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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Youth Development Programs

Mission: The mission of Dream Big! is to help girls from low-income situations achieve their dreams by providing them with the basic items and fees needed to enable them to participate in sports and physical activities that contribute to their health, education and overall well-being..

Results: Dream Big! Equipment Grants, Program Scholarships, Leadership Conferences and Sports Clinics have had a direct impact on over 30,000 girls in-need Since 2010.

Target demographics: girls from low-income situations get the necessary items and fees needed for them to participate in sports and physical activities that contribute to their health, education and overall well-being.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 6000 girls and young women from low-income situations.

Geographic areas served: Massachusetts

Programs: Dream Big! Equipment Grants Dream Big! Program Scholarships Dream Big! Leadership Conference "Dream Big! Empowering Big Dreamers" All Star Student Athlete Program

Community Stories

56 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Dream big played an enormous role in helping us obtain cardiovascular equipment.. Without their generosity our goals would not have been accomplished.... thank you dream big... you are a first class operation, full of great people ...

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Dream Big is literally a season saver, and without them the TechBoston Bears would not have a home volleyball court.

In 2013, Dream Big rewarded TechBoston with $10,000 worth of work that went into the TechBoston Academy gymnasium, including the addition of a new net system, the installation of a referee stand, and the addition of pole sleeves.

The generosity of Dream Big cannot be understated; as they have allowed TechBoston to give these young ladies professional equipment to practice and play games with. They have been a huge supporter of all of our athletic programs, and we as a school and community are lucky to have them as partners.

Continuous donations of practice balls, knee pads, and more has allowed all girls to play volleyball when not all of the students have the means to purchase equipment necessary to play the game. Dream Big has done more than just help TechBoston; they have changed the way our student athletes look at themselves.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hello,

My name is Krystal 'Tru' Edwards I am a graduate of Union College class of 2017!
I want to personally thank the Dream Big organization for supporting me on my journey through college. I struggled with managing my money. College is expensive, affording books, printing etc. The help that Dream Big provided me is what pushed me through college. Of course I can not for get the amazing sports gear that this organization provided for me. Please continue to support women in sports throughout the country and from all backgrounds. You're making a huge difference and the impact is blossoming. Thank you so much for all of the support for myself but more importantly for the generation of strong women who are coming after me.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Linda Driscoll and The Dream Big nonprofit have made the Boston Latin Academy Girls' Indoor & Outdoor Track Teams incredibly successful through their consistent support. My athletes have received training shoes, racing spikes, and training gear over the past years. For the majority of these girls, this equipment has not only made their participation possible, but I've seen how this has instilled confidence and enthusiasm in their character.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We have been so fortunate to have had lacrosse projects funded thanks to the generosity of Dream Big! The support that Dream Big! has given has helped provide sticks, balls, cones, pinnies, and nets to allow over 100 girls (so far!) in the city of Malden the opportunity to learn and advance their skills in the sport of lacrosse. Many of these girls haven't played sports in the past, or haven't found a sport that has interested them. It's great to fill that void and give these young girls confidence and excitement about a team sport and physical activity.
I'm currently running a clinic that has brought in many new faces, but also several repeat participants. The Malden High School Girls Lacrosse team will start to see the benefits of this outreach and growth of the game in our city next season. The high school girls also get to give back to the community through volunteering at these clinics.
I am lucky to be able to reach so many children in the community through teaching and coaching and as a high school coach, I've wanted to grow the game of lacrosse to younger students. Dream Big! has helped make this possible and made a big impact on the girls of Malden.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

There is not enough space in this box to even begin to share the stories about the impact The Dream Big Foundation has had on our student-athletes, families, staff and our Boston Showstoppers organization as a whole.

Dream Big is helping to positively affect the climate and conversation around erradicating the financial barriers keeping girls out the "game" Barriers that are disproportionately effecting Black, Brown and other girls of color.

Dream Big is helping to increase the importance placed on girls athletics and directly impacting the participation of girls (and women) in sports especially in Boston, across the the commonwealth and throughout the country and globe.

We are Dream Big's biggest advocates because they're definitely the Biggest champions behind ensuring we are able to continue to "Change The Way The World Sees Itself, One ShOWSTOPPER at a Time"

