ABC15’s 2nd Chance Sports Gear Drive Presented by Earnhardt Auto Centers- Community Effort Benefiting Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley

(PHOENIX, Ariz.) February 1, 2024 – ABC15 Arizona and Earnhardt Auto Centers kick off the 2nd Chance Sports Gear Drive campaign to help youth and teens in need of sports gear.

While it can seem like a simple purchase, for many families, buying a basketball, baseball or even a new football may be out of reach for parents working to make ends meet. That’s why ABC15 Arizona, Earnhardt Auto Centers, BIG 94.5, KMLE 107.9, and LIVE 101.5 Phoenix are teaming up to provide viewers the opportunity to help by donating new or gently used sports gear that will be given to athletes of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley. The donated sports gear will support equity for all players by providing them with their own gear to use at home or after school at practice.

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley is most in need of footballs and football helmets, soccer bags/balls, basketballs, baseball and softball bats/gloves/balls, volleyballs, and kickballs/dodgeballs.

The community is invited to drop-off their new and gently used sports gear at all 17 Earnhardt Dealerships now through February 29.

  • Company Name Address City ZIP Code
  • Earnhardt Buick GMC 6315 E Auto Park Drive Mesa 85206
  • Earnhardt Cadillac 7901 E Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd Scottsdale 85260
  • Earnhardt Chandler Cadillac 1450 S Gilbert Road Chandler 85286
  • Earnhardt Chevrolet 2121 N Arizona Ave. Chandler 85225
  • Earnhardt Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram 1521 E Drivers Way Gilbert 85297
  • Earnhardt Ford 7300 W Orchid Lane Chandler 85226
  • Earnhardt Genesis of Gilbert 3252 S. Auto Way Gilbert 85297
  • Earnhardt Genesis of North Scottsdale 8445 E Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd Scottsdale 85260
  • Earnhardt Honda 10151 W Papago Fwy Avondale 85323
  • Earnhardt Hyundai Avondale 10401 W Papago Fwy Avondale 85323
  • Earnhardt Hyundai North Scottsdale 8445 E Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd Scottsdale 85260
  • Earnhardt Lexus 800 E Camelback Road Phoenix 85014
  • Earnhardt Toyota 6136 E Auto Loop Ave. Mesa 85206
  • Earnhardt Peoria Kia 17431 N 91st Ave Peoria 85382
  • Rodeo Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram 35747 N Ellsworth Road Queen Creek 85142
  • Rodeo Ford 13680 W Test Drive Goodyear 85338
  • San Tan Hyundai 3252 S Auto Way Gilbert 85297


Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley and its new sports division, BGCAZ Athletics, is committed to making high quality, professionally managed recreational youth sports programs accessible and affordable for youth and teens. BGCAZ Athletics programs offer structured, safe and positive opportunities for skill development, character-building and a lifelong appreciation for healthy living. BGCAZ’s 30+ Valley Clubs offer sports leagues for Club members ages 5-18. Thousands of youth participate in these programs and the demand continues to grow.

“This is a great opportunity to help our community and the thousands of kids that make their 2nd home the Boys & Girls Clubs. We’re very excited to team up with ABC15 and BIG 94.5 for the 2nd Chance Sports Gear Drive,” said Nature Earnhardt, Media & Promotions Director, Earnhardt Auto Centers. “My grandpa, Tex, always wanted to make sure we helped kids in need as best we could, and this drive will help kids in need play and participate in athletic activities.”

“All across the Valley, thousands of kids rely on Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley for their early sports development,” said Sam Fowler, vice president of development, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley. “In our leagues, they learn the fundamentals of the game, and they learn the importance of sportsmanship and leadership. Donations to this drive will provide kids with the equipment they need on the field and help them build confidence that will last a lifetime.”

“Boys & Girls Clubs sports leagues offer thousands of kids the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of sports,” said Anita Helt, vice president and general manager at ABC15 Arizona. “This drive will ensure that more kids will get to play sports and be a part of a team. I am grateful to Earnhardt Auto Centers for their commitment to children in our community.”

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