Gear for Goals

GEARS FOR GOALS

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Gear for Goals Vision:

Our vision is to see every child in the world have the opportunity to play, compete, and enjoy sport through equal access to all the necessary equipment and instruction. Hope and possibility, flourishing community, transformed economies, inspired health, and lasting impact are the global imprint of our service.

Gear for Goals Mission

Our mission is to provide every child the enjoyment, passion, and love of sport.

Gear for Goals

Gear for Goals is a unique program designed to align the need for sport and equipment with the children who require the most attention and resource. Our efforts are directed through community locally to gather new and gently used sports equipment from youth, families, sports organizations, schools, teams, and professional organizations. Our needs for equipment are across all spectrum of sport and include equipment, monetary donation, and coaching skill.

The transportation and delivery of sports equipment can require financial assistance to fund shipping or freight transport via airline. On some of our mission trips, we carry the freight on the air carrier along with our teams. On other occasions, the equipment is sent via the necessary air, water, rail, or truck freight mechanisms with on-ground representatives accessing the equipment and distributing to the teams, schools, and organizations in greatest need.

Our programs have responded to the needs of the children since 2012 with the following successful efforts

 

Summer  2012

Over 200 pieces of baseball equipment were provided to children in the Dominican Republic for active play in the region of Santa Domingo

G4G Board members Mr. Dan Nieman and Dr. Warren Bruhl with over 100 Dominican children receiving their first baseball mitt.

 

Fall  2012

Over 1000 pieces of baseball equipment and uniform pieces were provided to the Dominican Republic for active play in the region of Puerta Plata

 

Winter  2012

Provided equipment for 500 children in the Kimana Rift Valley of Kenya. Equipment provided included baseball, basketball, soccer, tennis, clothing, hats, and jerseys

 

Spring   2013

Gear for Goals has partnered with local organization Working Together to provide taekwondo equipment for the students who have had only two pieces of sparring gear for nearly three years. With G4G's efforts, Working Together now has enough for each of the children to use and actively participate to improve their skills and confidence. Working Together is local organization of the North Shore of Chicago that provides resources and classes to Hispanic children and families through a powerful cooperative effort. To learn more about Working Together visit these recent articles in the Chicago Tribune

Global Charity joins forces with Working Together

Working Together provides children in Highland Park
access to arts, dance, and sport

G4G Executive Director Dr. Warren Bruhl pictured with the happy children and Instructor Ana De La Cruz of Working Together in Highland Park, Illinois.

Instructor Ana De La Cruz helps a student put on the new taekwondo gear supplied by G4G.

Spring   2013

Over 250 pieces of sport equipment will be delivered to the Dominican Republic through one of associate organizations. Equipment will be given to children in Santa Domingo and surrounding rural communities.

Spring   2013

Mr. Dan Borris giving mitts and balls to thankful children in Cuba.

Gear for Goals provided our compassion associate, Mr. Dan Borris, with equipment for children in Cuba. Mr. Borris is one of many caring people who choose to carry along extra equipment to give generously to children in need. The compassionate associate program provides friends of G4G with sports gear to hand out to children in schools, orphanages, or in the streets. For information about how you can become a compassionate associate, contact our board of directors via email from our contact page.

Spring   2013

G4G board member, Mr. David Labunski is loading the large containter with Gift in Kind director, Mr. Frank Davis and his children.

Gear for Goals (G4G) partnered with new compassion partners, Gift in Kind and Bright Hope to send sports equipment to Bolivia for children's play. Gift in Kind and Bright Hope provided over 20,000 pounds of needed resources in a large shipment container and now G4G will become a regular partner providing equipment later in the year to the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, and Costa Rica.

 

Gear for Goals was proud to host a mega gear drive with the Schaumburg Boomers Baseball organization in Schaumburg, Illinois. The G4G volunteer team worked with fans to collect over 1000 pieces of invaluable sports items for our children we serve. G4G also hosted a flash mob during the seventh inning stretch. Watch the video and enjoy.

