Our History

Established in 2011, The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation with a mission to inspire and enable sports participation. It was created by DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc. as a private corporate foundation to support DICK’S charitable and philanthropic activities.

KEY PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

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  • Renewed existing partnership with DonorsChoose.org by pledging $5MM over the next three years to fund sports programs in public schools across the US.
  • Launched a new $1 million Sports Matter Community Grant Program to benefit high-poverty, local youth sports teams, leagues or schools. Store associates at the Company’s more than 860 DICK’S Sporting Goods, Field & Stream and Golf Galaxy stores have the ability to nominate local teams to receive a cash grant.
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  • The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation and the PGA of America announced a three-year partnership to bring the game of golf to thousands of underprivileged youth across the country through scholarships to the PGA Junior League Golf with Boys & Girls Clubs and The First Tee. DSGF will commit $500,000 of Sports Matter grants to support the partnership.
  • Announced a five-year, $500,000 commitment to Little League® Baseball and Softball, in support of its local districts and leagues across the country
  • DICK’S along with The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation announced a $5.5 million commitment to support communities impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The short-term emergency requests and long-term recovery support ranges from monetary donations, to equipment and apparel and other much needed supplies distributed in partnership with The American Red Cross and local authorities.
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  • DICK’S Sporting Goods renewed its $25 million multi-year commitment to support youth athletics increasing the overall commitment to $50 million.
  • As part of this renewal, DSGF brought together influential members of the sports industry to highlight the importance of youth sports and shine a light on its funding crisis. The star-studded event was held at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival following the world premiere of DSGF’s second documentary, Keepers of the Game, which celebrates the strength and perseverance of the young women of the Salmon River lacrosse team from the Akwesasne Mohawk Territory in upstate NY.
  • In addition, DSGF and CALIA by Carrie Underwood (an athleisure line available exclusively at DICK’S) committed $500,000 in Sports Matter grants to support girls youth sports teams
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  • We expanded Sports Matter through a first of its kind partnership between The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation and DonorsChoose.org. The partnership created a new funding category for “Team Sports” on the popular crowd funding platform in which DSGF matched up to $1.5 million in donations made to public school sports teams across the country. (Once a sports project on the site was raised 50% of its goal through donations, DSGF donated the other 50%.)
  • DSGF released a short film, Sports Matter – A Holiday Assist, which captured the story of the funding struggles of the Anchorage (AK) School District girls’ ice hockey program and how our Sports Matter initiative stepped in to fully-fund the team for three upcoming seasons!
  • In addition, DSGF and CALIA by Carrie Underwood (an athleisure line available exclusively at DICK’S) committed $500,000 in Sports Matter grants to support girls youth sports teams
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  • DICK’S Sporting Goods and The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation announced a $25 million multi-year commitment to support youth athletic programs including donations to and sponsorships of local sports teams and the launch of The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation’s Sports Matter initiative. During Sports Matter’s inaugural year, the initiative served as an opportunity to remind the public of the social capital gained through sports, educate them on the funding crisis at hand, and empower them to create meaningful change by donating through a crowd-funding platform to or in our stores to teams in need. Over $4 million were raised to save 184 youth sports teams facing severe financial challenges.
  • Additionally, the DICK’S Foundation partnered with Tribeca Digital Studios and director Judd Ehrlich to create We Could be King, a documentary that cuts to the heart of the issue. The film, which won a Sports Emmy for Outstanding Sports Documentary, depicts two rival Philadelphia high schools that were forced to merge due to severe budget cuts, and how their merged football teams have to learn to work together not only for the team’s sake, but also for the fractured community they represent on the field. The film premiered during the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival.

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