US Lindsey Vonn poses with the Women's World Cup downhill Crystal Globe trophy after the Women's downhill race at the Alpine Ski World Cup finals on March 16, 2011 in Lenzerheide. (Photo: Getty Images).
Five-time Olympic medalist Lindsey Vonn knows a thing or two about the impact that athletics and play can have on a young person's life.
"Since childhood, sports has been one of the most important influences in my life," says Vonn, an alpine ski racer.
That's why she's teamed up with DoSomething.org and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America to launch a national sports equipment drive called Give Your Gear to collect gently-used items for local clubs.
"I'm excited to be part of a drive that helps make sure every young athlete can reach their potential," says Vonn.
According to the Boys and Girls Clubs, 80 percent of student-athletes graduate from college, compared with 63 percent of non-athletes.
Check out Lindsey's video for more details on the equipment drive. And visit GiveYourGear.org to see how you can get involved.