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Youth Sports

About the Program


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.

But youth sports are in trouble. Billions in funding has been cut from school athletic programs in recent years, and it's estimated that more than a quarter of U.S. public high schools will not have ANY sports programs by 2020.

That's why we've made it our mission to support programs that inspire and enable participation in sports.

Through our Sports Matter program, we're making a lasting impact in our communities by giving young athletes the chance to play. In 2014, DICK'S Sporting Goods and the DICK'S Sporting Goods Foundation announced a $25 million, multi-year commitment to support youth athletics. This year, we're expanding our Sports Matter program to help more teams, in more communities, in more ways. The DICK's Sporting Goods Foundation, in partnership with the teacher-driven, crowd funding platform, will match up to $1.5 million in donations to public and charter school sports teams.

We will also continue to afford all youth sports teams the opportunity to apply for DICK'S Sporting Goods' Sponsorships & Donations.

Never before has the need been greater. Join us and help save youth sports because,


A Gift That Matters
girls ice hockey

Like many school districts across the country, Anchorage, Alaska has had severe budget issues that forced them to make tough decisions, which included cutting girls' ice hockey in 2013.

The DICK'S Sporting Goods Foundation is giving girls in Anchorage, Alaska the opportunity to play ice hockey, free of charge, by fully funding the school district's high school girls' ice hockey teams through the 2017-18 season.

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