POSTED: Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 4:00am
UPDATED: Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 4:04am
Baton Rouge, La — For the month of September, the Whole Foods Market Baton Rouge store, located at 7529 Corporate Boulevard, will collect gently used or new sports equipment for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge, an organization that focuses on academic success, healthy lifestyles, and good character and citizenship. Through the assistance of the Baton Rouge Area Sports Foundation, the equipment drive will support the Boys & Girls Club’s mission, especially pertaining to lifestyle choices and health. The desired equipment includes:
Basketball: balls, shoes (new only), nets (not rims or posts)
Baseball/Softball: baseballs and softballs; bats, mitts, batting gloves, cleats, batting helmets, catcher’s gear
Football: footballs, helmets (new only), shoulder pads, tugs, cleats (new or slightly worn), football gloves
Fishing: poles, fishing boxes, bait
Golf: golf bags, clubs, balls
Hockey: sticks, pucks, pads
Soccer: balls, cleats (new only), shin guards, goalie gloves, goal nets
Tennis: racquets, balls (new only), ball hoppers, grips (new) and over grips, new strings
Volleyball: balls, knee and elbow guards
Coaching supplies: clipboards, air pumps and needles, stop watches, training cones, whistles, first-aid kits, referee uniforms.
As an increasing number of young Americans lead sedentary lifestyles, the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge plays an integral role in combating obesity, deterring drug and alcohol abuse, and reducing premature sexual activity by helping young people make healthy lifestyle choices.
“The problems young people face today are very different from the ones their parents and grandparents faced,” noted Pat Van Burkleo, president and chief professional officer, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge. “As a trusted community partner, we are responsible for our kids – their successes and failures alike – and it is our collective responsibility to equip them with the skills and motivation to reach their full potential.”
The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge is one of more than 4,000 Clubs around the country helping to make a positive impact on the lives of millions of young people.
“One of Whole Foods Market’s Core Values is caring about our communities and environment,” noted Kristina Bradford, Louisiana community and media relations coordinator. “This project is a great way for guests to connect with youth throughout the area and provide them with the tools to begin a path toward activity and make better, healthier choices. We’re grateful to the Baton Rouge Area Sports Foundation for helping us coordinate the drive and partner with the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge.”
For more information on the equipment drive, visit www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/batonrouge . Details on the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge and Baton Rouge Area Sports Foundation programs are available at www.brclubs.org  and www.brasf.com .