2021 SPORTS MATTER LET HER PLAY TOUR
Our Giving Truck is back on the road this July delivering the gift of sport to girl athletes across the country! Boston, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Kansas City and Knoxville!
We want to help take the burden away from income-restricted families and help young female athletes get back to the sport they love. We will celebrate girl athletes and empower them with the equipment they need to stay in the game.
During this eight-city tour, we will be giving out 15,000 gifts exclusively to girl’s programs (a 50% increase from past tours.) Also, we know that sports bras are a piece of equipment that present a barrier of play. So each girl will receive (along with athletic gear specific to her sport) a sports bra. Our Foundation is gifting 100,000 girls sports bras over the next 12 months to encourage more participation.
Why focus on girls? Research shows that by the age of 14, girls quit sports at two times the rate of boys.* In addition, 73% of girls have concerns about their body when they play.**
* Sabo, D. and Veliz, P. (2008). Go Out and Play: Youth Sports in America. East Meadow, NY: Women’s Sports Foundation
** The Influence of the Breast on Sport and Exercise Participation in School Girls in the United Kingdom
Professional female athletes Sabrina Ionescu, Sam Mewis, Elena Delle Donne, Swin Cash, Amy Rodriguez and more will help The DICK’S Foundation surprise kids at select stops along the Giving Truck route. We are excited to bring these game changing athletes directly to the athletes of the future to help inspire them to stay in the game.
When kids get to play, they get farther in life. Through the Sports Matter initiative, The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation is determined to create opportunities for more kids. That’s why we do what we do.
High-poverty schools are
more likely not to offer interscholastic sports than low-poverty schools
participation gap between children of lower and higher income families
Annual participation cost for the majority of youth sports
Student athletes are
More likely To Get Higher
Grades and Aspire To Attend College
Youth sports pack the power to change lives – and communities. As these stories remind us, we’re all better off when our kids get the chance to play.