Sports Gift is focused on providing sports to impoverished and disadvantaged children throughout the world. We seek to share God’s love with these children through the gift of sports equipment. Children living in poverty or facing other significant challenges can feel unloved, unwanted and hopeless. Through our gifts we let these children know that there is a God in heaven who loves them and cares for them.
There are 2.2 billion children in the world, 1billion live in poverty. Poverty encompasses all people who are deprived of basic human needs due to economic and social factors. Although poverty is defined differently around the world, these basic human needs include clean water, nutrition, health care, education, clothing, and shelter. The effects of poverty lead to health issues, violence, drug use, and increased negative performance in school. Children born into poverty have a daunting challenge to lift themselves out of poverty. Sports Gift believes that sport can be a powerful influence to lift these children out of poverty.
More importantly, sports can be a bridge to introduce people to God’s love and the gift of salvation He offers through His Son, Jesus Christ. Sport is a universal activity that transcends geographies and cultures. Children living in extreme poverty can be stripped of joy and their life can take on a sense of hopelessness. Not only do the children receive a special blessing through sports, but parents in these communities are lifted in hope and optimism seeing their children run, play and laugh through the gift of sports equipment. The gift of sports equipment along with the gospel message can transform an entire village or orphanage.
Sports Gift has distributed over 300,000 pieces of sports equipment to help impoverished children all over the world play sports including communities in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and Pacific, Eastern Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. The stories of these children are truly amazing, both in terms of the challenges and hardships these children must overcome and the immense joy and appreciation they experience upon receiving the gift of sports.
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you? The King will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25: 35-40