Sports Make People Better
Student athletes are less likely than non-athletes to be depressed *
Student-athletes who play team sports are less likely to smoke cigarettes or use other illicit drugs**
Physically active children get up to 40% higher test scores**
Student athletes are more likely to get higher grades and aspire to attend college*
The threat to youth sports
63% lack the funding
63% of public school sports budgets are stagnant or decreasing.***
33% Fewer Sports
High-poverty schools offer 1/3 fewer sports than low-poverty schools.***
42% limited by cost
42% of families of middle- and high-school students who do not participate in sports but are interested in doing so cite cost as the main reason.***
30% participation gap
30% participation gap between children of lower and higher income families.***
How The DICK'S Sporting Goods Foundation is Helping
Since 2014, Sports Matter has donated $66 million to support young athletes.
1 in 21 schools
1 in 21 public school has received funding for sports programs from the The DICK’s Sporting Goods Foundation.
Our support has kept over 550,000 kids in the game across all 50 states through the Sports Matter initiative since 2015.
Because we believe all chances to play are beneficial, we have provided grants for 16 different youth sports and counting!
Help Us. Help Them.
* Women Sports Foundation. (2019, July). The State of High School Sports in America: An Evaluation of the Nation’s Most Popular Extracurricular Activity.
** Aspen Institute Project Play. (n.d.). Youth Sports Facts. Retrieved July 2021.
*** Whitaker, A. A., Baker, G., Matthews, L. J., McCombs, J. S., and Barrett, M. (2019). Who Plays, Who Pays? Funding for and Access to Youth Sports. RAND Corporation.