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TAPRC collecting sports equipment for upcoming sale

AJ Dock drops a couple of gently used baseball bats into the TAPRC Used Sports Equipment Sale bin outside the gymnasium at Thornapple Kellogg High School. The TAPRC is collecting gently used sports equipment for its March 7 Sale.

Neon green barrels have been scattered throughout town as the Thornapple Area Parks and Recreation Commission (TAPRC) prepares for its 1st Annual Used Equipment Sale.

After an 0-for-7 night from behind the three-point line, ballplayers may leave that unlucky basketball in the container outside the high school gymnasium. Someone who has outgrown their set of golf clubs may drop them in the container in the entry way to the Thornapple Township office.

The TAPRC is collecting any and all gently used sports equipment, from clothing like cleats or baseball pants to baseballs, basketballs, bats, tennis rackets, etc.

Donations are needed ASAP for the sale that will be held March 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at TKHS. There are plans for early bird access, at a cost of $5, for those wanting to get the first chance at sale items. Doors will open to the “early birds” at 8:30 a.m.

There are more collection sites at the Middleville Village Office, at each TK school building, and at the TAPRC bottle/can shed in the parking lot in front Middleville Marketplace. TAPRC is also willing to pick up items if need be. Those who need help donating in that fashion may send an email to or call program director Catherine Getty at 269-795-7202 to schedule a pick-up.

Not only will proceeds benefit youth recreation in Middleville, but there will be equipment savings for those who purchase items at the sale.

“Sports equipment can be expensive and we never want price to be a barrier for a kid to play,” Getty said. “Many of us have good quality sports clothes and equipment that our kids have outgrown. Let’s re-purpose those items and let others in our community benefit.”

All the bins have been donated by Plummer's Disposal and the TK school district has been supportive every step of the way Getty said.

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