SPRINGFIELD NJ - For his Bar Mitzvah project, Nate Goldman is looking to give donated athletic equipment a new life.

The Springfield resident and middle school student is approaching his Bar Mitzvah, a Jewish ceremony traditionally performed around the age of 13, signifying the participant is now an adult in the eyes of the religious community.

Along with the ceremony, B'nei Mitzvah students at Sha'arey shalom, where Goldman attends religious school, are expected to complete a service project. it is student-selected and run from start to finish. For Goldman, who loves sports, the choice was simple.

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He is working to collect second-hand sports equipment, which will be donated to Game Changers, an organization that collects donated sports equipment and donates it to children both locally and globally, to help them overcome some of the cost obstacles of playing sports.

For Goldman, the choice to partner with the organization on his Bar Mitzvah project was a no-brainer.

"I decided to partner with Game Changers because they would allow me to combine two of my favorite things- sports and helping others," Goldman said. "We are just starting to reach out to people and donations are starting to come in. We hope to collect much more equipment in the future."

And while Goldman's Bar Mitzvah date is in the fall, it will not mark the end of his collection efforts. Goldman also made sure to thank the Springfield residents that have donated.

He added, "My Bar Mitzvah date is October 19, 2019, and although we want a lot of equipment by then, my family and I plan to continue collecting through the end of the year. We really appreciate the help and support from the Springfield community."

Any Springfield residents who wish to assist Goldman in his continued collection efforts can contact him through his mother's email, at  michellewgoldman@gmail.com.