Girls in the Game Awarded $100,000 Donation from The Kevin Durant Charity Foundation, Degree and Laureus USA to Support Social Justice Programming in Chicago, Baltimore and Dallas

Chicago, IL – Girls in the Game today announced it received a $100,000 grant from The Kevin Durant Charity Foundation (KDCF) and Degree Deodorant in partnership with Laureus USA. The grant is in response to the COVID-19 health crisis and in support of those communities suffering from racial injustice. Girls in the Game will use the donation to support programming for young women in Chicago, Bloomington, Baltimore and Dallas.

Only 1 in 3 American children are physically active each day, and with 1.3 million fewer opportunities to play high school sports than boys, girls have been hit particularly hard by the pandemic’s stay-at-home regulations. Racial injustice further limits Black and Brown girls who may not feel confident moving in their communities due to profiling stemming from systemic racism. Communities hit hardest by COVID-19 are severely struggling to keep facilities and programs running, provide access to coaches and mentors and offer recreation centers and community organizations to keep young women safe, connected and moving.

Girls in the Game understands that not all playing fields are equal, hence the vision for a world where all girls are empowered to be gamechangers. The organization acknowledges the systemic racism that young girls of color face and it stands firm against that which seeks to destroy equity, inclusion and access. Now, more than ever, girls need a space where they can be active, be themselves and be together.

“Our commitment to a diverse, inclusive and just society is an active one, embedded in 25 years of programming,” said Meghan Moore, Executive Director of Girls in the Game. “We are grateful to KDCF, Degree and Laureus USA for their generous support, which will support our current programming as well as future pilot programs across our markets in Illinois, Baltimore and Dallas.”

The grant is part of a commitment from The Kevin Durant Charitable Foundation, Degree and the Laureus Sport for Good Response Fund to donate a million dollars to multiple organizations that help teach children the power of sports in combating social issues. Girls in the Game is one of the ten recipient organizations who use movement and sports to improve the health, education and employment outcomes of kids in their communities.

“Laureus USA is thrilled to be partnering with Degree and The Kevin Durant Charitable Foundation to support the work of amazing youth sport organizations, such as Girls in the Game,” said Ben Schornack, Chicago Program Officer for Laureus USA.  “We have had the privilege of working alongside Girls in the Game for the past few years as part of our Sport for Good Chicago initiative and have seen first-hand the positive impact they are having on girls in the community.”

About Girls in the Game:  

Since 1995, Girls in the Game, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, has emerged as a leading girls’ health and fitness organization in Chicago. Every year, Girls in the Game empowers more than 3,600 girls to make healthier choices and develop the confidence and leadership skills they need to succeed on and off the field. At Girls in the Game every girl finds her voice, discovers her strength and leads with confidence through fun and active sports, health and leadership programs. We empower all girls to be gamechangers. Learn more at: www.girlsinthegame.org.

About Degree: 

Degree deodorants and antiperspirants are intelligently designed to work as hard as you do. We make it our business to know more about sweat, and what we learn informs every product innovation. As a brand designed for and dedicated to promoting movement, Degree® is working to combat sedentary habits by encouraging active, healthy lifestyles around the country. In the coming years, we’ll leverage a variety of partnerships and programs to continue this commitment to you. Learn more at www.degreedeodorant.com.

About Kevin Durant Charity Foundation:

The mission of the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation (KDCF) is to enrich the lives of at-risk youth from low-income backgrounds through educational, athletic and social programs. Since 2013, KDCF has developed direct programs and initiatives to support youth across the U.S., in Kevin Durant’s hometown with the launch of the College Track at the Durant Center, and internationally. Additionally, the foundation has allocated grants to support programs addressing homelessness, youth athletics, girls empowerment, social justice, and disaster relief.  Learn more at www.thirtyfiveventures.com/foundation.

About Laureus USA: 

Laureus USA is a non-profit, grant-making organization that works to improve the lives of youth and unite communities through the power of sport. Since 2012, we have impacted the lives of over one million youth by investing $19 million in sports-based youth development organizations around the country that unleash the power of sport to enhance physical and mental health, improve educational and employment outcomes, and address critical social justice issues. Laureus USA is a member of the global Laureus network, which includes 8 National Laureus Sport for Good Foundations, 1 Global Foundation, the Laureus World Sports Academy (and Ambassadors), and the Laureus World Sports Awards. Learn more about Sport for Good at www.LaureusUSA.com.