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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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Dream Big came through big time for our basketball program. Three girls who were running around with casual sneakers now have real basketball sneakers. It has made them feel more like athletes. Can't thank them enough!!!

3 Hatim J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

First and Foremost I can't express how blessed and grateful I am in to meet Linda Driscoll and the Dream Big staff. As a first year Cross Country Coach, once the weather started getting cold this past fall, I need to address proper running apparel for my girls team. Dream Big was the game changer, provided my girls the necessary apparel to compete and train in. In result 3 of my girls qualified for the State Meet and moved on to the North East Regional Meet in NYC on November 28, 2015. Below are excerpts of my girls sending thank you emails. In short my student's athlete's smile was all worth it. Dream Big made my job so easier and we went on to have a successful season


Thanks a lot dream big for the the sneakers, the duffel bag and the clothes. I got a lot of things that I needed for track. I got so excited when I heard that we where going to have free stuff for cross country. I thought I wasn't going to get enough but it turn out that I got all I needed. I had a lot of fun spending the rest of the day there. You guys are amazing. Again, Thank you

Tatty Pizzaro New Mission High School


I want to give the Linda & Molly a big thank you for letting me come and experience so many things I never experienced before it was an awesome day. A wonderful time. I want to say also that I think people should do this too more often, and these wonderful people are so nice they let us choose anything that you want they gave needed new shoes new tights new shorts new exercise bras and a new bag. I'm really blessed to have all these things and to meet all these new people because it shows that people are really nice and caring about females.

Team Captain Samantha Henderson New Mission Class 0f 2016

My experience going to Dream big organization was wonderful, it was exciting to receive help from an organization dedicated to helping girls in Boston. Dream Big supplied the girls team with sports gear that we needed to train with. I'm really grateful that the team and I had the opportunity to receive the things we needed to be successful in the sports we play.

Shaylin Chaney New Mission Class of 2018


Hi Dream Big, I was so excited and looking forward to get running gear that I needed for cross country, Indoor and Outdoor Track. Once I got to Big Dreams I was so glad and grateful to get all the gear I needed. I'm so in love with my new Nike pink sneakers that you guys gave me. Thank you for supporting me and every other girl that receive sports gear from you. I'm so blessed from this company for supporting girls in need ! Once again Thank you so much !!!

​Lucy Jean Baptiste New Mission Class of 2017

I would like to give BIG thanks to the amazing people we meet today at Dream Big. Thanks to them I got a duffel bag full of gear! I was excited walking over feeling lucky if I got a shirt or some spandex, I was overwhelmed and over joyed by the amount they had given us. We had to walk through the rain to get all the way there and were thinking, "is this really worth it?" And it was. Thank You SO much again for your kind donations.
I now feel more than ready for Indoor and Outdoor season.

Lila Hernandez O'bryant High School Class of 2017

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Dream Big! helped my girls volleyball team at a Title 1 school excel this year. We were able to complete funding for new volleyballs, game day socks, and kneepads with their assistance. Gone are the days that players had to share kneepads after games! The mission of Dream Big! is a very honorable one, and we cannot thank them enough for their contribution to our team.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot thank Dream Big enough for what they have done to our girls basketball program at the Ohrenberger School in West Roxbury. Linda Driscoll has gone above and beyond for my team over the past few years. She provided my girls with brand new uniforms and water bottles. When I gave the girls their uniforms for the first time, their eyes lit up and they were so excited for the next game to wear them and show them off. Not only were my girls positively impacted by this donation, but I, myself, was blessed to have begun this journey with such a wonderful and influential nonprofit such as Dream Big.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My Girls Soccer team received Cleats, Sports bras, and athletic Bags to use. This made a huge difference for the girls that did no have the money to buy cleats or sports bras to play soccer which was a huge barrier. The girls are very thankful for their help!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Dream Big! helped me as a first time coach get the equipment my girls needed who were coming from mostly low in-come homes and could not afford it themselves. These girls were able to play and feel good about themselves while doing so. As a team, all of the girls looked amazing on the field and that look, I think, boosted their confidence allowing them to play their best. Girls really care about how they look, and that does affect their performance. I think what Dream Big! did for our team was something that was so necessary. Dream Big! gave my team the opportunity to play soccer, feel good about themselves as young women, and understand that there are people in this world who do want to help.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

DreamBig! continues to impact more and more girls each year. Keeping girls active gives them the confidence to continue to do well in school, stay healthy, and become future leaders. Linda's heart is so big! She will stop at nothing to ensure that every girls' need is fulfilled. It has been an honor to be a part of such a great organization.

Previous Stories
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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with DreamBig! for 2 years and continue to be amazed at all the great work that the organization provides for young girls in the greater Boston area. Not only does providing this young, vulnerable, girls with the resources they need to participate in sports, it provides them with a feeling of worth and confidence to be successful in school and in life. DreamBig! always stays true to its mission of keeping underprivileged girls active in sports by supporting individual requests, team grants, and supplementing the needs of Boston Public Schools with equipment and facilities.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a teacher in an urban school, Dream Big! has stepped up to help make our physical education program a success. Linda and her team not only supported my classroom once, but twice. The kindness provided helped create great healthy habits in my students, a gift they now bring to their community!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

linda is amazing, and really made 40 teenage girls love life for a day! She went out of her way to make sure we had the resources we needed to attend cheerleading competition at Six Flags and took a lot of time out of her own schedule to talk with me and offer support. it's refreshing to find a group so dedicated to athleticism for young girls!

