Juniata College student from Harrisburg collecting cleats for athletes in Gambia


A Juniata College student who grew up in Harrisburg is collecting cleats for athletes overseas.

Jacob Grove is going on a volunteer trip to Gambia with his school next month.

He grew up playing soccer with the Capital Area Soccer Association, before playing in college.      

When Grove learned about the conditions young athletes in Gambia face, he wanted to make a change.  

Community members can now drop off cleats and soccer equipment at the Capital Area Soccer Association office in Linglestown, or bring them to games and practices for the next month.

He will bring them all with him to donate on his trip. 

“It’s something I just wanted to take on over the last few months just so I can say that I made a difference in someone’s life through the sport that has given so much to me,” said Grove.

“They have flip flops and they take duck tape and wrap their feet and they play on dirt grounds, and I think it’s very important to they protect their feet in order to play the sport that they love,” said Courtney Frye, a Juniata College student also going on the trip. 

There are also collection sites at Hunnington Soccer Club and Altoona Soccer Club.

If you would like more information, call or email Grove at 717-585-9327 and jakegrove1@gmail.com.

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