Awesome news for young female athletes across the United States— The Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation and country superstar Carrie Underwood’s CALIA fitness and lifestyle brand have announced plans to fully fund girls team sports projects on education crowdfunding platform, DonorsChoose.org. Pledging a $200,000 commitment, the partnership will fund an estimated 100 teams across the country in the month of May.
The newly announced pledge marks the third Sports Matter donation on behalf of CALIA by Carrie Underwood and The Dick’s Foundation, as a part of its broader $500,000 commitment to support girls youth sports across the country. Two grants were previously awarded in 2016: $100,000 to Carrie Underwood’s alma mater, Checotah (Oklahoma) School District’s Girls Athletic programs and $100,000 to Aldine Independent School District’s Girls Athletic programs in Houston, Texas.
“Sports were a big part of my life growing up, so it’s important to me that girls across the country get those same opportunities,” shared Carrie Underwood. “Through Sports Matter, CALIA and The Dick’s Foundation, we are empowering hundreds of girls across the country to learn, grow and dream, teaching them to do what they love later in life.”
Besides singing, Carrie was also an avid student athlete. The future superstar was on the cheer squad and played basketball and softball throughout high school. In 2016, she returned to her hometown to talk to three female high school students about their lives and what sports mean to them while sharing the lessons sports taught her over the years. Enjoy the heartwarming clip below!
In addition to supporting young athletes, Carrie is also busy supporting husband Mike Fisher’s Nashville Predators as they compete in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Carrie Underwood could write a book on how to be a charitable role model, she’s always willing to step up for others and meet their needs. And that’s why fans love and admire her so much!
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