Sports Shack to recycle free athletic equipment

Recorder Staff
Thursday, February 08, 2018

The cost associated with playing sports is not always affordable.

It’s something that Greenfield’s Tammy Campbell has recognized with three kids who have played or are currently playing sports, and she realized that for some families, it could mean the difference between a child participating or not.

With that in mind and the help of others in the community, Campbell has hatched “The Sports Shack,” a place where people can donate new or used sports equipment for others in need.

“Sports are expensive,” Campbell explained. “There are kids out there who need sports equipment, and so many other families have stuff that is thrown into basements and garages.”

Campbell began working on making the idea a reality this fall by reaching out to Mike Duclos, current Greenfield High School hockey assistant coach, and who has been entrenched in the local sports community for years. The two also received help from another community member who has been involved in local sports. Jim Elwell has donated an unused office space at his “Jim’s Tree Service” building on the corner of Norwood Street and Chapman Street in Greenfield for the Sports Shack to call home.

The idea is for people to donate equipment. Then anyone in need can contact the Sports Shack through Facebook by searching for “Sports Shack Group.” The Facebook page will also list times that the Sports Shack will be open for people to stop by without setting up an appointment. All the equipment is free. Campbell is not making any money off the equipment. It’s just a way to help fill a void.

“I’m trying to make this successful as a community thing and to help people out because there is such a need for it,” Campbell said.

Saturday marks the first day that people can drop off items in person. Campbell will be at the Sports Shack, which is located at 113 Norwood Street (although the entrance is on Chapman) and anyone with items to donate is encouraged to drop by between 10 a.m. and noon.

“We are looking for anything,” Campbell said. “Any size cleats. Baseball/softball season is coming up, so any equipment for those sports. We have tennis rackets, someone gave us skis.”

Campbell will also be announcing more times to drop off equipment in the near future. Anyone interested in donating or picking up equipment can also contact Campbell at (413) 834-0694 or Duclos 413-774-3908 any time, or message the Sports Shack through Facebook.