Boston Love,

Courtney Leonard
COO|Coach

Boston Showstoppers Girls Academic & Athletic Enrichment Program

#BostonShowstopperFamily

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Dream Big! has a real impact on under-served girls in East Boston and surrounding communities. Over the past several years, Dream Big! has donated soccer equipment to girls participating in Soccer Without Borders, many of whom are participating on their first ever sports team. The donations of soccer uniforms, shin guards, cleats, and socks not only make it possible for the girls to compete in their soccer league, but also inspire a sense of pride and make them feel like valued participants in our program. Dream Big! is a tremendous asset to Soccer Without Borders, helping us realize our mission of overcoming barriers to participation in sports for under-served youth, especially for girls.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Dream Big! has been a wonderful, generous and thoughtful supporter of Soccer Without Borders Boston for years. At major milestones of our girls' program, the first time our middle school girls team played in a formal league (2014) and then the launch of a high school girls team (2017), Dream Big! has been there to provide uniforms for our female participants as they took the field for the first time. These uniforms, screen-printed with the program's logo, provide the girls with pride and confidence as they step onto the field, representing themselves, their families and their communities. Girls in SWB Boston are first-time athletes from newcomer households in East Boston. Playing their first ever games in these uniform sets makes the girls excited to reach these new milestones. The Dream Big! team, particularly Linda, is always a pleasure to work with- committed to getting girls in the game and to authentically supporting local programs.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We have so many wonderful pictures to share of the gifts of equipment we've received. This net was such a valuable addition to our team We do not have the facility to host our practices and we often practice in the parking lot because we have 1 gym we share w the baseball team and the basketball team.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Dream Big is amazing. Through this non-profit and through private donors, I was able to acquire new softball equipment for my team. Previously, we were using old and damaged equipment, which did not give the girls any protection. Additionally, there was very little pride when wearing the faulty and old equipment. My players are now walking out onto the field with pride. I have had a shift in focus and intent, since receiving the equipment. My team experienced their first win of the season, just yesterday and the girls were so excited! Thank you for supporting my cause and for having such an amazing organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a student Athlete a part of Dream Big! Being a part of dream big has been one of the best experiences. For starters Dream Big! is always there for me. When I am in need of attire to play sports Dream Big! provides me with the equipment I need. Not only has Dream Big! provided my team and I with attire Dream Big! also provided my team with program scholarships to be able to participate in college showcases giving kids from the city a chance to perform in front of college coaches. The program also helped me personally by awarding me with a scholarship for college and an SAT class. This program works to help so many young girls and I can truly say I was impacted by Dream Big!

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Client Served

Rating: 4

The Rope Burners Double Dutch team serves girls from low income families that live Boston. The girls learn how to jump, compete , and the importance of teamwork. Thanks to Dream Big has provided us with uniforms, sneakers,travel bags and ropes. I don't know where or team would be. Thanks Dream Big !
Angela Francis
Head Coach
Rope Burners

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I work for The Boston International High School, we service a community in which 80% of our students are from lower income homes almost 100% percent of our students are new migrants ranging from five years to literally one residence in the US. Dream Big was able to assist our ladies softball team buying gloves, balls and batting weights all of which my students could not afford our simply would not be allowed to buy due to cultural values from within their homes. Thank You DREAM BIG, you make dreams a reality.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been working with Dream Big for two years. They have been absolutely essential in providing my girls with what they need. We have been given socks, softballs, gloves, sport bras - all more than my most of my students' families would be able to easily get on their own. As a coach I am happy to help my girls in this way and Dream Big has been great to work with. Thanks!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dream Big! does wonderful work, and in particular reaches girls across Boston with their leadership programs, showing them opportunities through sport.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Linda at Dream Big is amazing. If it were not for Dream Big my girls on the softball team would not have enough gloves or helmets to play this year. Dream Big's dedication to serving the inner city schools here in Boston is an absolute necessity. Dream Big gives young women a chance to join a team and learn how truly valuable sport's are in shaping a young person's life. Some of my biggest life lessons were learned through sports and my coaches. It is truly an honor to be able to pass down my experiences with my players. I went to pick up some equipment from Linda in the beginning of the season and when I got there we noticed some of the equipment would not fit and immediately Linda jumped in the car and brought me to a local sporting goods store and purchased what I needed. If you want to help less fortunate young women this is the charity to donate to.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Dream Big has been a tremendous asset to the Boston Community, In particular young girls in one of the most underserved towns, Roxbury. Over the past year Dream Big has made it possible for organization such as MYCW, to get young girls off the sideline and into the game. Young women are beginning to build self confidence through participation in athletic activities, and being exposed to positive women who serve as mentors. We all know that participating in sports, when done right, helps develop character, leadership skills, and resiliency. Because of Dream Big, young women around Boston are getting the opportunity to develop those skills. Thank You Dream Big!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Dream big has helped me with multiple projects the past two years. They have been nothing short of life saving. Their ability to change the fortunes of these young ladies lives is extraodanary. We have run multiple all girls basketball clinics where dream big has provided shirts,equipment, and anything else that we needed. They also helped my track and field team with cleats, water bottles, shorts and sports bras. Class act organization. We were truly blessed to have dream big in our lives.
Mitch
Director/founder of herc42skills

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dream Big has always been very support of student athletes. Linda Driscoll is a very active and visible participant within the Boston Showstoppers events. All of the kids love her.

Thanks Dream Big! You make real dreams reality.

-Natasha L.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Dream Big! made it possible for our team to have a regulation volleyball system/net. We were often cited for the condition of our old net and not allowed to play in our home gym. We are able to meet state requirements and play in front of our student body and family! The girls were elated about the donation as was I! We are more than greatly appreciative!