Mallorie Sckerl is giving away baseball and softball equipment to children around age 12 who can't afford the sporting equipment on their own.
Sckerl came up with the idea of collecting and distributing equipment as a way to earn the Girl Scout Silver Award.
"This is the highest honor a Cadet Girl Scout can earn. The biggest requirement is it has to benefit the community in some way," said Mallorie Sckerl.
The project is called "It Starts at Home" - in reference to home plate. The 14-year-old grew up around baseball because her dad was a coach, and she just played her first season of softball for Cedar Falls High School.
The teen said she doesn't want a lack of money to keep another child from having a chance to play a sport.
"We're just trying to give everybody the same opportunity to get out there and try it," said Sckerl.
Sckerl is looking for new or used gloves, bats, helmets and balls. Collection bins are set up at the Cedar Falls Rec Center and Full Count Sports Academy - an indoor baseball and softball training facility in Cedar Falls.
"Our youth sports are well behind other areas - Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Dubuque - all have better baseball and softball than we do. So this is an opportunity to get younger kids involved and maybe make them feel committed," said Nick Klein with Full Count Sports Academy.
"Baseball and softball are those great team sports where you learn about leadership skills, you learn about teams, all kinds of great stuff you can get out of it, regardless of your abilities," said Sckerl.
Mallorie Sckerl is collecting items through the end of August. If you know a child age 12 and under that needs baseball or softball equipment, the distribution date is Friday, September 13th from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club in Waterloo.
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