HOUSTON, Oct. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, 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 Houston's Aldine Independent School District (A.I.S.D.).
Since 2014, The DICK'S Sporting Goods Foundation has pledged over $50 million to support teams and raise awareness of the importance of youth sports across the country through its Sports Matter initiative.
Earlier this year CALIA by Carrie Underwood, in partnership with The DICK'S Foundation, announced plans to donate $500,000 in Sports Matter grants to girls youth sports teams across the country. The first grant was awarded in June in Underwood's hometown to Checotah (Okla.) School District Girls' Athletic programs.
Today, in Houston, Underwood and The DICK'S Foundation surprised A.I.S.D. female student-athletes and coaches with a $100,000 Sports Matter grant during a CALIA by Carrie Underwood meet and greet and fitness event at a DICK'S Sporting Goods new store grand opening celebration at the Baybrook Mall.
"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 Houston, providing many girls with the opportunity to participate in sports."
The DICK'S Foundation will be partnering with Athletic Director, Richard Delgado, and Program Director of Resource Development, Stacey Smith, to allocate the Sports Matter grant across A.I.S.D. to the girls' sports teams.
"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."
For more information on Sports Matter and CALIA by Carrie Underwood, please visit SportsMatter.org and CaliaStudio.com, respectively.
About The DICK'S Sporting Goods Foundation
The DICK'S Sporting Goods Foundation is an exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation with a mission to inspire and enable sports participation. It was created by DICK'S Sporting Goods, Inc. as a private corporate foundation to support DICK'S charitable and philanthropic activities.
About Carrie Underwood:
Carrie Underwood emerged from the promise of her 2005 American Idol win to become a true multi-format, multi-media superstar, spanning achievements in music, television, and film. A seven-time GRAMMY® Award winner, she has amassed over 100 major honors, sold 58 million records worldwide, and recorded 24 #1 singles, 13 of which she co-wrote, with a catalog of songs that have been streamed more than 1.9 billion times worldwide. The first female artist to be twice named the Academy of Country Music's Entertainer of the Year, Underwood was recognized as Pollstar's top female country touring artist for her headlining tours in 2008, 2010, and 2012. Her first four studio albums, Some Hearts, Carnival Ride, Play On, and Blown Away – each certified multi-Platinum or Platinum, and each an American Music Awards winner as Country Album of the Year – tallied an incredible 38 weeks at #1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart. In 2013, Underwood starred as Maria von Trapp in NBC's three-hour holiday blockbuster, the Emmy®-winning The Sound of Music Live!, whose airings attracted 44 million viewers. In December of 2014, the Grand Ole Opry member released her first hits collection, Greatest Hits: Decade #1. Billboard's best-selling hits album of 2015, the chart-topping package was certified Platinum in January of 2016, making Underwood the only country artist – and one of only six all-genre artists – to launch an album to Platinum success since the time of its release in December of 2014. Celebrating her first 10 years of music, the collection's 25 songs included two new #1 hits co-written by Underwood: the Platinum-certified, GRAMMY-winning "Something in the Water," as well as the Gold-certified "Little Toy Guns." This year, she will begin her fourth season as the voice of primetime television's #1 program, Sunday Night Football, and return for a ninth consecutive year as co-host of the CMA Awards. Underwood's chart-topping, Gold-certified fifth studio album, Storyteller, has produced three #1 singles with "Smoke Break," "Heartbeat," and "Church Bells."
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