipment without spending any money.
“We have many lower income families in Lakewood, and many of them want to try things but can’t afford it,” said Jayna Lang, youth sports coordinator. “We really want this to be a hub for people to exchange items.”
Lang said the timing of the swap was to coincide with schools starting up, since that is another cost that families have to face.
“We don’t want kids to get left out of things because they can’t afford it,” she said.
Items can be picked up on a first come, first serve basis. Bandy said that since it’s the first year for the swap, the goal is to get as many items as possible donated, and the kinks will be ironed out as they arise.
“Right now we’re just looking at this being annual, but if we get a good response, it could be something we do in the spring as well,” Lang said.