PITTSBURGH, June 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- DICK'S Sporting Goods (DKS) announced today a multi-year, strategic partnership with US Youth Soccer, the largest member of the United States Soccer Federation, and its DICK'S Team Sports HQ youth sports platform.
As the Official Sporting Goods Retailer and Soccer Management Technology Partner, DICK'S and DICK'S Team Sports HQ will provide next generation technology to US Youth Soccer and its members in streamlining, operating and increasing participation. In addition, DICK'S will support the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series as its presenting sponsor through onsite activations to increase participant engagement. The partnership also includes the creation of the first-annual US Youth Soccer State Association Leadership Summit, which will be held in San Diego in September.
"We're excited to welcome US Youth Soccer to the rapidly-growing DICK'S Team Sports HQ family of youth sports governing body partners," said Ed Plummer, SVP, DICK'S Team Sports HQ. "At DICK'S, we believe that sports matter and our Team Sports HQ platform provides unparalleled digital capabilities allowing coaches to focus on developing young athletes and not worrying as much about the logistics and administration."
The partnership with US Youth Soccer expands DICK'S Team Sports HQ's community and technology support of youth soccer nationwide to nearly four million players, volunteers, coaches and their families. The DICK'S Team Sports HQ platform will manage most of US Youth Soccer's operations, communications and relationships with its affiliate State Associations. In addition, DICK'S Team Sports HQ provides club affiliates with online registration, web sites, mobile apps for scheduling and communications as well as Fan Wear shops and access to donations and sponsorships.
"With all the entertainment options available to young people such as video games, TV and social media, organized sports are challenged to provide a better experience to grow the game," said US Youth Soccer CEO Chris Moore. "Therefore, we couldn't be more excited about the opportunity to partner with DICK'S, whose strong brand will not only help elevate and enhance the player experience at our 'crown jewel', the National Championship Series, but will enable our members to better administer the sport through the DICK'S Teams Sports HQ platform."
DICK'S Team Sports HQ currently serves youth sports governing bodies representing over nine million young athletes including US Youth Soccer, PONY Baseball and Softball, and National Police Athletic League, among others. More information on DICK'S Teams Sports HQ can be found by visiting dicks.com/TSHQ.
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 April 29, 2017, the Company operated more than 690 DICK'S Sporting Goods locations across the United States, 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 dedicated to Team Sports, Athletic Apparel, Golf, Lodge/Outdoor, Fitness and Footwear. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, DICK'S also owns and operates Golf Galaxy and Field & Stream specialty stores, as well as DICK'S Team Sports HQ, an all-in-one youth sports digital platform offering free league management services, mobile apps for scheduling, communications and live scorekeeping, custom uniforms and FanWear and access to donations and sponsorships. DICK'S offers its products through a content-rich eCommerce platform that is integrated with its store network and provides customers with the convenience and expertise of a 24-hour storefront. For more information, visit the Press Room or Investor Relations pages at dicks.com.
About US Youth Soccer
US Youth Soccer - "The Game for ALL Kids!®" is the largest youth sports organization in the country and largest member of the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body of soccer in the United States. US Youth Soccer registers more than 3 million players annually, ages 5 to 19, and over 900,000 administrators, coaches and volunteers in 55 member State Associations. US Youth Soccer programs provide a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game. For more information, visit www.USYouthSoccer.org.
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