June 30, 2015 (St. Petersburg, FL) - In continuation of their partnership, the Tampa Bay Rays, starting pitcher Chris Archer and Good Sports presented a variety of new sports equipment to the St. Petersburg Police Athletic League in support of their growing youth sports program. The organization is opening a second facility with the intention of drawing in even more of St. Petersburg's youth throughout the year.
This donation will allow the Police Athletic League to continue their high quality programming without having to worry about additional costs.
"The demonstration of community support from Good Sports, the Tampa Bay Rays and Chris Archer is so important to PAL," said Doug Linder, Executive Director of the St. Petersburg Police Athletic League. "We often have to look for areas of the budget to cut to make ends meet. While equipment is not one we want to cut, we often have to reduce spending in this area and make do with what we have or obtain used equipment for our kids. PAL kids deserve better and we are grateful to Mr. Archer, the Rays and to Good Sports for their investment in the St. Petersburg community's youth."
During the morning ceremony, Archer took the time to engage the children on a variety of topics, including the importance of physical activity and following your dreams. He stressed that practice in the classroom - even during the summer - is just as important as the practice that they put in on the field.
"The St. Pete Police Athletic League is a program that I'm excited to continue supporting," said Archer. "Working with Good Sports and the Rays to provide equipment to and empower youth in something that is very important to me."
After the equipment was unveiled, the kids had an opportunity to play T-ball, soccer, dodgeball and a number of other games.
"We're excited to continue supporting youth programs with the Tampa Bay Rays and Chris," said Christy Keswick, Chief Operating Officer at Good Sports. "The St. Petersburg Police Athletic League has demonstrated an ability to continually engage their youth in sports and other structured physical activities, which is what we strive to encourage at Good Sports. The backing of the Rays has allowed us to once again find a great program to support in the community."
Now in the second year of partnership, Good Sports and the Rays have been able to provide over $67,000 in equipment and apparel to youth sports programs in Charlotte County, Hillsborough County and Pinellas County. In that time they have provided 3,000 children with the resources to lead healthier, more active lifestyles.