Pittsburgh Penguins players will wear green warmup jerseys before Friday's game against Arizona at PPG Paints Arena (7 p.m.) in support of The DICK'S Sporting Goods Foundation's Sports Matter initiative.
The jerseys will 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 teams in need.
Billions of dollars in funding have been cut from youth sports programs, leaving millions of students unable to play. DICK'S Sporting Goods and The DICK'S Sporting Goods Foundation believe that sports make people better. Since 2014, they have pledged over $100 million dollars to give kids the chance to play through their Sports Matter initiative. Through these efforts, Sports Matter has raised awareness of the importance of youth sports and has helped more than one million youth athletes across the country. This summer, The DICK'S Sporting Goods Foundation committed to helping one million more kids over the next five years.
Additionally, during the second intermission, The DICK'S Sporting Goods Foundation Sports Matter initiative will present a $25,000 donation to Hockey Sticks Together, a foundation whose mission to embrace and support kids with disabilities and inner-city youth through the great game of hockey while driving positive social change.
Among the other Sports Matter initiatives on Friday:
- Penguins coaches and front office staff will wear special green lace pins
- All fans in attendance will receve a Sports Matter-themed cheer card upon entering the arena
- Children attending the game are encouraged to wear their favorite sports activity uniform
- The Orr's Jewelers Ice Crew will be wearing green laces and Sports Matter beanies
For more information, or to make a donation, please go to www.sportsmatter.org/