Sports Make People Better

mental health

Student athletes are less likely than non-athletes to be depressed *

physical health

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**

bright futures

Student athletes are more likely to get higher grades and aspire to attend college*

The threat to youth sports

Sixty Three Percent

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.***

Forty Two Percent

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.***

Thirty Percent

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.

+550,000 Kids

Our support has kept over 550,000 kids in the game across all 50 states through the Sports Matter initiative since 2015.

+16 Sports

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.