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Updated: Jul 12

$10,000 Donation Made By DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation to Olympic Day Programming in Houston & Harris County



Houston, TX – The DICK’s Sporting Goods Foundation awarded a $10,000 grant to the Sports Authority Foundation (SAF) in a special check presentation at the grand opening of their DICK’S Sporting Goods, Meyerland Plaza location.

Aaron Pisk, DICK’s Community Marketing Manager, presented the check to Harris County – Houston Sports Authority(HCHSA) CEO, Janis Burke and Houston Olympians & Paralympians Chapter President, Jackie Washington. The grant will help the Sports Authority Foundation grow its Olympic Day programming to reach even more children in the community.

Olympic Day is a yearly event based on the three pillars of “move”, “learn” and “discover”. Every June 23, National Olympic Committees around the world deploy sports, cultural and educational activities aimed at everybody – regardless of age, gender, social background, or sporting ability. Along with Jackie Washington, many Olympians and Paralympians from around the Greater Houston Area attend Olympic Day to support and mentor hundreds of area youth who take part in the event.

“The Sports Authority Foundation provides another great conduit for HCHSA to do amazing work in the community,” said Janis Burke, Harris County – Houston Sports Authority CEO. “We’re so thankful for this grant from DICK’S as it will allow us to include even more children in this year’s event.”

The DICK’s Sporting Goods Foundation believes that sports make people better and works towards providing opportunities for youth to play sports through grants and other support.

“We are proud to support the Sports Authority Foundation and are excited to see the impact this will make on young athletes in the Houston area,” said Aaron Pisk, Dicks Community Marketing Manager. “We’re thrilled to be a part of growing Olympic Day.”

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About Olympic Day

Olympic Day is based on the three pillars of “move”, “learn” and “discover”. Each June 23, National Olympic Committees (NOC) deploy sports, cultural and educational activities aimed at everybody – regardless of age, gender, social background, or sporting ability. Some countries have incorporated the event into the school curriculum, and, in recent years, many NOCs have added concerts and exhibitions to the celebration. Recent NOC activities have included meetings for children and young people with top athletes and the development of new websites directing people to programs in their neighborhood. www.houstonsports.org/event/olympic-day/


About Sports Authority Foundation

The Sports Authority Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization focused on serving the Houston community by providing sports-focused resources, events, and education. The Sports Authority Foundation was formed in 2017 to support the Authority’s charitable activities in Harris County and the Greater Houston Metropolitan Area. The Foundation is committed to improving the communities of Houston and Harris County by hosting annual events like Gateway to Gold and Olympic Day, as well as many other community-enriching initiatives throughout the year. These events allow the Foundation to provide resources and opportunities to underserved areas and groups in our community. www.sportsauthorityfoundation.org


About Harris County – Houston Sports Authority

The Harris County-Houston Sports Authority maintains the facilities and services the debt of the world-class, professional sports venues it was created to build. To support this primary mission, Houston Sports serves as a leading proponent for attracting sporting events to Houston and for promoting the city as a home for sports-related activities, to ultimately enhance Houston’s economic development and bring better quality of life for its residents. Houston Sports also manages the Sports Authority Foundation. www.houstonsports.org


About The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation

The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation with a mission to inspire and enable sports participation. It was created by DICK’S Sporting Goods as a private corporate foundation to support DICK’S charitable and philanthropic activities. Driven by its belief that sports make people better, The DICK’S Foundation champions youth sports and provides grants and support to under-resourced teams and athletes through its Sports Matter program and other community-based initiatives. Additional information about The DICK’S Foundation can be found on sportsmatter.org and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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