PITTSBURGH, Nov. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- DICK'S Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS) announced today an agreement in principle with its DICK'STeam Sports HQ all-in-one youth sports services digital platform and Little League Baseball and Softball, the world's largest youth baseball and softball organization. As the Official League Technology Provider, DICK'S Team Sports HQ becomes the recommended technology provider to Little League's 2.4 million participants, and over 1 million coaches, local league officials and district administrators.
"We are pleased to be able to offer this first-of-its-kind platform free to Little League, one of the most recognized and respected youth sports organizations in the country. At DICK'S, we believe that sports matter and share similar beliefs with Little League that participation in sports can teach kids valuable life lessons," said Edward W. Stack, Chairman & CEO, DICK'S Sporting Goods. "Our Team Sports HQ platform provides unparalleled digital capabilities to youth teams and leagues across the country allowing coaches to focus on developing their young athletes and not worrying so much about the logistics of sport."
DICK'S Team Sports HQ offers youth sports leagues, teams, coaches and parents across the country three key services – free league management services, including websites and online registration with free mobile app for scheduling and communications; FanWear shops; and access to donations and sponsorships for local Little League programs.
"As Little League strives to provide more effective resources that will help to keep local little league programs affordable and easy to operate, the need for more effective online, on-demand resources are critical to the efforts of thousands of volunteers operating our program. We are excited about this new national technology partnership and the opportunities it will provide to our member leagues and families," said Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer, Little League International. "DICK'S Team Sports HQ was the overwhelming choice to communicate effectively with parents and volunteers and to manage player registration and websites."
More information on Teams Sports HQ can be found by visiting dicks.com/TSHQ. The agreement in principle with Little League is subject to definitive documentation.
About DICK'S Sporting Goods, Inc. Founded in 1948, DICK'S Sporting Goods, Inc. is a leading omni-channel sporting goods retailer offering an extensive assortment of authentic, high-quality sports equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories. As of October 29, 2016, the Company operated more than 675 DICK'S Sporting Goods locations, serving and inspiring athletes and outdoor enthusiasts to achieve their personal best through a blend of dedicated associates, in-store services and unique specialty shop-in-shops. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, DICK'S also owns and operates Golf Galaxy, Field & Stream, True Runner and Chelsea Collective specialty stores and DICK'S Team Sports HQ, an all-in-one youth sports digital platform with free registration, website and mobile app capabilities, custom uniforms and FanWear shops, as well as access to donations and sponsorships.. For more information, visit the Press Room at DICKS.com.
About Little League® Little League® Baseball and Softball is the world's largest organized youth sports program, with 2.4 million players and one million adult volunteers in every U.S. state and more than 80 other countries. Founded in 1939, more than 35 million people around the world, from a U.S. president to community leaders to professional athletes, can call themselves Little League graduates. And every year, millions of people follow the hard work, dedication, and sportsmanship that the Little Leaguers display at our seven baseball and softball World Series events, the premier tournaments in youth sports. For more information, visit LittleLeague.org, or follow Little League on Facebook (facebook.com/LittleLeague), Twitter (twitter.com/LittleLeague), and Instagram (Instagram.com/LittleLeague).