Carrie Underwood and her lifestyle brand, Calia by Carrie Underwood, have partnered with Dick's Sporting Goods Foundation in an effort to support girls youth sports teams. The two companies have teamed up to donate $500,000 in Sports Matter grants across the country.

Underwood presented the first grant of $100,000 to middle school and high school female student-athletes in her hometown of Checotah, Okla. recently. A Sports Matter grant of $100,000 was given to the Checotah School District Girls Athletic Programs.

“I am so honored to partner with the Dick's Sporting Goods Foundation to give back to my high school’s girls sports teams," the country star says in a press release. "Being active in youth sports while growing up helped set the foundation and passion for making fitness an important part of my life today. Participating in sports also taught me important life lessons about dedication and teamwork. Through this donation, we want to make sure there are plenty of opportunities for girls to play sports in Checotah for years to come."

Additionally, Dick's Foundation will partner with Underwood’s C.A.T.S (Checotah, Animal, Town and School) Foundation and Brian Terry, Checotah High School Principal and Athletic Director, to allocate the Sports Matter grant to the girls softball, track and field, basketball, cheerleading and golf teams.

“At Dick's, we believe sports make people better, and through this partnership, we hope to provide more opportunities for girls to play sports nationwide,” says Lauren Hobart, Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer of Dick's. “Carrie Underwood knows firsthand the impact sports can have on girls becoming strong, successful woman. The Dick's Foundation and the Calia by Carrie Underwood brand are excited to ensure that opportunities for girls to participate in sports continue to exist."

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