1 Christopher A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Dream Big instilled hope and provided my girls, The Lady Tigers, the necessary equipment to become a fully functioning softball team! Working with girls from the inner city (South Bronx) has been difficult and very challenging due to lack of sports funding. Dream Big was that miracle that gave my girls the opportunity to play. They are truly one of our greatest supporters and we are so fortunate that they were willing to support us!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dream big have done some great things for my little sister she went to some basket ball camps she had fun. She received new ball sneakers and basketball shorts, shirts, socks.Dream big have done some amazing things she saw her first bruins game. Thanks to them. Thanks for all you do dream big you make dreams come true for many.

1 Suzanne55

Donor

Rating: 5

Linda Driscoll created Dream Big!, a professional charity, that provides resources to hundreds of girls, brings awareness to the need for athletic supplies, support for middle and high school athletics, and the impact of team sports in their lives. Linda has earned the respect of each and every person she has encountered along the way.

Dream Big! is an organization that is guaranteed to succeed, and promises to surprise all with its deep reach into the community.

Be on the lookout for exciting fundraising events, this charity is never idle, and multiple stories from the girls Dream Big! has helped!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Linda and Dream Big were able to provide my scholar-athletes batting gloves, composite bats, pitching machine balls and practice softballs. We felt extremely fortunate and were able to parlay these items into a successful season. Our girls were very exited putting on their batting gloves and hearing the distinct crack of a their composite bat as they sprayed line drives all over softball field. Thank you Linda and Dream Big!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

As the Track & Field Coach at Boston Latin Academy, I can honestly say that Linda Driscoll and Dream Big! were instrumental in our team's success this past year. Forty female athletes received Asics Gel Lyte training shoes at the start of the season. Most of these athletes were training in casual canvas sneakers without support before this, and were unable to purchase a real running shoe on their own. Linda's organization made a significant difference in that it increased the athletes' confidence as well as performance over the course of the season. THANK YOU to both Linda Driscoll and DreamBig!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Linda Driscoll and Dream Big! helped me continue a girls high school hockey program by donating brand new goalie equipment! This will facilitate in the recruitment process of goalies in the future.
Thank you so much, Linda!!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Linda Driscoll and Dream Big! helped jump start Beyond Soccer, the organize I run in Lawrence, MA. In late 2010, we were in desperate need of equipment/supplies for our first girls travel soccer team, the Wolves. She quickly answered our call. Since her initial 2010 visit north (I still have the photo of Linda with the girls on my wall), Linda and Dream Big! have been supporting, encouraging and providing important mentoring and leadership opportunities for our middle and high school girls, most recently through the 4th Annual Leadership Conference at UMass Boston. Dream Big! has enabled us to reach so many deserving low-income girls through the sport of soccer. We would not be where we are today without partners like Dream Big! and visionaries with big hearts like Linda Driscoll.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Linda Driscoll reached out to our organization during the Women's Final Four that was held in Nashville, TN. Through a partnership with Dream Big foundation & the NCAA they were able to donate equipment to our organization that will help us achieve our goal of teaching young student athletes the game of basketball and life skills. Dream BIg provided Nashville Youth Basketball Association with many basketballs, ball racks, coolers, water bottles, and more! The contribution was a great boost to our program and is utilized daily. Dream Big was even able to provide about 10 young female athletes with tickets to the NCAA Women's Championship game, which I am sure will be something they remember the rest of their lives.

3 Mitchell N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I coach high school track with students that have low income households. Linda Driscoll and dream big allowed our students to compete with everyone else. They provided us with the opportunity to succeed in a situation where our students would have failed in the past. With your help out girls finished #2 in the city of boston, the highest finish in school history. Thank you Dream Big

2 Beantown J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Linda Driscoll and Dream Big have been fabulous to Beantown Jumpers Double Dutch team. The support has been so helpful . Linda has generously offered to help with buying uniforms and equipment for our teams. We were offered support to pay for the registration fees for the World tournament in South Carolina last year. It is wonderful to have this support. We are very grateful.

We have Dream Big t-shirts with our Team name on them. The girls and I wear them proudly when we perform at various venues. We recently performed at the DB Annual Gala at Fenway Park. We have performed at this event each year. It has been a great place to feature our team. We are reenergized by the crowd and their positive affirmations for us. Thank you for giving us this opportunity.

Thank you so much Linda for making us feel very special and for putting Girls First!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I joined Dream Big! first as the Board President and have continued my service as a member of the board. This organization is unique in many ways, however one of the driving forces of Dream Big! is that it is led by those who believe and represent the mission and vision of dreaming bigger for a brighter future. I've been a part of other organizations in the past that had some elements of Dream Big! but I love that they offer NEW sports equipment to those girls in need. I remember when I was a young athlete and one of my favorite memories was going to the store with my dad to pick out new cleats for my soccer season. Not everyone has the means or are as fortunate to have brand new sports equipment, or even any type of equipment. And there is absolutely no reason why a child should be told they can not participate in sports because of where they come from, or because a parent has to choose to put dinner on the table for their family instead of buying a basketball. Dream Big! provides opportunities where they did not exist previously. And it's these opportunities that allow young girls to continue to Dream Big for themselves.