Pittsburgh Penguins players will wear green warmup jerseys before Friday's game with Winnipeg at PPG Paints Arena (7 p.m.) to support the "Sports Matter" program created by DICK'S Sporting Goods.
The jerseys will then be available for auction for one week at pensjersey.givesmart.com, with all proceeds going to "Sports Matter."
The DICK'S Sporting Goods Foundation developed "Sports Matter" to support and help save youth sports around the country. From the foundation's website:
"Billions of dollars in funding have been cut from youth sports programs in recent years, leaving millions of students unable to play. The DICK'S Sporting Goods Foundation created the Sports Matter program because we believe that sports make people better. Sports build character, increase confidence and motivate kids to stay in school and aim for higher education. Since 2014, the Foundation, together with DICK'S Sporting Goods, has pledged over $50 million to give children the opportunity to play.
During the first intermission on Friday, The DICK'S Sporting Goods Foundation will make a $25,000 donation to the Pittsburgh I.C.E. youth hockey program. Pittsburgh I.C.E. provides youth of all socio-economic backgrounds a chance to play hockey while using the sport as a platform to encourage positive youth development, promote academics and foster life skills to enhance success both on and off the ice.
Penguins coaches will wear special green lace "Sports Matter" pins during Friday's game, and two players from the Pittsburgh I.C.E. will ride the Zamboni after the warmup.
For more information, or to make a donation, please go to www.sportsmatter.org/