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On June 28 at McCoy Park, our summer soccer location that serves the kids of New Columbia housing development, volunteers and coaches handed out bags of soccer gear to all comers. We coordinate these giveaways throughout the year, soliciting and storing shoes, shin guards, clothing, water bottles and balls from donors like Adidas, Nike, plus local leagues and retail outlets, everything our growing kids need for pickup and competitive play in the coming year.

We then work with housing directors to get the word out, making sure local kids know when and where to show up. Board member Meghan Pence and her son, Eric, organized this giveaway at McCoy Park, as they have done before, making sure every kid got a big goodie bag full of stuff to fit them. It’s a lot of work, but essential to our mission.

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