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This past week, as part of a partnership with the Washington Capitals, we began to distribute hockey equipment to kids in need. first string of events with the Capitals. Over the last weekend we distributed hockey equipment to Maryland Blind Hockey & Dreams for Kids.  Hockey is an extremely expensive sport, so

 

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Hi LPF followers! Happy 2016!

I wanted to start with a quick look back at 2016 before we move forward.

Since LPF's inception, we have donated over a million dollars worth of equipment. A little under half of that was in 2015 alone.

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Hi LPF followers,

This is my first blog as part of Leveling the Playing Field! I have had a super busy first few weeks here. Max and I are definitely getting used to working together. It’s similar to having a college roommate since its just two guys here (and Moe).

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In my first blog, I wrote about Phillip Thomas who at a young age, realized that the hand he was dealt, while different than mine, did not have to consume his life.   Phillip’s coaches taught him that by working hard and excelling on the football field, he could have a better life than that into which he was born.  As I mentioned in my previous post, I was fortunate when I grew up to have a bed, food, vacations, and access to participate in any sport I wanted.  The activity I most enjoyed was athletics.  From the day I could grasp a toy, I was constantly throwing a ball or swinging a baseball bat.  As I grew older, this continued. I participated in many different sports – some for many years and some for a few months.  Whatever the case was, I never had to worry about having the equipment I needed.  It would have been very easy for me to take all of this for granted.  I was lucky to have parents who constantly reminded me how lucky I was to be in this position.  They instilled this message by getting me involved in a wide array of community service activities both in the United States and abroad.  While most people would have noticed the run down schools and hospitals, with my obsession with sports, I always noticed the lack of sporting equipment in these communities. I know how much sporting equipment ...

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I would like to start my first blog post with a quick story from my time as an equipment manager with the Syracuse University football program.  On a beautiful fall day, I remember hustling over from my finance class all the way across campus to the Carrier Dome for our 2:30 PM practice.  Once I arrived at the stadium and finished setting up the defensive drills for the day, I started throwing the football with our Defensive Coordinator (now Head Coach), Scott Shafer.  As the players began to spill into the stadium, one of our young freshman defensive backs, Phillip Thomas, walked up to Coach Shafer with a huge smile on his face.  “Hey coach, I got an 89 on this test!” – what followed was a reaction that took me by surprise.  Coach Shafer was so jubilant you would have thought Phillip had just won us the National Championship.  His display of academic success was as important to Coach Shafer as were Phillip’s game saving tackles, sacks and numerous interceptions.

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