Minnesota Hockey announced today applications are open for the ninth season of its Gear Up Minnesota equipment grant program, presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods. The Gear Up Minnesota equipment grant program is aimed at outfitting young hockey players throughout the state, making hockey more affordable for families.
The Gear Up Minnesota program began during the 2010-11 season and has become one of the most successful programs at increasing the amount of Minnesota’s 8 & Under players, which last year surpassed 18,800 for the first time ever. Over the eight years since Gear Up Minnesota has been implemented, more than $640,000 worth of starter gear has been distributed to over 120 Minnesota Hockey community associations.
This season Gear Up Minnesota will continue to provide DICK’S Sporting Goods gift cards to community associations in Minnesota so they can purchase the equipment they need most. This can include skates, sticks, helmets or any other hockey gear they deem necessary to providing the right equipment and sizes for new players.
“Gear Up Minnesota is an initiative that we’ve been proud to support over the last two years,” said Matt Teske, Community Marketing Manager, DICK’S Sporting Goods. “Partnering with Minnesota Hockey to make the game of hockey more accessible to the kids here in Minnesota aligns perfectly with our goal to support local communities and keep kids playing the sports they love. We’re excited to be part of the effort to make hockey more affordable for families across the state.”
Associations can apply for the Gear Up Minnesota grant by submitting an application that states what growth initiatives they are employing, what equipment is most needed and what the equipment will be used for. The application process will be open through June 15. Associations that earn grants will be notified in July and will receive their gift cards in August. Gift cards can be used to purchase equipment online, or at any of the eight DICK’S Sporting Goods locations in Minnesota.
To apply for a Gear Up Minnesota equipment grant, visit www.minnesotahockey.org/gearupminnesota.