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Sporting equipment donation to impact thousands

It will be given to Rochester Public Schools, YMCA, and Boys & Girls Club of Rochester.

Posted: Jul. 12, 2018 6:33 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. – It’s a donation of sporting equipment that will impact thousands of kids.

It all stems from a partnership with Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and the non-profit Good Sports. Since 2011, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group has tried to get kids active through their “Let’s Play” Initiative.

“Helping them mature into healthy, active adults, healthy, active lifestyle,” Scott Palmer, the branch manager of Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, said. “Helps them grow ya know intellectually, physically, emotionally. Helps them find their sense of self and be active.”

Overall, there’s 2,200 pieces of sporting equipment equaling $66,000. It will be given to Rochester Public Schools, YMCA, and Boys & Girls Club of Rochester.

Ryan Fish, the recreational coordinator at the Boys & Girls Club of Rochester, said the equipment is more than just something the kids can play with.

“The fact that they get something to feel is more theirs,” Fish said. “I think is just super impactful for them that they get to feel what it means to take care of something that's brand new.”

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