WILMINGTON, NC – The Wilmington Sharks are currently accepting donations of used youth baseball and softball equipment at Buck Hardee Field on behalf of area Boys and Girls Clubs and the organization’s growing Tee-Ball program.

As the Community Boys and Girls Club and Brigade Boys and Girls club continue to establish their respective youth tee-ball programs, there is an immediate need for baseball and softball equipment for use by participants. The Sharks, through the Sharky’s Kids Program, desire to assist in the development of these tee-ball programs and youth baseball through the acceptance of equipment donations by the Sharks front office.

“There is an unfortunate shortage of youth baseball equipment as the clubs begin their programs so we see the need to help by collecting equipment to be donated directly to them,” explained Sharks Director of Community Relations Tom Lamont. 

Accepted equipment includes youth-sized baseball and softball gloves, youth-sized or tee-ball specific bats, tee-balls, height-adjustable baseball or softball tees, youth size baseball or softball cleats and any other essential equipment.

All equipment given to the Sharks will be immediately donated to the Boys and Girls Clubs for use by their respective tee-ball programs.

The mission of the Boys and Girls Club is: “to inspire and, through character development, enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.”

The Sharky’s Kids Program partners with businesses, individuals, and civic organizations to bring underprivileged and children with handicaps to Buck Hardee Field for games each season, experience the game of baseball, have a traditional baseball meal, and enjoy all of the special activities during the game. During the off-season, the program focuses it’s philanthropic efforts outward to the community and toward the organizations it welcomes to the ballpark each summer.

Equipment may be donated to the Sharks front office on weekdays between 10 AM and 4 PM. Donations may also be directed to Tom Lamont by special arrangement by emailing [email protected].

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The Wilmington Sharks are a proud founding member of the Coastal Plain League of summer collegiate baseball, have been crowned CPL champions twice and league organization of the year twice. All media inquiries may be directed by email to [email protected] or by phone to 910-343-5621.