 

Provided over 500 pieces of sports gear to children in Bolivia through our Compassion Partner Gift in Kind.

G4G team thanks the Boomer fans for their generous support
G4G team thanks the Boomer fans for their generous support

G4G volunteers from the Northern Knights baseball team thank our fan for his gift to our needy children around the world
G4G volunteers from the Northern Knights baseball team thank our fan for his gift to our needy children around the world

G4G youth sports ambassador, Jared Kuper works with Dr. Bruhl to load gear donated by the Boomers.
G4G youth sports ambassador, Jared Kuper works with Dr. Bruhl to load gear donated by the Boomers.

G4G fans love the Lion King Flash mob during the 7th inning stretch.
G4G fans love the Lion King Flash mob during the 7th inning stretch.

 

Summer  2013 - G4G Brings Russian Children Joy and Hop

Gear for Goals Compassion Associate Mr. Larry Heller and his team traveled to Russia to provide hope and opportunity to children. Children were able to learn the game of baseball and other sports for the first time. Individual instruction was provided so children could really begin to play and enjoy baseball and other sports. Many of these children live in orphanages and the time and sports gear make them feel valued and special.

Gear for Goals Compassion Associate Mr. Larry Heller and his team traveled to Russia to provide hope and opportunity to children. Gear for Goals Compassion Associate Mr. Larry Heller and his team traveled to Russia to provide hope and opportunity to children.

Summer  2013

Ms. Charlotte Austin

Compassion Associate Ms. Charlotte Austin provided Gear for Goals equipment to children in an orphanage she volunteers for in Guatemala. Children loved playing with the new gear and experienced a completely new level of sport, hope, and enjoyment.

Summer  2013
Guatemala

Guatemala

Guatemalas

Our Compassion Partner Gift in Kind and Willow Creek Church traveled to serve in Guatemala and we provided sports equipment for over 500 children in the tiny hill villages to play and enjoy sport. Children were provided with the first opportunity to play the game of baseball in this region and now are enjoying the game and love the competition and learning sport offers.

 

Fall   2013 - G4G Bringing Joy to El Salvador with Gift in Kind Partners

Gear for Goals team loaded a 14,000 pound container heading for El Salvador holding sports gear, playground equipment, school desks, medical equipment, and other vital items needed. When the container arrives trained and skilled teams will unpack and disseminate these valuable resources to the families and children in need. Sports gear items will be used immediately once they are unpacked and put in the hands of the children.
Gear for Goals team loaded a 14,000 pound container heading for El Salvador holding sports gear, playground equipment, school desks, medical equipment, and other vital items needed.

Winter    2013
G4G Sports returns to Kenya and introduces "One Gives One"

During our December 2013 mission to Kenya we were pleased to welcome Mr. Austin Bruhl, Mr. Todd Love Ball Jr., and Dr. Jeff Kahrs to come alongside our strong teams of doctors and educators who traveled to Kenya to serve the needs of the under-resourced in the Kimana Rift Valley. Visiting schools, villages, and community centers in this region we provided sports equipment including jump ropes, Frisbees, soccer balls, footballs, baseball mitts and bats, hats, uniforms, cleats, and other vital equipment for the thousands of children who live in this region.

In addition we secured land to build the first baseball field in the area, Mt. Kilimanjaro Baseball Field. More good news also came from officials in Nairobi and Meru regarding Little League Baseball and Major League Baseball interest in this region of East Africa. Officials from Little League and Major League Baseball have intense interest in developing young talent in this area and we were invited to send a local Kenyan representative to Uganda to study with Major League Baseball coaches and Little League Officials. Mr. Joseph Nkaapa, a local Maasai and leader of the area, has graciously accepted a post to work with Gear for Goals project of Dreamweaver International. Mr. Nkaapa will receive instruction and training and then return to the area to work with board member, Mr. Ken Taylor, to build Mt. Kilimanjaro Baseball Field.

