Sometimes in sports, an assist is more beautiful than the goal.

Girl Scout Troop 20103 knows all about that.

For more than a week in May, the North Albany fifth-graders collected soccer gear like shoes, balls, shin guards and goalie gloves.

On Saturday afternoon, they donated equipment to local youth during their Soccer Gear Giveaway at Memorial Middle School.

The event continues from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Hill Street Church of Christ, 1805 Hill St. S.E.

Donations can still be made for Tuesday’s giveaway at North Albany Elementary School.

Almost all of the troop members play soccer, so it was a natural fit to hold a philanthropic event based on the sport, said Rachel Adamec, troop leader.

“It’s always good to do something close to your heart,” she added.

“We just had a soccer game and won 3-1,” exclaimed Kristen Adamec, as she juggled a ball on her knees.

Some of the girls even donated some of their own equipment for the event.

Donation boxes were placed at five Albany elementary schools, North Albany Middle School, the Albany Public Library and the Albany YMCA.

The girls washed and polished up all the gear before Saturday.

“It took awhile. We put a lot of effort into it,” said Lily Poe as she passed a ball around with fellow troop members in the Memorial Middle School lobby.

“We had to use toothbrushes and rags,” added Sydney Morgan.  

Troop members will have spent at least 20 hours apiece on the project by its completion, said Adamec.

Raymond Hogan, 10, of Albany went home from Saturday’s giveaway with cleats, shin guards and a soccer ball. He doesn’t know if he’ll play organized soccer next fall.

“Maybe,” he said. “I play soccer with my friends a lot.”

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