Go Green Glen Ellyn and Glen Ellyn Park District Announce Second SportSwap to Help Gently Used Sporting Equipment Find a New Home

Posted on: July 12, 2022

Glen Ellyn Park District and Go Green Glen Ellyn are holding their second SportSwap on Saturday, July 23 from 1:00-3:00 p.m., allowing residents to recycle their gently used sporting goods equipment by trading it in for other items they might need in the upcoming fall sport season.

Residents can turn in their equipment July 18-22 at Ackerman Sports & Fitness Center, 800 St. Charles Road, Glen Ellyn, and receive a voucher depending on the item contributed. Donations of equipment will also be accepted, and residents can purchase equipment directly with a credit card or cash on the 23rd whether or not they have vouchers. Sanitized water bottles not claimed from the Ackerman Sports & Fitness Center lost and found will also be available for purchase for $1 each.

All proceeds from the Swap will benefit the Friends of Glen Ellyn Parks’ Scholarship Fund that helps residents who may be struggling financially to be able to participate in programming through the Glen Ellyn Park District. “While we love raising money for the scholarship fund, the Swap provides a savings for local families as most equipment still has plenty of life in it,” says Go Green co-founder and President Jacquelyn Casazza. “Importantly, SportSwap helps keep the things a family outgrows from ending up in a landfill.”

The first SportSwap, held in April 2022, kept 20 pounds of uniforms and over 100 water bottles out of the landfill and found new homes for 98 balls and 40 pairs of cleats, among other sporting equipment. Remaining bottles, cleats, and soccer balls were donated to the newly formed soccer program at Glen Ellyn Children’s Resource Center. Additional leftover balls from other sports were donated to a local school’s Physical Education department. Other items swapped included sleds, ballet shoes, softball and baseball gloves and bats, ice and roller skates, tennis racquets, golf clubs, equipment bags, and even skis.

For more information about the SportSwap and the items accepted, click here.