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Mr. Mihalek from Maple Heights OH is requesting Sports & Exercise Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Knee Pads Build Confidence

My students need Mizuno LR6 small and large knee pads to protect their knees from injury during practice and gameplay.

  • $665 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

For the past 18 years, I have been coaching girls' 7th grade volleyball. In our school district, the first competitive experience for most of these girls is volleyball. They are able to do this even with an economic disadvantage since our school is comprised of mostly low-income households. They are special every year because they go from knowing nothing about volleyball to bump, set, and spike on offense and some great blocking on defense. The number of hours they commit to learning the game is awesome because we don't have off days. They understand that they are a family and buy into it every year.

Our girls need proper equipment to be successful.

Pele states that "Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice..." During this 7th grade year, these girls build character because wins are few. They buy into the sacrifice that learning the fundamentals now, leads to great success later. There are many tears during this process, but at the end of it all they have learned far more than what it takes to be a volleyball player; they have learned how to believe in themselves.

My Project

The Mizuno LR6 knee pads in volleyball are a must, especially in the middle school years because they protect the players' knees when digging the ball, diving, and sliding to receive the ball. This gives the girls a sense of confidence which improves their fundamental skills.

My students come mainly from low-income households so I could not ask them to purchase their own knee pads.

Equipment like this only last for so long and needs to be replaced. The priority in our school district is given to Jerseys that are replaced every 6-8 years. Our volleyball program takes outstanding care of the equipment and uniforms we receive because we don't know when there will be finances available to replace it. Knee pads take a lot of abuse and will not last more than a couple seasons.

Mr. Mihalek
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 30 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Mizuno LR6 Volleyball Knee Pads (S) • DICK'S Sporting Goods $29.99 8 $239.92
Mizuno LR6 Volleyball Knee Pads (L) • DICK'S Sporting Goods $29.99 8 $239.92

Materials cost

$479.84

Vendor shipping charges

$47.98

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$7.20

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$565.02

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$99.71

Total project goal

$664.73

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$664.73

10 Donors

-$330.60

Donations toward project cost

-$284.01

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$46.59

match offer

-$330.60

Match offer toward project cost

-$281.01

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$49.59

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$3.53

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$0.00

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Project Activity

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