Whether you’re a seasoned coach or a teacher looking to start a new athletics program, your sports team could probably use some fresh equipment. And we know funding can be tough: $2.5 billion was cut from school sports budgets in 2009-2011 alone. That’s why we’re so excited to partner with The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation! While funding lasts, they’ll double every single donation to qualifying team sports projects. Even better: All day on 10/23/18, they’ll triple donations to eligible projects!
Playing sports has a big impact on students. According to the US Department of Education, student-athletes are four times more likely to attend college. Other studies have shown they have lower rates of absenteeism and higher graduation rates than non-athletes.
If you know exactly what your team needs, check out our help center to see if your team qualifies. If you’re still looking for inspiration, we’ve put together a collection of classroom “recipes” based on some of our favorite team sports projects.
Recipe #1: Kicking off a Soccer League
To help his kids “fight like champions,” Mr. Jarboe created teams for four to seven-year old students who had never played in an organized sports league before. This recipe is based off of his project, “Kick Off Soccer League.”
Recipe #2: A Slam-Dunk Basketball Team
Recipe #3: Bringing Back Baseball and Softball
After their community banded together to renovate an overgrown baseball field, Mr. Shoobridge needed equipment to outfit his new team. This recipe is based off of his project, “Reviving Baseball in Our Community.”
A Few Other Ideas…
Here are a few of the other items you can request for your team-sports project that might be eligible for The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation match offer: