In recognition of the changing youth sports landscape, Erie County Legislator Patrick Burke has launched a new Youth Sporting Goods Drive, which will collect lightly used sports equipment for children in need.
"There was once a time when neighborhood kids would grab a ball and play outside for hours," Burke, D-Buffalo, said in his news release. "In recent years, this has become less and less prevalent. Nowadays, when a child wants to play a sport, they need to join an official team whether at a school, community center, or town league. What this also means is that the nearly free options for parents to have their kids enjoy the benefits of a sport are decreasing."
Between now and Nov. 15, schools and community centers across the area are partnering with Legislator Burke’s office to collect sports equipment.
"Unfortunately, for some parents the cost of equipment is so expensive their children can't play sports," Burke said. "Studies have shown travel-team sports can cost parents as much as $2,266 a year, per child. In today's economy where costs are rising as wages stagnant, we as neighbors need to be there for each other. No child should be denied the opportunity to play a sport because they can't afford it."
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