Good Sports

At a Glance

National Office: 
1515 Hancock Street Suite 301
Quincy, MA 02169
Phone: 617-471-1213

Melissa Harper
People Served: 
3,000,000
Year Founded: 
2003
Tax ID: 
75-3138664

Focus area(s):

After-School & Out-of-School
Fitness & Nutrition

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Description

Founded in 2003, Good Sports mission is to give all kids the lifelong benefits of sport and physical activity by providing new equipment, apparel and footwear to those most in need.  Youth programs have faced severe budget cuts and many organizations respond by shifting the costs to families in the form of higher fees.  This can effectively exclude disadvantaged children from participating in sports and recreation programs.  By providing the equipment they need, Good Sports ensures that all kids have a chance to play and has provided $17 million worth of equipment to over 3,000,000 kids in need.  

Impact and Outcomes

Distributed $17 million worth of equipment to children in need toward our goal of $30 million in equipment by 2023
Impacted over 3,000,000 kids through equipment donations toward our goal of impacting over 6 million kids by 2023
Made over 4,500 equipment donations to programs in need with continued growth planned for the future

Mission & Goals

Good Sports gives all kids the lifelong benefits of sport and physical activity by providing new equipment, apparel and footwear to those most in need.  To date, Good Sports has provided over $17 million worth of equipment to benefit over 3,000,000 youth across the country.  

Good Sports accomplishes this by partnering with the sporting goods industry to secure donated and deeply discounted equipment, which is then donated to sports and fitness organizations serving underprivileged youth. This model allows Good Sports to provide these children with greater access to equipment. Furthermore, Good Sports provides great value to our philanthropic partners as we typically provide up to $2 in equipment for every $1 of financial support.  Each year, more and more sports and fitness activities are becoming fee-based. Furthermore, rising costs of participation and equipment are preventing increasing numbers of disadvantaged children from participating. Good Sports aims to change that by ensuring that all children have a chance to play, regardless of their ability to pay. 

Program

Good Sports strives to ensure that all kids have the ability to lead healthy lifestyles regardless of income level. Through strategic partnerships in the sports equipment industry, Good Sports is able to provide children with sports equipment that would otherwise be unavailable to them. Good Sports began in 2003 with a donation of 500 basketballs and has grown to distribute more than $10 million worth of equipment nationwide.  While the scope of Good Sports impact has widened significantly since its early years as a Boston-focused organization, there is still a tremendous amount of unmet need across the country.

Good Sports goals include: 1) Ensuring that all young people have access to programs that help develop strong bodies, minds, and character; 2) Expanding and strengthening the quality of sports and fitness programs that engage a significant number of low income youth; and 3) Helping youth organizations that lack staff, time, and/or knowledge get the necessary equipment to increase their capacity.

Because of Good Sports’ unique partnerships within the sporting goods industry, we are able to offer organizations a level of support and amount of equipment they wouldn’t otherwise have access to. While many sporting goods companies are charitable, their resources are often allocated to just a few organizations with which they have relationships. As a result, youth sports and fitness organizations that do not have such relationships struggle to provide the youth they serve with the quality and quantity of equipment they need.

Our partnerships within the sporting goods sector give rise to a model that is built upon high levels of efficiency. For every $1 that is donated, Good Sports provides up to $2 of equipment to the community. Donations from Good Sports not only equip children in need, but they increase the capacity of the organizations being served. Our equipment program is directed to organizations in need seeking to:

•             Launch a new sports and fitness program

•             Expand an existing sports and fitness program

•             Decrease the costs associated with their program and lessen the burden on families

•             Improve the quality of their program to ensure retention of participants

All of these objectives serve to fulfill the primary goal of Good Sports: facilitating an increase in participation in youth sports and fitness activities. By off-setting equipment expenses, Good Sports enables organizations to reallocate their funding to other priorities such as facilities costs, coaching, transportation, and subsidies for disadvantaged youth. Ensuring these organizations are well resourced increases their ability to serve more young people, specifically kids who cannot afford to participate. 

Impact

Good Sports strives to provide equipment to increase the capacity of youth organizations to give more children the opportunity to be active. With the necessary investments in growth, Good Sports plans to:

  • Grow to be a $12 million organization that impacts over 600,000 kids per year
  • Distribute equipment to organizations across the country with emphasis on the top 50 cities in the US
  • Increase the capacity of each organization it serves to ensure all kids have a chance to play
  • Increase the number of minutes of play of the children we serve

In addition to the value of the equipment donated, Good Sports also measures the improvement in capacity of the recipient organizations. We measure this by tracking the percentage of organizations that:

  • Increase the number of youth in their program
  • Decrease the cost of the program fees
  • Improve the retention of the kids they serve
  • Start a new program

By making equipment more accessible to kids in need across the nation, we are giving them the tools to lead healthy, active lifestyles.  While it may look like just another bat, ball, jump rope, or yoga mat, the donations we make are playing an integral role in keeping kids off the couch and off the sideline.  Research shows that just the mere presence of equipment results in increasing activity among children.  Coupled with organized programming and coaching, the results can be even more significant.  Through Good Sports application and evaluation processes, we are able to measure the impact equipment donations have on the kids we serve to ensure that the goals and objectives we set out to achieve annually are being met.

