Aldine ISD female student-athletes receive $100,000 grant from Carrie Underwood, Dick’s Sporting Goods
In October of 2016, The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation and CALIA by Carrie Underwood, a fitness and lifestyle brand created in partnership with DICK’S Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS) and multi-platinum superstar Carrie Underwood, announced a $100,000 Sports Matter grant to support girls youth and high school sports in Aldine Independent School District (AISD).
The funds received by AISD were used to make purchases for girls’ middle school and high school athletics. The focus of the expenditures was used to purchase items that enhance the student-athletes’ skill set in varied sports.
The funds were divided between nine middle schools and five high schools in the district. The funds at the middle school level were allocated to make purchases for girls’ basketball, girls’ soccer and girls’ tennis. The funds at the high school level were allocated to make purchases for girls’ golf, girls’ softball and girls’ volleyball.
Since 2014, The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation has pledged more than $50 million to support teams and raise awareness of the importance of youth sports across the country through its Sports Matter initiative.
A group of AISD middle school and high school student-athletes received the opportunity to attend the grant announcement and met Carrie Underwood. AISD Director of Athletics Richard Delgado, and Stacey Smith, the district’s program director of resource development, also attended the event, which was held at DICK’s Sporting Goods new store grand opening celebration at Baybrook Mall in Baytown.
“I am so honored to partner with The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation as we continue to give back to girls sports teams across the country,” said Underwood. “Through today’s donation, we aim to support the girls’ athletic programs in Aldine ISD, providing many girls with the opportunity to participate in sports.”
“At DICK’S, we believe sports make people better, and through this partnership, we are proud to provide more opportunities for girls to play sports throughout the Aldine Independent School District,” said DICK’S Chairman & CEO Edward W. Stack. “The DICK’S Foundation and our CALIA by Carrie Underwood brand look forward to this $100,000 grant making a difference in many girls’ lives.”