RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) -
The Richmond Flying Squirrels are collecting baseball gloves for kids who want to play, but may not be able to afford them.
This initiative is in partnership with Richmond Parks and Recreation.
"The whole emphasis is for people who have old baseball gloves that they are not using anymore, bring them to the park and we will be able to give them to [Richmond] Parks and Rec," says Todd "Parney" Parnell, Vice President / Chief Operating Officer of the Richmond Flying Squirrels.
According to Parnell, among the list of things the kids needed in order to play baseball were gloves. This could be a reason why many poorer kids aren't even experimenting with baseball.
"It's just a glove, but it's much more than that," Parnell says. "Hopefully it's a tool that allows them to fall in love with the game of baseball."
The Squirrels will be collecting the gloves throughout the season. The next Flying Squirrels game starts Thursday at 6:35 p.m. against the Altoona Curve.
Once you get to the ballpark, just let any of the employees know you have a glove, someone will direct you to the drop-off box.