Elizabeth and Lachlan Armstrong, a brother and sister duo from the Key School in Annapolis, have set out to make sports accessible to more kids.
Several years ago, Elizabeth and Lachlan Armstrong (now a junior and a freshman, respecitvely) learned that Mariano Rivera, the famous New York Yankees player from Panama, learned to play baseball using a cardboard mitt. Elizabeth says that spurred her and her brother to start gathering the sports equipment that they no longer used that was gathering dust in their basement and garage and put it to good use.
This turned into a community-wide event called Pass, Pick and Play—a program to collect gently used athletic equipment and distribute it to under-served youth in Anne Arundel County. Held each spring at the Pip Moyer Recreation Center in Annapolis, Elizabeth and Lachlan begin taking donations weeks ahead of time by placing donation bins at the rec center and at other partner locations like the Key School and local soccer clubs. The program’s growth over the past three years has been impressive.
Together we’ve collected about 2,000 pieces of sports equipment and helped about 400 families, says Lachlan. “My favorite part of it is the smiles from the kids and helping them out. And I get to make them smile, so that’s a good thing.”
Elizabeth says she would love for Pass, Pick and Play to grow outside of Maryland, and that more kids can benefit from these events, “It means something to the kids. They get such joy out of it.”