Sports Make People Better

A simple statement, but one that is often overlooked. Sports build character, increase confidence, motivate kids to stay in school and aim for higher education; teaching life lessons that extend well beyond the playing field. Through grants and other support we’ve helped 501c3 organizations, schools, and community teams across all 50 states provide opportunities for youth to play sports. But not everyone has the same access to play sports.

Signature Initiatives

Youth Sports in School

Since 2015 we’ve partnered with DonorsChoose.org to fund school sports projects on their platform. Through them we’ve been able to help more than 900,000 students participate in sports.

Sports Matter Community Grants Program

Since 2018, we’ve pledged $2.5 million to partner with DICK’S Sporting Goods stores to provide meaningful grants to support youth sports teams, leagues, and programs in local communities throughout the country.


Because of a lack of budget, lack of equipment, or lack of facilities, many communities can’t provide appropriate access to youth sports activities. That’s why we provide strategic grants that target these most in need to have the biggest impact.


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.