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Good Sports Donation FAQs

  • Can you tell me more about Good Sports?
Good Sports in a non-profit organization that helps to lay the foundation for healthy, active lifestyles by providing athletic equipment, footwear, and apparel to disadvantaged young people nationwide. They are a national organization that has served organizations across over 40 states and impacted over 670,000 kids since their inception in 2003. You can learn more about their work at www.goodsports.org
 
  •  What are some brands that Good Sports has received donations from?
New Balance, Easton-Bell Sports, Under Armour, Reebok, Wilson, EB Brands, Nike, SAM Bat, BSN Sports and etc.
  
  •  Why should we donate to them?
Good Sports is unique in their understanding of the sporting goods and fitness industry and that they work hard to make sure that they are helping you solve business challenges as well as making an impact on local youth.
  
  •  What is the real benefit for manufacturers in making donations?
Probably the most significant benefit that Good Sports can provide member companies is the ability to take in products you are not able to sell—including returns from retailers; slight defects from manufacturing; older models and excess inventory. However, working with Good Sports can provide additional operational, strategic and marketing benefits for your organization.  To learn more about specific benefits that might fit your needs, please click here
  
  •  Am I committing to ongoing donations?
No. You can work with Good Sports as much or as little as it makes sense for your business. SFIA and Good Sports also understand that you may have other charitable interests and may only be interested in working with them in certain business scenarios.
 
  •  Are these donations tax deductible?
Good Sports is a 501(c)3 organization and donations are tax deductible subject to IRS guidelines.
 
  • Is there an age limit to the recipients of these donations?
Good Sports only donates to kid programs for 5-18 years old.
 
  • What kind of equipment would they be interested in?
Good Sports serves youth ages participating in virtually all sports. Therefore, equipment for most team sports, fitness equipment, apparel, and footwear is relevant to their organization. Please click here to complete a donation inquiry form or contact them directly regarding any specific donation questions at 617.471.1213 or info@goodsports.org.
 
  •   Do they accept used equipment? Refurbished equipment?
Good Sports relies on new equipment and is unable to take in used equipment. In certain cases, they may be able to take in refurbished fitness equipment assuming it is has been through a certification process with the original manufacturer. 
 
  • Are they interested in adult sizes as well?
Yes. Because Good Sports serves kids through high school, adult sizes are often relevant. They do have a limited capacity to take in sizes greater than Adult XL.
 
  • How do we know this is going to the right kids?
Good Sports has an established due diligence process that ensures that equipment is donated to kids in the greatest need. Their process includes 1.) Determined criteria for applicants 2.) An online application process 3.) And an internal audit and review of each program.
 
  • Do they serve all states? International locations?
Currently Good Sports has the capacity to donate to organizations across all the United States. If you want to restrict your donations to a certain geography, you can communicate this to Good Sports. At this time, they are not engaged in international donations.
 
  • How does shipping work?
The manufacturer will handle all shipping logistics through their existing relationships. All donations will be shipped to the Good Sports warehouse. Typically, the manufacturer covers all costs of shipping to the Good Sports warehouse and Good Sports covers all costs of shipping to individual organizations. In certain instances, Good Sports will work with the company in sharing the shipping costs to the warehouse.
 
  • Where is the Good Sports Shipping Warehouse located? 
Good Sports shipping warehouse is located in the Greater Boston, Massachusetts area. Donations are shipped all over the country from this warehouse.
 
  • Is there a generic PR campaign process that Good Sports has created that an organization can follow once the donation is made? 
Good Sports strives to generate awareness and recognition for all equipment donors through the following marketing benefits:
1.    Inclusion of logo included on website www.goodsports.org
2.    Recognition on social media assets
3.    Press releases generated and distributed for all major donations 
4.    Generating impact reports with stories and photos around the impact of the donation on the community and easily sharable with employees, press and customers  

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