The online marketplace continues to break the barrier to entry in sports by making gear affordable for everyone

BOSTON – April 3, 2018 – In today’s economy, the phrase “pay to play” has taken on a serious meaning. No matter what sport you play—baseball, soccer, lacrosse, hockey—the price of sports equipment has risen dramatically. Families spend an average of $700 each year on sports equipment, and more than $1,000 once league fees and travel costs are factored in. That’s why SidelineSwap, an online marketplace where athletes buy and sell gear, is committed to making sports more affordable.

Keeping in line with its mission, SidelineSwap recently awarded six athletes with $500 of gear while running the 2nd Annual #GearForAYear Scholarship Program. The centerpiece of the scholarship was an essay about the positive impact sports have had on their lives and winners were selected by an independent panel of judges, many of whom were professional athletes. Applicants and finalists ranged in age and were from all over the country while playing an impressive variety of sports.

One of this year’s winners is Katelyn Armstrong, a 12 year-old hockey player from Prosper, Texas. After hearing about the results of the #GearForAYear Scholarship, Katelyn shared her excitement and gratitude. “Ice hockey is a challenging sport and playing in a mostly boys league makes it even harder,” said Katelyn. “This scholarship will allow me to upgrade my gear, improve my game, and raise my level of competition.”

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