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Northern Valley Regional District Collects Youth Sports Equipment

A young athlete with special needs dribbles up the field with his mother and a Saddle Brook Angels volunteer.
A young athlete with special needs dribbles up the field with his mother and a Saddle Brook Angels volunteer. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine

DEMAREST, N.J. — The Northern Valley Regional School District is holding a sports equipment drive through Jan. 17 for Jeremy's Heroes , a nonprofit organization that helps finances youth sports.

Demarest High School on Knickerbocker Road will serve as the drop off point where families can contribute new and gently-used equipment, jerseys, balls and other sports item.

All items will be distributed to young athletes who cannot regularly afford the items and programs on their own, but want to participate in organized sports throughout the state.

Jeremy’s Heroes was launched following the death of Jeremy Glick, a West Milford father who died in the 9/11 attacks.

Glick and others conspired in an effort to derail the hijacking on flight 93, before it crashed in Pennsylvania.

Student council advisors and Demarest teachers Jennifer Bucco-Glick and Robert Pugliese are managing the collections process. They both have been involved in the schools for nearly two decades.

“How many times have you bought cleats and then within the season, they already grow out of them?” Bucco-Glick said. “Some student can use that 100 percent - anything that can help.”

The organization helps at least 70 students directly. Some of them may help pick up items.

“The great part about it is that the kids pay it forward,” said her sister-in-law, Jennifer Glick-Hurwitt, and Jeremy’s sister. She is the execute director of the organization and a teacher in East Harlem.

“What they are used to playing basketball outside is different than an organized sport,” Glick-Hurwitt said

“High schoolers have been afforded very much in the Northern Valley," she said.

"They feel like they are helping that child to be a better character - it’s wonderful on both the receiving and giving ends of it."

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