Dicks Sporting Goods Foundation

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Youth Sports

About the Program

At DICK'S Sporting Goods and the DICK'S Sporting Goods Foundation, we believe Sports Matter because participation in sports makes people better.

Sports increase confidence and motivate kids to stay in the classroom and aim for higher education. They help build character and teach life lessons that extend well beyond the playing field.

But youth sports are in trouble. Billions in funding has been cut from school sports 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 the mission of our Foundation to make a lasting impact in our community by supporting programs that inspire and enable sports participation. Through our Sports Matter program, we're giving young athletes opportunities to play.

In 2014, we announced a $25 million, multi-year commitment to support youth athletics. This year, we're expanding our Sports Matter program so we can help more teams, in more communities, in more ways. The DICK's Sporting Goods Foundation, through a first of its kind partnership with DonorsChoose.org, will match up to $1.5 million in donations to public and charter school sports teams, across the country. DonorsChoose.org provides a crowdfunding platform for public and public charter school teachers to connect with a donor community that believes every child should have the tools and experiences needed for an excellent education.

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

Join us and help save youth sports.

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