Nonprofit plans kickoff fundraiser

NILES — Playing it Forward of Niles is a new nonprofit organization made up of volunteers and is working to achieve 501(c)3 charitable organization status. Their mission is to provide new sports equipment, such as soccer balls, shin guards and spikes, to children in need in the Niles community.

The group is working with local sports organizations such as Niles Youth Soccer League and Niles Little Red Dragons to ensure each child wanting to play has the proper sports equipment needed to participate and keep them safe. Each item will be purchased in the preferred color and / or size chosen by the child in need.

To kick off the 2018 season, Playing it Forward will host its first fundraiser, Cupid’s Craft Show, 3 p.m. Feb. 10 at First United Methodist Church.