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Used sports equipment drive will honor Shrewsbury’s John Snyder

HPIM1319SHREWSBURY – Start cleaning out your closets guys!  The Shrewsbury Leaders of Tomorrow Groups from Oak Middle School, St Johns and SHS, in conjunction with the Worcester Sharks, is organizing the first annual John Snyder Memorial Sports Equipment Drive.

On Sunday, March 21st, from 10:00AM -2:00PM, the Leaders of Tomorrow group will be assembled in front of Shrewsbury Town Hall, accepting donations of all types of gently used Baseball, Basketball, Golf, Football, Lacrosse, Soccer and Hockey gear.   Group members will work to catalog each and every item, attach large tags with sizes, and package it for donation to members of the Boys and Girls Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass, DSS Foster Children, Friendly House, the Mustard Seed, You Inc., and youth groups from the Worcester area.

Specifically, they are looking for baseball bats, gloves, baseball equipment bags, cleats, bats, catchers equipment, training aids, basketballs, uniforms, soccer balls, lacrosse and field hockey sticks, shin guards, footballs, pads, practice jerseys, hockey sticks, golf clubs, skates and specialized sports shoes and sports sneakers (as opposed to random pairs of old sneakers which are not needed), roller blades, snowboards, batting helmets and anything else that can be used for a specific sport.

All of the items will be made available to children in need at a special “free shopping day” to be held at the DCU center, at which group members with experience in each particular sport and members of the Worcester Sharks, will work hand in hand with children in need, helping them select the proper size equipment for their needs.

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John and Justine

John and Justine Snyder

The drive is being organized to honor the memory of Shrewsbury’s own John Snyder, who dedicated his life to helping provide a safe sports environment for children of our town. A Boston College graduate, and famed BC Hockey player, John founded the facility that held Mass Health and Fitness, the Golf Dome and Hit Quarters, which he made available as an indoor training facility to Shrewsbury athletes of all ages.

Whenever anything came up here in Shrewsbury having to do with Sports, John was there, always with that famous smile that lit up the room, and we know that it would give him incredible joy to know that all of us as a community are coming together to help those less fortunate get out of the house, play a sport, and find their own niche in the world.  We lost John to cancer a few months ago, and are looking forward to bringing the entire community together as a tribute to John an his family.

In his memory, and in a quest to help make the world around us a better place for the youth of our region, we ask that you go through your garage, your closets, your shed, and put together all that sports equipment you’ve been dying to get rid of, and pass it along to the next generation of local athletes.

Our sincere hope is that the local baseball, football, hockey, soccer, basketball and other leagues will take the opportunity to clear out their closets, reach out to their membership, and rally to help those less fortunate, and at the same time honor the memory of this amazing man who has done so very much for the children of Shrewsbury.

Again the drive will be held in front of Shrewsbury Town Hall on Sunday, March 21st, from 10AM-2PM.  If you have any questions, please contact Sam Levine, Leaders of Tomorrow President, at sam@samlevine.org

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