NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--2nd Chance Sports (www.2ndchancesports.org), a non-profit organization that donates gently used and new sporting equipment to children in need throughout the New York City area, recently celebrated its collection and donation of more than 25,000 pieces of equipment—a major milestone that was reached just after the fifth anniversary of the organization’s founding.
Anthony Sica, President of 2nd Chance Sports, said, “We have delivered and donated this sporting equipment to more than 40 charitable organizations, which in turn have distributed it to reach thousands of children in need. When we created 2nd Chance Sports, we never realized that our mission would grow so far so fast. Reaching the 25,000-donation mark is a testament to the dedication of my sons, Anthony, Dylan and Matthew Sica, with whom I started the organization.”
A sports-oriented family, the Sicas had a garage very similar to those of many families: it was cluttered with baseball, basketball, roller hockey and football equipment that the brothers had outgrown, said President Anthony Sica, who is employed full time as a Managing Director and partner of Joseph Gunnar & Co., a full-service broker-dealer located in New York City. Most of the items were in great condition and could still be used by others. While cleaning out the garage, they devised the idea of giving away all the used sporting equipment to children in need.
This community project resulted in the formation of 2nd Chance Sports. The Sica brothers saw this as a great way to express awareness and compassion for disadvantaged kids who could not afford to purchase sports equipment on their own. The organization allows concerned individuals to help improve the lives of children in need—one ball and one child at a time.
The mission of 2nd Chance Sports is to improve the lives of disadvantaged children to create a healthier and safer environment through the power of sports and play. Over the past five years, the organization has collected and distributed equipment to areas in Nassau County, Suffolk County and New York City.
The organization collects donations of baseball equipment (including baseballs, gloves, bats, helmets, catcher’s gear, protective gear, etc.); football equipment (including footballs, helmets, shoulder pads, football pants and pads); lacrosse equipment (including sticks, helmets and protective gear); soccer balls and shin guards; basketballs; girls’ softball equipment (including gloves, bats, softballs and helmets); tennis rackets; and hockey equipment (including sticks, helmets, gloves, pants, pads and protective gear). Donated items should be clean, be in good working condition, and include all necessary parts.
Those who are interested in the mission of 2nd Chance Sports, and who are eager to join the effort to provide sports equipment to needy children, are invited to learn more about the organization and find a list of equipment drop-off locations by visiting www.2ndchancesports.org.