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Charity fundraiser collects sports gear and musical instruments for kids in need.

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  • Gear for Goals' volunteers received over 2,000 items of donated sports gear and musical equipment for kids in need during G4G's Awareness Night at the Schaumburg Boomers.

      Gear for Goals' volunteers received over 2,000 items of donated sports gear and musical equipment for kids in need during G4G's Awareness Night at the Schaumburg Boomers.
    Dan Borris

 
April Neill

Fans came out in full force to support Gear for Goals' fundraising effort to bring sports and music to kids in need and over 2,000 pieces of sports equipment and musical instruments were donated during the event. The Schaumburg Boomers Baseball League also donated gear to the cause.

Founding director, Dr. Warren Bruhl says, "So many children around the world have virtually nothing. They have no soccer balls, no baseball mitts, absolutely no equipment to play with and have little hope for a brighter tomorrow. However, our abundance in the United States and our gently used sports gear and even musical instruments can be a Godsend to a child. Everyone has something in the garage or closet going unused and they just want to know someone will put it to good use. That's where we come in and provide the resource to connect the need with the generous giving."


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Since Gear for Goals' launch the summer of 2012, over 7,500 pieces of sports equipment and uniforms have been provided to underprivileged children around the world.

"Our heartfelt thanks go out to the Boomer's fans and to the Schaumburg Boomers as well for making this event such a success," stated Bruhl. "Equipment donated will make a difference in a child's life and will help bring them joy of sport and of music, but mostly, hope."

Gear for Goals' Mega Sports Gear and Musical Instrument Drive sought to fill a semi truck with donated gear to benefit children in need. In total, G4G aims to provide equipment to over 10,000 children globally this year through their 10,000/$10,000 campaign.

Supporting the effort was G4G's Youth Ambassador, Jared Kuper who threw the opening pitch of the game. Jared is on a mission to raise awareness for childhood diabetes and with his new appointment with G4G, to impact the lives of children around the world.

The event also featured a performance by pop/singing songwriting duo, Acoustic Truth, composed of Ryan Knott and Sarah Lendy, who performed "Save the Children" during the pre-game festivities.

In addition to G4G's team of volunteers including world renowned photographer Dan Borris who was on hand to capture the event, Josh Kerman who led a live DJ performance, and dance instructor Jennifer Eirinberg who choreographed G4G's flash mob dance, other participants included individuals from Volunteer Match who came out to support the cause.

G4G currently ships to 12 countries including the Dominican Republic, Kenya, Bolivia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Russia, Philippines, Jamaica, India, and Ukraine. For more information about volunteering or ways you can join the effort, visit http://www.dreamweaver911.org.

About Jared Kuper

Jared Kuper serves as American Diabetes Association's National Youth Action Council Member and as Humanitarian Youth Ambassador for Gear for Goals. Fore more information, visitwww.JaredKuper.org.

About Gear for Goals

Gear for Goals is a project of Dreamweaver International, a 501c(3) organization located in the United States that provides education, healthcare, and humanitarian aid to the people of the Rift Valley of Kenya. Gear for Goals' Mission is to provide every child enjoyment, passion, and love of sport. Follow Gear for Goals at Facebook.com/GearforGoals.

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