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Why Legacy Laces?

Have you ever observed a mound of unused sports equipment just lying around your garage? Or wonder what you should do with those outgrown cleats that still have life in them? More than once, maybe you thought to yourself, "I bet there's someone out there who could use these."  We know we did.  


In fact, we believe that the underutilization of these piles of unused sports gear is lamentable given the incredible need for sports equipment by underprivileged kids across our nation pleading for the opportunity to play team sports. But it's not the missing gear that drove us to start Legacy Laces. It's the problem of sidelined kids missing out on the opportunity to thrive from the positive physical, mental, and emotional benefits associated with playing team sports that moved us to action. Time and again, studies show that participation in team sports allows kids to learn about teamwork, make lasting friendships, develop communication skills, feel a sense of community, learn respect for their teammates and coaches, and the importance of being a responsible and reliable team member; and we believe that having the chance to learn these life-lessons on the field will serve kids well beyond the pitch and into their adult lives.


Legacy Laces was therefore founded to ensure there would be a way to bring excess, outgrown and/or unused gear to underprivileged kids so they would have the opportunity to play team sports and benefit from all that athletics has to offer!

Our Mission

We believe that having the opportunity to play team sports can change lives. So, we’re on a mission to get gear into the hands of kids who are sidelined or struggling to stay involved.  

Our Values

  • Team-Driven: We are supportive of each other's efforts. We are loyal to one another.  We commit to working together toward a common vision.
  • Enthusiastic: We show passion, commitment and dedication in our everyday quest to enrich and empower young lives.  
  • Accountable: We honor our commitments and accept responsibility for our actions.
  • Mindful: We are conscious that today's actions or decisions can have a lasting impact on the lives of others for many years.

Our Vision

Ensuring today’s youth are equipped for sports so that tomorrow’s adults are equipped for life.

A Note From our Founder, Jeanette Wood

During my over three decades of playing sports, I observed an inordinate amount of sports gear going to waste including, at times, my own. Having benefited from the countless positive ways sports has impacted my life, I founded Legacy Laces to ensure there would be a way to bring this unused equipment to kids desperately needing it so they, too, could benefit from sports. 


With a deep understanding and appreciation of how playing team sports as a youngster taught me so many of the lessons I'm now applying to my adult life, I am committed to helping kids who are sidelined from sports get in the game by equipping them with the gear they need to participate. I  am passionate about ensuring as many children as possible have the chance to enjoy the life-changing opportunities and positive benefits associated with playing team sports because of the joy, inspiration and refuge that sports was, and still is, for me.


So, with the backing and support of our generous donors, Legacy Laces looks forward to turning our vision of "ensuring today’s youth are equipped for sports so that tomorrow’s adults are equipped for life" into reality.


--Jeanette

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