In addition, Gear for Goals provided equipment for Kenya Little League and several other organizations in distant villages of Kenya to further extend the reach of impact in the area.

The "One Gives One" campaign was a giant success with children receiving G4G soccer balls and baseballs. The G4G soccer balls feature the words SPORT, HOPE, and OPPORTUNITY to signify the tremendous role sport has in creating hope around the world among the most under-resourced children. Our G4G sports items are available for purchase on our sport web site: g4gsports.org/

Mr. Joseph Nkaapa
Mr. Joseph Nkaapa helps local youth with baseball gear on one of training visits to Resa, a community of local Maasai.

Warrem Bruhl
Dr. Warren Bruhl, Executive Director Gear for Goals, gives a soccer ball to excited youth in one of the local villages during a training visit.

Gear for Goals provided equipment for Kenya Little League
Gear for Goals provided resources for over 500 children during the recent visit and equipment that remains on the campus of Kimana School of Leadership and Professional Studies will further augment the constructive learning for thousands of children possibly over the next 12-24 months.

 

Donors

Glenbrook Sports Academy
Northbrook, IL

Chicago Cubs
Chicago, IL

Northbrook Baseball
Northbrook, IL

Hi Five Sports Camps
Chicago, IL

Mercedes Benz
of Boerne (Team Captain)
Mercedes Benz of Boerne (Team Captain)

Schaumburg Boomers Baseball
Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Boomers Baseball

Kermitt Productions
Kermitt Productions - An Individyal DJ Affilated with 4Sure

 

Gear for Goals (G4G) Directors

Read about the Gear for Goals (G4G) Directors

 


Links

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Media or News

October 05, 2012
Northbrook Tower
Sharing their heart through their hands

October 14, 2012
Northbrook Patch Online Newspaper
Dominican Children Loved Receiving Baseball Equipment Donations

Dec 2012
ABC 7 Local news
Northbrook dad taking love of baseball around the world

January 06, 2013
Northbrook Tower
Local doctor brings physical therapy to Kenya

January 10, 2013
Chicago Sun Times
Bruhl pitching in to foster baseball in impoverished nations

January 14, 2013
Pioneer Press/Sun Times Newspaper
Bruhl pitching in to foster baseball in impoverished nations

January 21, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Northbrook man supplies baseball equipment to Kenyan youth

March 15, 2013
Chicago Tribune
April Neill Public Relations Selected as PR Firm of Record for Gear for Goals

April 15, 2013
Dynamic Chiropractic
First Contact: Bringing Chiropractic and Baseball to Kenyan Maasai

April 22, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Dreamweaver International appoints Dr. Warren Bruhl Executive Director Gear for Goals

April 25, 2013
Crains Chicago Business
Dr. Warren Bruhl appointed Executive Director Gear for Goals

May 3, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Gear for Goals announces delivery of compassionate care to children in Cuba

May 8, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Gear for Goals host mega sports gear donation drive to benefit impoverished children on Friday June 21st.

May 16, 2013
Lawndale News (Spanish)
Charity Kicks Up Efforts to Serve Underprivileged Children

May 17, 2013
Illinois News
Local Charity hosts large scale sports and musical instrument drive

May 29, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Youth Charity Gear for Goals seeking Flash Mob Dancers

June 4, 2013
Chicago Tribune
12 year-old Diabetes' activist, educator appointed Gear for Goals' Youth Ambassador

June 7, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Gear for Goals asks community members to clear the gear to do good for kids in need

December 13, 2013
Examiner.com
Gear for Goals "One Gives One" Program Brings Hope

June 26, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Gear for Goals' charity fundraiser collects sports equipment for kids in need

Dreamweaver International Publicity Contact:

April Neill Public Relations
Plainfield, IL
April Neill Public Relations