Purchase a sports ball, give the gift of hope.

Good news on a Chicago area youth charity bringing the gift of sports to impoverished children during the holidays: Are you looking for a cool holiday gift? Check out how you can purchase a Gear for Goals’ logo’d sports ball and help a child in need below!

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Aiming to bring sport, hope and opportunity to children living in poverty both locally and internationally during the holiday season, Northbrook-based youth charity Gear for Goals (G4G) recently launched their ‘One Gives One’ campaign.

During One Gives One, G4G will donate a new soccer ball or baseball to a child living in poverty for every soccer ball or dozen baseballs purchased at G4G’s website.

Community members can purchase a logo’d G4G sports ball and help a child in need at g4gsports.org. Multiply your gift giving during the holidays! Together, we can make a difference.

Working for the past year to develop a significant footprint of impact around the world, Gear for Goals has currently delivered sport and hope to over 25,000 children in 15 countries. The request outstrips the resource nearly 10 to 1, according to Gear for Goals’ Executive Director Dr. Warren Bruhl and more donated equipment is needed to fulfill all the requests. This is especially true for soccer equipment and soccer balls. Soccer is the international sport of the world and Gear for Goals aims to help the over one billion children around the world who have no sport to have a chance.

Soccer balls purchased through G4G’s One Gives One campaign are high quality number 5 Baden Soccer Balls and the baseballs are high quality Baden balls. Help Gear for Goals help them! Excellent gifts for the holidays, One Gives One can also be utilized as a fundraiser for sports groups or teams. For more information on how your group can get involved, contact. Dr. Warren Bruhl at 847.869.2031

Gear for Goals is a sports project of non-profit Dreamweaver International based in Northbrook, Illinois and Kenya, East Africa.
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Gear for Goals’ relief efforts continue through the end of the year with a mission trip to Kenya, East Africa and welcomes all donations of new and used sports gear and musical instruments. To donate gear or to make a cash donation, contact Dr. Warren Bruhl at dr.bruhl@dreamweaver911.org or by phone at 847.869.2031.

G4G currently provides sport equipment to children in the Dominican Republic, Kenya, Bolivia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Russia, Philippines, Jamaica, India, and Cuba. For more information about ways you can help, visit dreamweaver911.org.

Charity fundraiser brings sports and hope to kids in need

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Gear for Goals collects sports equipment for kids in need during mega sports gear donation drive at the Schaumburg Boomers.

On Friday, June 21st, 2013, Gear for Goals (G4G) partnered with the Schaumburg Boomers Baseball Team to present a large scale sports and musical instrument donation drive. On this day, G4G asked fans to bring along new and used sports equipment and musical instruments to donate to children in need.

Fans came out in full force to support the effort and over 2,500 pieces of equipment were donated during the event. The Schaumburg Boomers Baseball League also made a donation 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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G4G Compassion Associate and World Renowned Photographer Dan Borris joins the effort to bring joy of sports to children of Cuba during recent trip.

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 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 newly appointed 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 capturing 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 the Dominican Republic, Kenya, Bolivia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Russia, Philippines, Jamaica, India, and Cuba. For more information on ways you can support the effort, visit dreamweaver911.org. 

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’ Vision is to see every child in the world have the opportunity to play, compete, and enjoy sport through equal access to necessary equipment and instruction. 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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