By Teodora Agarici
The American country music superstar Carrie Underwood will be funding all-girls sports teams across the U.S with $500,000 (£386,500) in grants. This is part of an agreement with DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation and its Sports Matter programme. The “Before He Cheats” hitmaker is looking to expand the partnership by sending funds to an estimated 100 teams in May, reports The Associated Press.
In 2016, two $100,000 (£77,300) grants helped girls athletic programmes in a school district in Carrie’s birthplace – Checotah, Oklahoma and in the Aldine Independent School District in Houston, Texas.
“Sports were a big part of my life growing up, so it’s important to me that girls across the country get those same opportunities,” said Underwood in a press release. “Through Sports Matter, CALIA and The DICK’S Foundation, we are empowering hundreds of girls across the country to learn, grow and dream, teaching them to do what they love later in life.”
The Sports Matter initiatives have included a multi-year $50 million (£38,6070) commitment to raise awareness and support youth sports programmes facing budget shortfalls.
The projects will be funded on the education crowdfunding platform, DonorsChoose.org.