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Soccer Ball: The Gift of Joy

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A simple gift can bring great joy!  One such item is a soccer ball.  Throw one into a group of kids anywhere in the world – and you have an immediate game with laughter and competition. Giving a small simple gift can mean the world to a child and their community.

Jennifer loves packing a deflated soccer ball and pump every year into her Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts.  But purchasing a large amount can get expensive.  She reached out to Franklin Sports to see if she could get a deal if she bought in bulk.  And they responded!  Joshua, a Sale Representative at FS is offering a great deal:

Size 4 Black and White Soccer Balls for $4.10 plus shipping: 

Purchase a case 60 deflated balls and they will be $4.10 each plus shipping (must be purchased in case lots).  Shipping costs will vary between locales.  They ship from Memphis, TN and estimated shipping for a case of 60 balls to Portland, Maine is $45.  (Also available for pickup from TN)

These balls are listed on their website for $9.99 each.  Therefore, this is a great deal if you can purchase in bulk.  You must contact Joshua directly to get the deal.  (You can mention Jennifer told you about the deal!)

  • Joshua Simmons
  • Sales Rep. Franklin Sports Inc.
  • 17 Campanelli Parkway Stoughton, MA 02072
  • P: 781 573 2465
  • E: jsimmons@franklinsports.com

Size 4 is perfect for ages 5-9.  Older ages plus teens would most likely require a regulation size 5.These balls come deflated.  You will need to include a pump (and extra pins) with any gift!  They have some at Dollar Tree and here is one from Amazon HERE that comes with 2 pins.  If you want to purchase just extra pins CLICK HERE from Amazon.

Operation Christmas Child has a wonderful story about a missionary bring soccer supplies to a Syrian refugee camp – Check it out HERE.

There are also many other organizations that would LOVE a new soccer ball and equipment.

Ethan King was only 10 when he was playing soccer with a group of children in Mozambique when it hit him, he says, “how much joy a single soccer ball could bring.” After a couple of kids showed him their soccer balls, made of balled-up trash bags and twine, he said: “I felt really bad knowing that I had seven soccer balls in my garage back home and these kids didn’t even have one or have access to buy one.”   Ethan began Charity Ball: a global soccer charity fueled by kids, fans, and athletes who believe that giving back and playing for something bigger can make the world more beautiful.  For more info check it out HERE.

Only have used equipment?

Maybe you have soccer balls, cleats, etc. that are collecting dust in your garage.  Did you know there are organizations that would LOVE them? 

Peace Passers lets you donate used soccer equipment – there are drop off locations all over the US!  They will then donate them to local  community groups that have limited access to proper gear.  For more info check it out HERE.

Kids in Haiti often play soccer barefoot, kicking around plastic bottles or tin cans if they can’t find a ball. One of the biggest ways you can help is to donate new and lightly used soccer equipment.  You could donate them to Goals for Haiti.  For more info check it out HERE.

Other options for quality Soccer Balls if you don’t wish to purchase in bulk:  5Below often carries soccer balls (and many other sport balls) during the summer and fall.  Walmart/Target/KMart occasionally have them on clearance for around $5.  Walmart does have a size 4 Franklin ball for $4.88 online – CLICK HERE.

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