There are 23 seniors at Owensboro High School taking part in the Bluegrass Global Scholars Program this year. Bluegrass Scholars is a program that allows students to have experiential learning through internships, community service and research while they are still in high school.
In the fall, Bluegrass Scholars must complete a “done in a day” project. The students are guided by teachers, but they are asked to organize the project on their own. This year, students chose a sports equipment drive as their project.
“As obesity becomes a bigger problem all across the country, our class felt that we could help prevent that in our city’s youth,” said Conner Elliot, a senior in the Bluegrass Scholars Program.
Members of the Bluegrass Scholars are asking for donations of new and gently used sports equipment such as baseball bats, baseball gloves, shin guards, balls, cleats, helmets, football pads, and rackets. The donated equipment will be stored at Rash Stadium. A student in Bluegrass Scholars will later be deciding where to donate the items as an individual project.
On Sunday, Nov. 11 from 1-5 p.m., the donations can be dropped off at the OHS South gym, located on the corner of Ford Avenue and Frederica Street across from the Daviess County Public Library. If other arrangements need to be made to deliver items to OHS, email Eric Epperson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students of the OHS Bluegrass Scholars hope that collecting and donating new and used sports equipment will allow less fortunate children to be able to participate in sports that they haven’t had the opportunity to be a part of.
“Lots of kids across our own community want to have fun and play outside, but they don’t have the equipment to do so. Our class hopes that this sports equipment drive will help kids get outside, play sports, prevent childhood obesity, and have fun,” Elliot said.
About the writer: Julia Kimbrell is a senior at Owensboro High School. Being student body vice president, cheerleader, yearbook editor, and an involved member of her community is what keeps her on her toes. She thrives on Jesus, dogs, fall weather and power naps.