You can donate children’s sports balls to Legends during the World Cup – press telegram

The Press-Telegram has some exciting news about this year’s Let’s Play Ball campaign benefiting Long Beach’s Boys & Girls Clubs:

To boost sports ball donations, we’re leveraging the excitement surrounding the 2022 FIFA World Cup – with the help of a famous local sports bar.

Legends Restaurant and Sports Bar, the first modern sports bar in the United States, has agreed to be a place during the World Cup for customers to drop off sports balls as part of PT’s Let’s Play Ball campaign.

“As the forefather of all sports bars, Legends has always been in the community, serving athletes from elementary school through college,” said Matt Peterson, co-owner of Legends, 5236 E. Second St. Tuesday, Nov. 22. “We are excited to be able to help the children at Long Beach Boys & Girls Clubs.”

While Legends have been busy at Belmont Shore since the start of the World Cup earlier this week, the biggest attraction will be the US men’s national team.

And the American Outlaws fan group — a non-profit organization dedicated to organizing support for U.S. men’s, women’s and youth soccer teams — will host watch parties at the Legends during upcoming USMNT games.

The United States will play strong favorites England in a key game on Friday 25 November at 11am CET and then take on Iran on Tuesday 29 November at 11am CET. In their first game of Group B, USA played against Wales to a 1-1 draw.

“We are very excited to partner with Legends for the ball drive,” said Don Rodriguez, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach. “I can see it now, these donors at Legends watching one of our club members at the 2030 World Cup who made it thanks to balls donated eight years earlier.”

The Press-Telegram, along with sister newspaper The Grunion Gazette, are asking readers to donate new sports balls and money to the clubs’ sports, fitness and recreation programmes. The aim is to have 2,800 new balls available to clubs by the December 12th entry deadline (although the World Cup ends on December 18th). The Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach serves more than 2,500 youth ages 6 to 18 at 13 locations in west, north and central neighborhoods of the city.

The clubs need different balls: basketballs, softballs, soccer balls, dodgeballs, volleyballs, kickballs, tether balls and tennis balls – and of course soccer balls.

Earlier this week, Minh Luu, Director of Special Projects for the Long Beach Clubs, delivered boxes to Legends as a drop-off point, joining other locations around town.

“We’re excited to support the Boys & Girls Club’s annual ball event,” said Cassidy Jones, a Legends server.

In addition to dropping new sports balls into one of the boxes at Legends, donors can also scan one of two QR codes on the boxes.

A QR code directs donors to the Amazon Wishlist, where they can purchase items and ship them directly to the Long Beach Boys & Girls Club Administrative Office.

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