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Lending a helping hand

Christopher Kamrani, Of the Record staff

Two sets of shin guards, a pair of shoes and some lacrosse gear that’s just the beginning.

Snyderville Basin Recreation has planted a seed that it hopes to see eventually bloom into something special for the local community.

The newly-minted "Re-Play" equipment program is a plan that was set up by members of the staff at the Field House to help out local youths interested in obtaining more sufficient sports equipment.

Recreation program manager, Brian Hanton, saw this as an open window to reach out to those that aren’t fortunate enough to be able to buy new gear each and every year.

"What we noticed this year made us more aware of what was going on," Hanton said. "We noticed some older kids outgrowing shoes and shin guards who weren’t able to have adequate equipment after. A couple players didn’t even have cleats."

The program is dedicated to absorbing local donations from members of the community who either do not need unused sporting equipment, or who just feel like taking the time to donate the simplest of things such as soccer cleats, baseball mitts or lacrosse sticks.

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"If there are people who are tired of seeing the same big bin in their garage after five years, or if they’re doing their house cleaning at the end of a season, that’s for us," Hanton said.

Hanton said as of right now, the two bins set up at the Field House only have the two sets of shin guards, pair of shoes and various lacrosse equipment, but the program is expected to grow when the recreation seasons change over.

"We do a number of different sports," he said. "Baseball, basketball, soccer, lacrosse. We’re hoping for all types of equipment for those sports."

Hanton mentioned that, eventually, he hopes to receive an adequate amount of donations so that the program could house Re-Play in a local storage unit and could be held as a cache where people interested in obtaining items could call and ask what is available.

Hanton went on to dispel any notion that there aren’t people in Summit County in need of such help.

"Some people think in this area there isn’t (a need)," he said. "But this a community just like any other place’

As of right now, the bins are not accepting sport clothing, such as jerseys, but with each season and help from the public, Re-Play has the ability to be a timely lending hand to those in need.

"We figured it was the time to take care of our own and take care of the people in this community," Hanton said.

For donations, head to the Basin Field House, or contact the department at (435) 655-0999.