BALTIMORE – On Friday, September 7, the UMBC women's soccer team will partner with Leveling the Playing Field (LPF) to collect gently used sports equipment for youth sports programs in the Baltimore area.
Did you know that 1 in 5 underserved households are not getting their kids involved in athletics because of the rising price of sporting equipment? LPF works within the community to collect used/excess sporting equipment so that we can ensure that every kid living in and around the greater Baltimore area can enjoy the benefits of athletic involvement. LPF's donations benefit Title I/Charter Schools and youth/after-school programs looking to engage their students in the physical & mental benefits of youth sports participation.
"LPF is thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with the UMBC Women's Soccer Program at their home opener game against Mount St. Mary's. The sporting equipment collected at the game will help to ensure that every kid living in and around the greater Baltimore area can enjoy the benefits of athletic involvement," said LPF Program Manager Kaitlin Brennan. "Coach Vanessa Mann has been instrumental in making this collection drive a reality and this partnership demonstrates the commitment UMBC Athletics has to its community both on and off the field."
According to LPF's website, they have donated over $2 million worth of equipment to over 400 programs.
"Getting to know Kaitlin and the work that she and everyone else at LPF are doing on a daily basis aligns directly with not only myself but our women's soccer program here at UMBC," said UMBC head women's soccer coach Vanessa Mann. "Serving and giving back to the greater Baltimore community is what we want to be known for. I know this event is just the beginning of a long lasting relationship between LPF and UMBC Women's Soccer."
For more information about LPF, please visit levelingtheplayingfield.org.