Billions of dollars in funding have been cut from youth sports programs in recent years, leaving millions of students unable to play. The DICK'S Sporting Goods Foundation created the Sports Matter program because we believe that sports make people better. Sports build character, increase confidence, and motivate kids to stay in school and aim for higher education. Since 2014, the DICK'S Sporting Goods Foundation has pledged over $50 million to give children the opportunity to play. Through these efforts, the Sports Matter initiative has raised awareness of the importance of youth sports and saved over 1,800 teams. Learn more about this crisis of youth sports below.