In conjunction with The Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation, The Lindsey Vonn Foundation (LVF) has established The Dick’s Foundation Sports Matter Scholarship for underprivileged youth athletes across the country.

Applications are now open for the scholarship, and athletes between the ages of 7-to-18 years old, based in the U.S., who are in need and passionate about their sport(s) are welcome to apply. Applicants should showcase their ability “to overcome obstacles, discover true grit, and pursue their goals” when completing the application. Scholarship funds can be applied to sports programs of any kind and for any amount up to $25,000.

“I’ve always been one to push the limits, have faith in my dreams and fight for what I love. I can’t think of a better time to step up and provide future generations the tools they need to reach their goals,” said Vonn. “The Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation is helping us provide even more opportunities specifically to young athletes who need these scholarships. We both see the value sports can provide for a child and know that the benefits of a safe, enriching space are crucial to youth athletic and personal development.”

Scholarships will be awarded twice a year in the spring and fall. In order to apply for a scholarship, applicants must fill out the online application on the Foundation’s website and may be contacted for an interview with the LVF Scholarship Selection Committee.

“Research shows that playing sports builds character, increases confidence and motivates kids to stay in school and aim for higher education,” said Aimee Watters, executive director of The Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation. “The Dick’s Foundation is proud to partner with such an incredible organization like The Lindsey Vonn Foundation to give more kids a chance to play.”

The Dick’s Foundation Sports Matter Scholarship will continue to be awarded for an indefinite period of time, and applicants are encouraged to re-apply if they are not initially selected. In addition to The Dick’s Foundation Sports Matter Scholarship, The Lindsey Vonn Foundation will continue to give out scholarships twice a year for enrichment programs, STEM, and any after-school activity.

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