Minnesota Hockey announced today applications are open for the eleventh 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 has led the country with more than 18,000 for four consecutive seasons. Over the ten years since Gear Up Minnesota has been implemented, more than $720,000 worth of starter gear has been distributed to over 130 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.
Associations can apply for the Gear Up Minnesota grant by submitting an application that states what growth initiatives they are implementing and how equipment can assist their efforts. The application process will be open through May 31. Associations that earn grants will be notified in late June 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, click here.