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Mount Pleasant Youth Soccer Donates Equipment

MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. – Despite the poor weather, Mount Pleasant Youth Soccer was able to raise a large amount of used equipment Saturday to be donated to Peace Passers, a not-for-profit group that collects used soccer equipment for underprivileged children.

“I'm really proud of all of our Mt. Pleasant American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) families who answered the call and provided us with an overwhelming amount of donations despite the bad weather,” Mark Rubeo, Commissioner of Mount Pleasant AYSO, said in an email.

Through the equipment drive, the organization was able to collect 375 jerseys, 303 pairs of shorts, 137 pairs of socks, 52 pairs of cleats, 25 pairs of shin guards and four balls. The drive was held at the Mount Pleasant Community Center in Valhalla.

Rubeo said the idea for the drive started with him and his co-commissioner Matthew Manfredi but that they could not have raised a substantial donation without the help of Kathleen Mangels and Carleen Miller-Verna, parents of children within the soccer program.

“Carleen and Kathleen organized our efforts, advertised the event and arranged for local confirmation students to serve as volunteers to assist in collecting and organizing all of the donations,” Rubeo said.   “Mt. Pleasant AYSO and the communities that will benefit from our donations are very fortunate to have such dedicated and generous volunteers.”

Peace Passers is an organization that has collected soccer equipment from 26 states across the country and has matched and distributed the equipment to 30 countries worldwide.

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