Minnesota Hockey is excited to announce the new-look Gear Up Minnesota equipment grant program in partnership with Dick's Sporting Goods! Applications are now closed for the 2018 season.
Since 2010, equipment grants from Gear Up Minnesota have been used by associations across the state to attract new players and make hockey more accessible. Gear Up Minnesota has provided over 120 unique associations with sets of starter hockey equipment, with a total worth over $600,000.
New this season, grant recipients will receive gift cards from Dicks's Sporting Goods. Association representatives will have the opportunity to use the gift cards to purchase the specific equipment their association most needs to recruit new players and retain them.
Whether it's building up your inventory of youth skate sizes for try hockey events or ensuring every new player has a helmet that fits properly and has current HECC certification, the gift cards can be utilized in-store or online to fill your association's needs.
Dick's Sporting Goods will also provide an option for a starter equipment package that includes standard equipment items such as a helmet, breezers, gloves, elbow and shin pads.
• Be detailed and specific
• Display creativity and ingenuity in how the grant will be used
• Demonstrate how the grant will act as a supportive piece of an overall growth plan
• Show a track record of effort and success in using grants to grow the game
The deadline to apply is June 15, 2018. Recipients will be notified in late June and the gift cards will be distributed in early September.
A special thank you to Dick's Sporting Goods, the Minnesota Wild Foundation, Subway and our other partners for making Gear Up Minnesota a success.
Have you received a Gear Up Minnesota! grant in the past? Send us an email with images of kids using grant equipment and your association could be featured by Minnesota Hockey!