Every day a girl or young women in need steps on the playing field, court or track without the proper footwear, equipment, sports attire or training. Imagine trying to run the Boston Marathon without the proper footwear, sports attire or training opportunities.
In April 2020 the Dream Big! Marathon Team, made up of 22 runners will take to the start of the Boston Marathon to help breakdown the economic barrier that prevents thousands of girls and young women from low-income situations from participating in sports and physical activities.
Dream Big! works to provide girls from low-income situations with the with the equipment, uniforms, sports attire, athletic footwear, program fees, training expenses, sports opportunities and the supplies they need to participate in sports and physical activities that contribute to their health, education and overall well-being.
Over the past nine years Dream Big! programs have had a direct impact on more than 42,000 girls and young women in need through equipment donations, program fee scholarships, sports clinics, college showcases and the Dream Big! Leadership Conferences for middle and high school female athletes in urban communities.
Unfortunately, poverty can severely limit a young girl’s involvement in sports. Dream Big! is working to breakdown the financial barrier that currently prevents thousands of girls from participating.
Here are a few examples of the impact Dream Big! donations had this past year: Dream Big! donated over $200,000 in new sports attire, uniforms and athletic footwear to girls track, basketball, double dutch, volleyball, softball and soccer athletes in urban communities; a donation of a volleyball net and equipment allowed a middle school volleyball team to add a girls volleyball program to their school; Dream Big! Program Scholarships sent hundreds of student athletes to basketball college showcases, soccer and basketball camps and dance classes. In addition hundreds of girls attended Dream Big! Sports Clinics in partnership with local college sports teams and over 200 middle and high school female athletes from urban communities attended the 7th Annual Dream Big! Leadership Conference at UMASS Boston.
As you support the 2020 Dream Big! Boston Marathon Team in their quest to reach the Boston Marathon finish line and their fundraising goals, please know that you are changing the lives of so many inspirational girls and young women.