Girls who participate in sports are more likely to stay in school, choose a healthy lifestyle, have self-confidence, and become leaders in our communities. Yet so many young girls still do not have the means or access to participate. Others step on the playing field, court or track without the proper footwear, equipment, sports attire or training. Poverty is limiting their ability to experience the true benefits of physical activity.
Everyday, Dream Big! is helping to change this by empowering young girls through access to sports and other physical activities. Over the past 5 years Dream Big! has had a direct impact on more than 14,000 girls in need through equipment donations, program scholarships, sports clinics and leadership conferences for young female athletes.
I have had the opportunity to meet several of these girls and the impact on their lives is clear. Those who may not have finished high school are enrolled in college athletic and academic scholarship programs. Others are well on their way. All have acknowledged the role that Dream Big! has played in changing their lives.
Your donation, regardless of size, will make a difference:
$35 will purchase a regulation soccer ball or basketball
$50 will purchase a pair a new pair of sneakers or cleats
$100 pays for an 8-week dance or fitness class for 1 girl
$200 pays for a new bike and helmet
$500 pays for a week-long summer sports camp
$1000 pays for new uniforms, equipment and training for an entire sports team
$2500 pays for physical education equipment for one full year for hundreds of children in an elementary or middle school
$10,000 pays for a new community based sports program for 100 female athletes.
I am so excited to run the 2015 Boston Marathon in support of this amazing organization. Please consider making a donation to Dream Big! to provide access, confidence, and a future, to even more young girls.
To learn more, visit http://www.dream-big.org.