A Northport High School junior is spreading his love of sports to local children by giving them the gear they need to play.
Darryl Robinson, 17, has collected almost 200 gently used items -- from lacrosse sticks to baseball bats to Rollerblades -- to benefit Children's Sport Connection. The nonprofit, based in Garden City, seeks to help children in financially challenged families stay active and healthy through sports.
"I love sports. It's my passion," said Robinson, who said he became interested in helping the organization after reading about it last year in Newsday. "It's important to help people who want to play sports but can't since they aren't able to afford the necessary equipment."
Robinson collected the items by setting up donation boxes at Norwood Avenue Elementary School and Power One Health and Fitness, both in Northport. He also got donations at the high school during two recent registration days for the Northport Lacrosse Club. In the coming month, he plans to expand the collection to the district's five other elementary schools.
Robinson is a member of his school's varsity football and lacrosse teams, as well as the National Honor Society and Students for 60,000, a club that provides support for the needy.