Success Stories

With the help of communities, schools, and park and recreation departments around the country, the Global Gear Drive has been able to successfully collect and distribute equipment to several developing regions around the world.

Some of the countries where children have received equipment include Dominica, Trinidad, Nepal, Liberia, Cameroon, and Zambia. The Global Gear Drive also provided equipment for children who were the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Here are some other recent success stories:

Supporting U.S. efforts in Iraq

When a request for sporting equipment from a U.S. soldier stationed in Iraq was received, the Global Gear Drive staff wasted no time in gathering a shipment together and sending it overseas. Boxes full of jerseys, soccer balls, shin guards and cleats were sent to Iraq, where they were cheerfully accepted by the children there.

I was hoping to find an organization that would be interested in sponsoring a neighborhood soccer (football) league. We have several here, but the fields they play on are not in the best condition. They need nets, balls, jerseys or uniforms – cleats would be nice – and more than anything, they need someone who cares."
U.S. Army Captain William Perrich

Helping refugee children in Darfur

According to UNICEF, there are 1.8 million children who have been affected by the conflict in the Darfur region of Sudan. In an effort to provide these children with the joy of sports and relief from the conflict, the Global Gear Drive sent shipments of equipment to support the Game On! Youth Sports project that was established for children living in Internally Displaced Peoples (IDP) camps in Darfur.

The response in general is overwhelming- most of all, the children of Darfur needed to have some fun and smile because they have been mourning for too long.”
-Major Innocent Chileshe,
African Union Military Peacekeeping Force

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