Bring Old Shoes for the Old Shoe Game
Have sports equipment that still has life in it? Bring your “old shoes” to the Old Shoe Game.
The Old Shoe Game is coming up 5 pm, this Friday, August 23, at the Lacey Recreation Stadium. While the admission price is still a sports drink, youth recreation groups are asking families to bring along their old youth athletic shoes and other sports equipment to the game as well, so they can be passed on to others.
The Old Shoe Game will be used as the kick-off for an athletic equipment exchange program called Play It Forward, aimed at recycling youth sports equipment to promote involvement.
“We will be accepting equipment at the Old Shoe Game and during normal registration events for youth recreation programs,” said Sherry Vavra, Director of the Mahaska Community Recreation Foundation (MCRF). “When families register to participate in youth football, soccer, softball, baseball, or track, donated equipment will be available for young athletes to take and use,” she said.
Items accepted include gently used youth football cleats, jerseys, softball/baseball cleats, bats, gloves, pants, safety equipment, sliding pads, and soccer cleats, league jerseys, shin guards and shorts, and track spikes.
“The Old Shoe Game is a long-standing tradition in the community. It marks start of a new football season for area youth,” said Kevin Peterson, Oskaloosa High School Athletic Director. “It seemed a great time to start a new tradition of gathering ‘old’ shoes and equipment for youth in the community. We hope it will strengthen our tradition of being a recreation community and help us get focused on encouraging everyone to get in the game.”