Partnership to Collect Used Baseball/Softball Equipment next week

PITTSBURG, KS — Join Westar Energy from today until March 2, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; and Saturday, March 3, from 8:30 a.m. to Noon, at the Pittsburg Westar Service Center, 1909 S. Olive, as they accept gently-used baseball and softball equipment for the Keepers of the Legends Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization. The equipment will be collected and re-distributed to ​local recreation leagues throughout Crawford County.

According to Philip Hannon, founder of Keepers of the Legends Foundation,, your donations of gently used gloves, bats and other baseball/softball equipment can be your legacy to start a chapter of baseball memories for a local underprivileged child. Keep your equipment playing by giving Westar your gently used equipment or donate money to give the gift of baseball or softball to a youth player so they can create their legendary stories.

Westar is accepting donations of new or gently used:

  • Fielding gloves
  • Bats
  • Catcher’s mitts & protective gear
  • Batting helmets
  • Baseballs & softballs
  • Soft cover balls for tee ball
  • Cleats
  • Youth uniform pants (sets of 12 or more white or gray)
  • Youth uniform shirts and hats (sets of 12 or more)
  • Team equipment bags
  • Batting tees
  • Pitching machines

What is the definition of “gently-used”?
‘Gently-used’ items are those that do not need to be fully refurbished. The best way to think about something being “gently-used” is if you would feel comfortable giving it to a friend or family member. If in doubt, send it anyways.

Who will benefit from our donations?
Gently-used items will be distributed to local and regional youth organizations throughout Southeast Kansas.

Is my donation Tax Deductible?
As a 501(c)3 recognized by the IRS, your donation is tax deductible as allowable by law. If you have questions, contact your tax professional. Donation receipts will be available at the drop-off site.

Where is the local drop-off site?
Their partners at Westar Energy (Pittsburg Service Center), will serve as the drop off point for your equipment from Monday, February 26 to Saturday, March 3. Drop off times Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Saturday, March 3 from 8:30 a.m. to Noon.

For more information, call Westar Energy at 620-235-2505.