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Seneca Valley Donating Athletic Gear to Superstorm Sandy Victims

The district is giving athletic shoes and warm up suits that are no longer used by students to a hard hit community in New Jersey.

Seneca Valley is giving away its cleats for a good cause.

At Monday’s school board meeting, officials unanimously approving donating athletic shoes and other sports apparel no longer used by Seneca Valley students to a community in Ocean City, N.J. devastated by Superstorm Sandy.

“The students there lost everything,” said Seneca Valley athletic director Heather Lewis.

Lewis said the WPIAL approached her and other school districts in the area about supplying the hard-hit community with sports equipment. There will be four drop-off points for sports apparel around the region, including at North Allegheny High School, she said.

In Seneca Valley’s case, Lewis said she would assess Seneca Valley’s inventory of shoes and warm up suits from two of the high school’s teams—soccer and track—for quality before sending them on to Ocean City.

District spokeswoman Linda Andreassi emphasized the materials being donated are gently-used items that have been in storage at Seneca Valley for a number of years.

"There are a few things in our closet that we can afford to provide for this worthy cause because they are no longer being used," she said.

She added students and parents typically buy their own warm-up suits. The suits Seneca Valley has in storage were borrowed by students who could not afford to purchase their own, she said. When the sports season end, the students return the items.

She added there would still be plenty of warm up suits and other items available for Seneca Valley athletes following the donation.

"There will still be an inventory there for students to use if they can’t afford to buy their own," she said.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Ocean City community suffered an estimated $440 million in damage.

Mary November 14, 2012 at 02:46 PM
While I feel that this is a very kind thing to do, I am concerned with the school having problems with finances, and the fact that they have these clothes and shoes just lying around. Should they not order uniforms and cleats for the students participating and not have extras lying around. I would really like to know just how much extra stuff that we have lying around to donate. Not only extra stuff from the soccer and track team.....but for all sports! Perhaps we can find more to cut out of the budget, or use the money for educational purposes. If they have all this extra stuff, and they aren't being used then they are wasting money....something that they can ill afford to do!
Jessica Sinichak November 14, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Hi Mary, I've added some updates to the article that may answer your questions. According to the district, these items are not extras lying around, but gently-worn apparel (some suits with worn knees, etc.) that have been in storage for a number of years. Most students buy their own warm up suits, but the district did have these items in storage in case someone needed to borrow them. There will still be an inventory of these items following the box of items that will be donated to Ocean City, according to the district. Hope that helps!

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