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Recreational sports organizations need holiday help, too

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As you shop for holiday gifts and Toys for Tots contributions or consider tax-deductible end-of-year donations, don't forget that many Triangle recreational sports organizations also could use a little help in tight times.

Your small contribution has great value. Recreational sports programs help kids learn teamwork and other skills they will use in the future, and we all know that physical activity contributes to good health.

The Salvation Army Community Center is among organizaitons to consider. And don't forget your area YMCAs, Boys & Girls Clubs and sports-focused nonprofits. Schools, too.

“We can use any type of sports equipment,” said Chris Winstead, the athletic director at The Salvation Army Community Center in Raleigh. "We offer soccer, flag football, basketball and t-ball leagues, so any equipment for those sports would be put to good use."

Cash, checks and even gas cards are useful, too, especially for organizations such as AAU basketball, baseball, soccer and softball teams that must rent gym or field space and travel to competitions. Ice hockey teams need ice time, and swimming teams need pool time, too.

To post your organizations' needs or to see how you might help, go to the Play! Exchange.

Got more recreational sports news?

Report your own recreational sports news on the free community edition of Play!

Or post a photo of your team or an outstanding individual competitor.

You'll also find an extensive Play! calendar of tryouts, tournaments, camps, clinics and events, including the Triangle's many running events.

Looking for a team or league? Try the Guide to Triangle Recreational Sports.

Does your team need equipment or donations, or do you have equipment or facility time to donate? Check out the Play! Exchange.

- Teri Boggess



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