Milwaukee Public Schools receives large donation of athletic gear

Posted at 7:27 PM, Feb 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-28 20:28:07-05

Milwaukee Public Schools received a big donation Tuesday of $25,000 worth of baseball and softball equipment.

This donation will benefit 15 teams from 12 different high schools.

The gear was presented to student athletes and coaches during a ceremony Tuesday at Hamilton High School.

The donation comes from State Farm and an organization called Pitch in for Baseball.

The equipment is all either new or gently used, and was tailored to each team based on what they need.

"We got more catcher's stuff, we only had one catcher's stuff," said Almani Kelly, a softball player at Washington High School. "Some of the stuff was broken, now we got plenty of it."

Kelly said she was also very excited about a certain kind of bat they received that she said guarantees home runs.

MPS says this will greatly enhance the students' experience on the team, which can in turn lead to better academic performance and higher attendance.

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