Community Collection of Gently-Used Sports Gear and Equipment For Local Kids

advanceitupAdvanceItUp! Community Collection

June 1-30, 2015
Benefits Greater Richmond Fit4Kids

Advanced Orthopaedics and Ortho On-Call has launched their 3rd annual AdvanceItUp! Community collection of gently-used sports gear and equipment to benefit area children in need. Collected items will be presented to Greater Richmond Fit4Kids to benefit area children who do not have access to their own sports gear to stay active and healthy at home and in school.


AdvanceItUp! is a community initiative designed to increase recreation options and active living at home and school. By collecting donated, gently used sports gear, AdvanceItUp! will get children up and active.


Anyone can donate with a group, family or as an individual.


Advanced Orthopaedics
Phone: (804) 270-1305

  • ·   West End Location – 7858 Shrader Road, Richmond, VA 23294
  • ·   Southside Office – 13801 St. Francis Blvd. Suite 200, Richmond, VA 23114

Ortho On-Call
Phone: (804) 440-HURT(4878)

  • ·   Midlothian Location – 11600 Busy Street, N Chesterfield, VA 23236
  • ·   Westbury Location – 8901 D, Three Chopt Road, Richmond, VA 23229
  • ·   Chester Location – 12200 Branders Creek Drive Chester, VA 23831

Fit4Kids Office at Science Museum
Phone: (804) 307-9161
2500 W Broad Street Richmond, VA 23220


By collecting needed youth sports equipment, schools and programs across the Richmond region can help children and teens lead an active and healthy life.
• In the last 3 decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled, and nearly 1 in 3 children are overweight or obese.
• Only 1/3 of high school students get the recommended levels of physical activity.
• Low-income children are less likely to participate in organized sports and report that key barriers are expense and transportation.
• Studies show that youth who are more active show greater attention, have faster cognitive processing speed, and perform better on standardized tests than children who are less active.


Collected Items will be distributed to schools & programs supported by Greater Richmond Fit4Kids.

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Advanced Orthopaedics is a full-service orthopaedic practice located in Central Virginia. Patients are treated by the expertise of a trained subspecialist, a physician who dedicates his entire practice to one area of orthopaedics. Advanced Orthopaedics is one of the few practices in the nation where each physician specializes not only in the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders, but in a particular branch of orthopaedics as well. Learn more at

Ortho On-Call is the area’s first walk-in urgent care clinic designed to treat acute orthopaedic-related injuries and conditions. Ortho On-Call only treats orthopaedic injuries, so patients do not compete for care with patients who may have serious medical problems that take longer to diagnose and treat. Ortho On-Call is supported by the board-certified physicians and full-service therapies at Advanced Orthopaedic Centers.  Learn more at

Greater Richmond Fit4Kids is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and wellness of children by increasing physical activity and promoting healthy eating. “Giving sporting equipment to children in Fit4Kids’ programs helps them adopt the healthy habits we teach and encourages them to lead an active lifestyle at home,” says Mary Dunne Stewart, Executive Director of Greater Richmond Fit4Kids. “Some of the equipment will also be donated to the Physical Education department of Richmond City Public Schools to supplement their efforts to promote a physically active lifestyle in their students.” Learn more at

Story Starters
Mary Dunne Stewart, Executive Director of Greater Richmond Fit4Kids
“Giving sporting equipment to children in Fit4Kids’ programs helps them adopt the healthy habits we teach and encourages them to lead an active lifestyle at home,” says Mary Dunne Stewart, Executive Director of Greater Richmond Fit4Kids. “Some of the equipment will also be donated to the Physical Education department of Richmond City Public Schools to supplement their efforts to promote a physically active lifestyle in their students.”

First Touch Sports – Donation Recipient
David Glass, President of First Touch Sports
David Glass, co-founder and President of the non-profit First Touch Sports, said, “We’re proud to be a recipient organization of this collection drive. Any soccer ball and cleats that we get go right to the kids in our afterschool soccer and tutoring program. We believe that confident and healthy young people will make a positive impact on their community and be successful in life. Donating equipment and participating in United Way’s Day of Action is a great way to be a part of this effort.”