Too many children are afraid to play the game of baseball or girls softball
simply because they cannot afford a glove of their own. Others try with Dad's old glove that is much too big, or with a cheap plastic glove that might have a tear down the middle of it, and they are embarrassed to ask for help if they can't afford a new one or because simply no one cares.
Special Olympics participants are often adults in wheelchairs or with other physical challenges who want to be as normal as possible in enjoying the game of baseball or softball. But, most Special Olympics programs use their funding for overall event production and not the purchase of individual gloves the participants can call their own.
Glove with Love is a program meant to help children and special needs adults, along with non-profit groups in need, who can't afford to help themselves with buying baseball gloves to get children off the streets and into America's favorite pastime. (See more below)
- Troy Turner helps find just the right-sized gloves for TaMitric and his sister, LaMya.
- Police Chief Kyle Westal talks on KSJE Radio about his department's getting involved with Glove With Love.
- Brian Wimsatt, right, and Travis Vanherwaarden are shown with baseball gear to be donated to Glove With Love.
- Troy Turner fits TaMitric for a pair of cleats.
- Radio host Scott Michlin interviews Scott Rounds, director of public safety, and Police Chief Kyle Westall on KSJE Radio 90.9 FM about getting Glove With Love off the ground.
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Thank you, Farmington. Thanks to your generosity, every athlete competing on the three local softball teams in this summer's Special Olympics will, for the first time, all have their very own ball glove to keep before and after the games.
|Rebecca Craig/The Daily Times|
We were hanging out at Farmington Fire Station No. 1 on Friday morning, and the conversation turned to what we could do with all the baseball gloves and equipment our friendly firefighters had collected citywide from so many of you gracious givers.
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FARMINGTON — The Farmington fire and police departments are lending a hand to the community in a new way.
Police, firefighters, stores all join the effort LaMya, an 8-year-old girl, and TaMitric, a 6-year-old boy, reminded me what it was all about Friday afternoon.
The story in Thursday's edition, "A Man and His Glove," apparently touched many hearts. Interest in the story ranged from the governor's office to the front office of the Dodgers baseball organization.
I can do everything through him who gives me strength. --Philippians 4:13 Bob Bundy dreamed of playing professional baseball for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
The phone rang. It was Velma, our receptionist downstairs. "Troy, someone has dropped off another glove," she said.
|File photo by Lucas Ian Coshenet/The Daily Times|
Editor's note: This story is part of an ongoing series intended to promote volunteerism in our community.
That third-base coach of ours looked as tall as the walls of Canyon de Chelly when he stood over there behind the base. We were just a bunch of kids, Little League or younger. He didn't have to yell so loud. We all wanted to bat and get a hit just as much as he was trying to fuss one out of us. Especially me. I was the smallest, tiniest, littlest kid on the team. My first defensive play was memorable enough.
- Farmington Fire Station 1 | 301 N. Auburn
- Farmington Fire Station 2 | 3800 English Road
- Farmington Fire Station 3 | 1401 W. Navajo
- Farmington Fire Station 4 | 790 S. Hutton
- Farmington Fire Station 5 | 609 E. 30th
- Farmington Fire Station 6 | 3101 W. Main
- Farmington Police Station | 900 Municipal Drive
- The Daily Times | 201 N. Allen
The program began with a simple column by the editor asking readers to clean out their closets, garage or storage rooms and donate any old glove to Glove with Love, and we'll clean it up and put it on the hand of someone in need.
Since 2006, hundreds of gloves and pieces of equipment have literally exchanged hands in Farmington, New Mexico, as a result of this program and the volunteer spirit of our local community.
Now, other entities are involved, including the Farmington police and fire departments, local sporting good stores, The Phil arts center on the Navajo Nation in Shiprock, local businesses and many volunteers, including local high school seniors who work for the program as their senior project.
If you have an old glove or any baseball/softball equipment you could donate, or are interested in purchasing new gloves and equipment to donate (as some prefer), please bring it to The Daily Times at 201 N. Allen in Farmington; or, give to any Farmington police officer, or bring it to any Farmington fire station.
No cash, please; we only accept gloves and equipment.
If you are a coach, social worker or someone who knows of a need, or you want more information on Glove with Love, please contact our editor and the program's founder, Troy Turner, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at 505-564-4624 to learn more about the program.
Give a glove with love, and help baseball make a difference in the life of