OAKLAND -- Golden State Warriors forward Carl Landry presented $10,000 worth of donations in boxing, fitness and recreation equipment Thursday to the East Oakland Boxing Association, which was burglarized on several occasions last year.
Landry helped distribute equipment provided by Good Sports, including exercise benches, boxing gloves, protective head and groin gear and chin-up bars.
The East Oakland Boxing Association is a nonprofit that has served Oakland residents ages 5 to 20 since 1987. It provides free after-school and summer programs that include physical activities like boxing along with mentoring and tutoring for academics, art, gardening and leadership development.
Good Sports is a Massachusetts-based national nonprofit dedicated to donating athletic equipment to schools and programs like EOBA.
Although the boxing association has had equipment stolen multiple times in the past, executive director Sarah Chavez is confident the security system will safeguard the newly donated equipment.
Last year, EOBA had three burglaries in one month. Since it installed a donated security system with video surveillance, there have been six unsuccessful attempts.
On Thursday, about 50 youths and their families came to see Landry and the donated equipment, some of which was already installed and ready to use.
"They were just overjoyed meeting him, and he was super-engaging with the kids," said Morgan Coleman, national account director for Good Sports. "He talked about how important it was to maintain a healthy lifestyle and to strive for anything you want to do."
Landry also signed autographs, took pictures and played basketball with the children.