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Youth Sports

About the Program

SPORTS MATTER BECAUSE PARTICIPATION IN SPORTS MAKES PEOPLE BETTER.

A simple statement, but one that is often overlooked.
Sports build character, increase confidence, motivate kids to stay in school and aim for higher education; teaching life lessons that extend well beyond the playing field.

But youth sports are in trouble. Billions in funding has been cut from school athletic programs in recent years, and it's estimated that more than a quarter of U.S. public high schools will not have ANY sports programs by 2020.

That's why we've made it our mission to support programs that inspire and enable participation in sports.

Through our Sports Matter program, we're making a lasting impact in our communities by giving young athletes the chance to play. In 2014, DICK'S Sporting Goods and the DICK'S Sporting Goods Foundation announced a $25 million, multi-year commitment to support youth athletics. This year, we're expanding our Sports Matter program to help more teams, in more communities, in more ways. The DICK's Sporting Goods Foundation, in partnership with the teacher-driven, crowd funding platform DonorsChoose.org, will match up to $1.5 million in donations to public and charter school sports teams.

We will also continue to afford all youth sports teams the opportunity to apply for DICK'S Sporting Goods' Sponsorships & Donations.

Never before has the need been greater. Join us and help save youth sports because,

SPORTS MATTER

Keepers of the Game

About the Film

We are proud to partner with Emmy Award winning Director Judd Ehrlich to present our latest documentary feature film, Keepers of the Game. Born in Akwesasne Mohawk Territory, lacrosse began as a scared game, traditionally reserved for men. Just off the reservation at Salmon River High School in Fort Covington, NY, an all-Native girls lacrosse team comes together, seeking to be the first Native women's team to bring home a Section Championship. But first, they will have to overcome their crosstown rivals, Massena High. As the season comes to a head, the team is faced with increasing ambivalence from their own community and the girls must prove that the game of lacrosse is their rightful inheritance. With more than just the championship on the line, the girls fight to blaze a new path for the next generation of Native women, while still honoring their people's tradition in a changing world.

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Keepers of the Game is currently touring the U.S., screening in communities and at high schools across the country to raise awareness for how sports build character, increase confidence, and motivate kids to stay in school. Through our partnership with DonorsChoose, screenings can raise funds for a local high school sports team, and Sports Matter will match these funds. Bring Keepers of the Game to your school or community FOR FREE! Email keepers@picturemotion.com to find out how.

A Gift That Matters
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girls ice hockey

Like many school districts across the country, Anchorage, Alaska has had severe budget issues that forced them to make tough decisions, which included cutting girls' ice hockey in 2013.

The DICK'S Sporting Goods Foundation is giving girls in Anchorage, Alaska the opportunity to play ice hockey, free of charge, by fully funding the school district's high school girls' ice hockey teams through the 2017-18 season.


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