SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Converse lacrosse team paired up with Kelly Boyle, a 7th grader at Marvin Ridge High School in Waxhaw, N.C., on Thursday, November 9 to participate in Operation Baggataway, a not-for-profit organization that collects men's and women's lacrosse equipment from colleges and universities and gives it to soldiers all over the world.
The role of Operation Baggataway is to make sure any U.S. soldier or family member has access to the game of lacrosse for free. The sacrifices our men and women make for our country is very much appreciated and Operation Baggataway is a chance to give back.
"The sport of lacrosse can cost a lot of money, so we want to help with that", said Boyle. "With the help of college programs, like yours, we are able to do this."
Operation Baggataway was cleared by NCAA compliance to give directly to U.S. soldiers and personnel, so it doesn't conflict with NCAA recruiting rules. All gear is accepted and donated directly to the troops. The program has given mostly men's gear, but the goal is to collect as much women's gear as possible. Boyle is currently working to collect gear for her biggest donation to date.
If you or anyone you know may be interested in donating you can visit www.operationbaggataway.com or Facebook (Operation Baggataway) to contribute.