KNSD - As a tennis player for the University of California at San Diego, Jacqueline Davis said that any college athlete knows that a ton of athletic gear they get often never gets used.
Davis, who interned for the university's sustainability center, decided to tie athletics to the environment.
She started the program she calls "Geared Up" which works to donate the athletic gear that might have otherwise been thrown away to public schools.
The "Geared Up" program has already donated thousands of dollars' worth of equipment.
Lisa Hawk, athletic director of the Preuss School in California, is grateful to have received the donated equipment.
"It helps us out tremendously, you know, with budgetary cuts now we struggle," said Hawk.
The Preuss School is the first time they've tried this, but Jacqueline Davis hopes her idea is recycled again and again.