We inspire and enable participation in sports...

Why? Because participation in sports makes people better.

The Stats

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

Women’s Sports Foundation, 2018


participation gap between children of lower and higher income families

Sport Participation And Physical Activity Rates, The Aspen Institute Project Play


Annual participation cost for the majority of youth sports

RAND, 2018

Student athletes are


more likely than non-athletes to aspire to graduate from college

Women’s Sports Foundation, 2018

Success Stories

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.

People don’t realize that playing on a team helps the kids in so many ways… with their health, their academics, and their self-esteem.

Monica Perez // Santa Barbara, CA

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