Minnesota Hockey announced today applications are open for the 12th 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 making hockey more affordable by outfitting young hockey players throughout the state.
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, breaking 19,000 for the first time this season. Since the Gear Up Minnesota grant was launched, more than $760,000 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 outfit new players in their community.
“At DICK’S Sporting Goods, we believe every kid should have access to play sports,” said Betsi Sherman, Community Marketing Manager, DICK’S Sporting Goods. “We’re proud to play a role in making hockey more affordable for Minnesota families and giving young athletes the opportunity to try something new.”
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.
A special thank you to Dick's Sporting Goods, the Minnesota Wild Foundation, FlipGive, Kwik Trip, Northwest Designs and our other partners for making Gear Up Minnesota a success.
About DICK'S Sporting Goods, Inc.
DICK'S Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS) creates confidence and excitement by personally equipping all athletes to achieve their dreams. Founded in 1948 and headquartered in Pittsburgh, the leading omnichannel retailer serves athletes and outdoor enthusiasts in more than 850 DICK'S Sporting Goods, Golf Galaxy, Field & Stream, Public Lands, Going Going Gone! and Warehouse Sale stores, online, and through the DICK'S mobile app. DICK'S also owns and operates DICK'S House of Sport and Golf Galaxy Performance Center, as well as GameChanger, a youth sports mobile app for scheduling, communications, live scorekeeping and video streaming.
Driven by its belief that sports make people better, DICK'S has been a longtime champion for youth sports and, together with its Foundation, has donated millions of dollars to support under-resourced teams and athletes through the Sports Matter program and other community-based initiatives. Additional information about DICK'S business, corporate giving, sustainability efforts and employment opportunities can be found on dicks.com, investors.dicks.com, sportsmatter.org, dickssportinggoods.jobs and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.