Growth Plan

Good Sports has grown from an organization that served only Greater Boston 10 years ago to one that provides equipment to children across the country today.  However, we estimate that there are approximately 6 million kids in the major metropolitan areas across the United States whose access to sport and physical activity is limited by financial constraints.  To meet this need, Good Sports plans to grow to a scale that serves more than 6 million children in poverty living in the top 50 cities across the United States.  To accomplish this growth, Good Sports plans to:

o    Expand impact to serve more than 6 million children living in poverty in the top 50 United States cities

o    Grow Good Sports from a $6.2 million dollar organization today to a $12 million dollar organization 

To accomplish this growth, Good Sports will focus on a few key strategies:

  • Develop infrastructure to raise enough funds locally within 5 major U.S. markets to sustain service to kids in needs in those cities (cost of approximately $300,000 per city)
  • Serve smaller markets with centralized structure from national headquarters
  • Become anchor partner of sporting goods industry for excess equipment donations and community programming
  • Grow staff capacity to 26 full-time employees primarily with expansion of Program and Regional teams
  • Invest in organizational marketing to drive awareness and branding benefit for our corporate partners

With strategic investments in our target markets, our personnel, and marketing, Good Sports will be able to fuel the growth of the organization to triple our level of service to the community.

Location of Sites

National Office: 
1515 Hancock Street Suite 301
Quincy, MA 02169
Phone: 617-471-1213
List of locations

To make a contribution to a program site:

  1. Click on the "Make a Contribution Now" button and include the name, city and state of the program you would like to support, in the "notes" text box on the organization's donation form, if available.
  2. If a "notes" or "designation" box is not available, write the city and state on your check in the "notes" section or call the national office to designate your contribution to a local program site.

Locations in the following states:

Illinois

Massachusetts

New York

Financials

Most Recent Budget

Year Ended:

2016

REVENUE

Corporate Grants: 
$1,825,000
Foundation Grants: 
$543,000
Government Funding: 
$0
Contributions from Individuals: 
$129,000
Special Events: 
$990,600
Program Services Fees: 
$181,942
Membership Dues: 
$0
Other Earned Income: 
$0
Other Revenue: 
$3,019,166
Other Revenue (Description): 
In kind equipment
Total Revenue: 
$6,688,708

EXPENSES

Salaries, Related Salaries & Professional Fees: 
$1,350,768
Occupancy: 
$92,425
Travel & Entertainment: 
$84,000
Office Supplies, Printing, Postage: 
$93,608
Telephone & Communications: 
$24,000
Payments to Affiliates: 
$0
Other Expenses: 
$2,004,621
Other Expenses (Description): 

Equipment purchases, warehouse, events, other
Other Expenses (Description): 

Total Expenses: 
$3,649,422

NET GAIN/LOSS

Net Gain/Loss: 
$3,039,286

Prior Year Actuals

Year Ended:

2015

REVENUE

Corporate Grants: 
$1,429,693
Foundation Grants: 
$460,727
Government Funding: 
$0
Contributions from Individuals: 
$104,344
Program Services Fees: 
$185,531
Membership Dues: 
$0
Other Earned Income: 
$2,311
Other Revenue: 
$1,053,195
Other Revenue (Description): 
In kind equipment donations
Special Events: 
$915,888
Total Revenue: 
$4,151,689

EXPENSES

Salaries, Related Salaries & Professional Fees: 
$1,034,498
Occupancy: 
$49,823
Travel & Entertainment: 
$68,929
Office Supplies, Printing, Postage: 
$57,641
Telephone & Communication: 
$14,007
Payments to Affiliates: 
$0
Other Expenses: 
$2,070,121
Other Expenses (Description): 

Equipment purchases, warehouse, events, etc.

Total Expenses: 
$3,295,019

NET GAIN/LOSS

Net Gain / Loss: 
$856,670

Major Funders

Accusplit
Amelia Peabody Foundation
Apex Clearing
Ariel Investments
Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation
Axis
Bain Capital
Bauer
Bell 
Berkshire Partners
BNY Mellon
Brain Pad
Brooks
BSN Sports
Canada Dry Motts
Century Marshall Arts
Chicago Blackhawks Alumni Association
Chicago Cubs
Clipper Ship Foundation
Comcast Sportsnet
Constant Contact
CPI
Damico Family Foundation
Discovery Land Company 
Dr Pepper Snapple Group
Dunkin Donuts
Dunkin Donuts & Baskin Robbins Community Foundation
Easton Baseball
Emil Anderson + Son
ESPN
Everlast
FiveStar Senior Living
Forza Sports
Franklin Sports
GEICO
Georgia SHAPE
Goldman Sachs 
Greenberg Traurig
Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation
Highland Street Foundation
hummel Sport USA
Income Research + Management
Invest for Kids
Jackrabbit
Jordan Family Sports Foundation
Koa Labs
Kwik Goal
Let's Move Active Schools
Lettuce Entertain You
Lucky in Love
Mizuno
Molten
NESN
New Balance
New Balance Foundation
Nike
Pace
Performance Sports Group
Rawlings
Reebok
Revolution
Riddell
Ropes & Gray
RPM Fitness
Saucony
SFIA
Spalding/Russel Athletic
SPRI
Sullivan & Worcester
Tampa Bay Rays
TD Garden 
THL Partners
Thomson Reuters
Under Armour
Universal Athletic
VDA Productions
Walmart
Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation
Wilson Sporting Goods
Xenith
Yawkey Foundation