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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:

A soccer ball can mean so much to a child

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.

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.  Speak to the manager, they have the deflated balls in the storeroom.   Target and KMart occasionally have them on clearance for around $5.

WALMART often has a size 4 Franklin Soccer Ball (update: they are currently in stock, if they do say “out of stock” check back in a week or so, they will come back!) for $4.88 online HERE.  You can order online and have them Free Shipped to your store to guarantee you will get them.

Dollar Tree pump good to inflate a soccer ballYou will need to include a pump (and extra pins) with any gift!  They have THESE at Dollar Tree.  A number of people have posted on my FB that they were unable to find them in their local store.  (It is the RED one that is the correct pump to use.)  You can order them online and have them shipped to your store for free!

But if you prefer a better quality, here is a full Franklin Sports Ball maintainence pump kit from Amazon HERE for less than the official FS website.  Extra pins are important to include whatever pump you choose.  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.

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5 comments on “Soccer Ball: Give the Gift of Joy”

  1. Good Morning Everybody,

    I just wanted to reach out and introduce myself. If anybody has any questions or needs anything, please do not hesitate to call or email me anytime. I am more than happy to help in any way that I can. I look forward to hearing from many of you soon.

    Thank you,
    Joshua Simmons
    Franklin Sports Inc./Sales Rep
    E: jsimmons@franklinsports.com
    T: 781-573-2465

    • Thank you Joshua. I’ve been sending a bunch of people your way! Thank you so much for all that you are doing for people wishing to donate soccer balls.

  2. Hi there. My company, One World Play Project, also offers soccer balls in bulk. We are bit more expensive than Franklin mainly because our balls are indestructible. The are built to withstand the harshest conditions in the world. They never go flat and never need a pump. And the best part is when you buy one, we DONATE one on your behalf. We are B. Corporation which means we measure our success not just on how much money we make but also by the impact our product has. Take a look and see the ball in action. Thanks for reading and feel free to reach out to me at eric@oneworldplayroject.com if you have any questions. Thanks for all you do!!

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