Lebanon's Empower Me Center recently received the last of 3,000 pounds of sports equipment as part of a grant the organization received from the PeyBack Foundation, established by Peyton and Ashley Manning, earlier this year.
"It has been like Christmas for our kids this summer," Empower Me Executive Director Michelle Hill said. "Each day a shipment arrived, we were so excited to open the boxes and see what goodies were inside. We are so grateful to the Manning family for their generosity ... we were able to get equipment for all different kinds of sports including basketball, baseball, soccer, field hockey, bowling, golf and other kid favorites such as an air hockey table and outdoor foosball table."
The Mannings established the PeyBack Foundation in 1999 to promote the future success of disadvantaged youth by assisting programs that provide leadership and growth opportunities for children at risk. Since its inception, the foundation has provided more than $12 million in grants and programs.
"We were also able to purchase some very specialized equipment such as Frisbees and baseballs that produce a sound to help our children who are blind, the bowling ramp to assist those individuals in wheelchairs or walkers to roll the ball toward the pins, to colorful items that will help our children with low vision be able to participate in various activities with greater independence and success," Hill noted. "We had to get another storage unit just to store all of these amazing items until our next event where they will be used. We look forward to utilizing all of this wonderful equipment at our new facility as part of our year-round recreational program."
To learn more about Empower Me Center, visit www.EmpowerMeCenter.com.