helps lay the foundation for healthy, active lifestyles by providing athletic equipment, footwear, and apparel to disadvantaged young people nationwide.
To that end, Good Sports is accepting applications from organizations and schools for equipment, apparel, and footwear for a wide range of sports. Organizations that are approved will have access to equipment, apparel, and footwear inventory for a two-year period. During that time, organizations can make up to six separate donation requests.
To be eligible, applicants must directly serve youth between the ages of 3 and 18 years old; serve youth in an economically disadvantaged area; be located in North America (U.S. and Canada); and operate an organized sport, recreational activity, or fitness program that offers consistent and structured opportunity for play to large groups of children. Schools must apply as a whole; applications for individual programs within the school will not be considered. Donation requests for short-term events such as sports camps and tournaments or to individual athletes will not be considered.
While the equipment, apparel, and footwear received through the program are free, recipients are expected to pay shipping and handling costs, which amounts to roughly 10 percent of the donation value. For example, if the total value of requested items equals $2,000, recipients will be asked to provide $200.
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. It is recommended, however, that organizations apply at least eight weeks prior to the start of their particular season or program to ensure that the desired equipment can be accessed and shipped on time.
See the Good Sports website for complete program guidelines, an FAQ, and application instructions.