Lacrosse program to hold used sports equipment sale


March 13, 2000|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

GOT SOME GENTLY used sports equipment collecting dust in the closet? Then the Gamber-Smallwood Optimist lacrosse program is looking for you.

The organization, which sponsors a league for 275 to 300 young lacrosse players each year, is having a sports equipment yard sale from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 7 in the East Middle School cafeteria in Westminster.

"It all kind of stems from parents saying they had a lot of equipment [lying] around that they don't use," said Robin Arnold, one of the organizers. "So, we thought, why don't we have a day when anyone can come who wants to buy things or has something they want to sell off?"

Those interested in selling their used equipment for any sport, not just lacrosse, can purchase a table for $10.

"We're taking all types of equipment," said Laurie Walters, another event organizer. "We'll take exercise bikes, ski boots, footballs. People can spend the evening getting rid of some of their old junk and gain some new treasures."

Proceeds from the sale will be kept by the sellers; the lacrosse program will keep money from table fees and raffles, Arnold said.

"We're not taking any percentage of the profits of [equipment sales]," she said. "You keep whatever you bring in and sell."

Money raised by the organization will be used to pay field fees and to hire referees for the season, which runs from April 1 to the middle of June, Arnold said.

The group also wants to buy goalie gear, protective equipment for the girls and boys programs and general items such as uniforms, nets and goals.

"Lacrosse is an expensive sport," said Arnold, noting that boys -- who play full-contact lacrosse -- need helmets, gloves, shoulder pads and arm pads. For female goalies, only gloves and mouth guards are required because girls lacrosse involves less body contact.

"It can be quite pricey, so the league provides gloves and helmets for the boys to borrow to reduce some of the cost parents have to put out for equipment," Arnold said.

The organization also plans to sell light snacks, sodas and pizza to raise money at the sale.

"We're hoping to have a good turnout," Arnold said, adding that any money the nonprofit program has left over at the end of the season will be returned to the Gamber-Smallwood Optimist Club.

"If it's successful, we'd like to do it on an annual or biannual basis, based on community need," Arnold said.

Information or to reserve a table: Barb Barnes, 410-848-3505, or Arnold, 410-876-2647.

Civil War tales, music

Carroll County's Community Concert Association is sponsoring an evening of stories and music from the Civil War era Friday at the Westminster High School auditorium on Washington Road.

The evening, which will feature the music of Robert Trentham, will begin at 7 p.m. with a reception complete with costumed Civil War re-enactors. The concert will begin at 8 p.m.

This event is not part of the Concert Association's regular series. Tickets are required.

Information: 410-857-7200.

Amy L. Miller's Central neighborhood column appears each Monday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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