February 20, 2020
 
Donation of Warehouse Space Fuels Growth for Dream Big!

January 17, 2020 — Dream Big!, a nonprofit based in Newton that provides equipment and program fees to low-income girls and young women, enabling them to participate in sports and physical activities, this week announced the expansion of warehouse space donated by a local real estate company that increases its ability to meet its mission.

Dream Big! said the donation provided by Northland Investment Corporation increased its warehouse space to 2,652 square. Dream Big! has been renting office and warehouse space from Northland since 2013.

The expanded space will enable Dream Big! to accept large-scale donations of sports equipment, sports attire, and athletic footwear from sponsors in the sporting goods industry and donations from corporate equipment drives held by local companies, including more than $200,000 worth of recently donated sports attire and equipment the organization has been distributing to female student athletes.

In addition to accommodating a larger inventory of sports equipment and attire, the warehouse will provide a venue where coaches can bring their athletes to try on athletic clothing and select equipment.

Linda M. Driscoll, founder, president, and CEO of Dream Big!, said, “Northland’s generous contribution comes at an especially significant time. The donated warehouse space allows us to accept more donations of sports equipment and sports attire than ever before as we seek to meet the increasing demand and deepen our impact now that we are celebrating our 10th anniversary. We are deeply grateful to Northland for this meaningful gift.”

Noted Northland Chief Operating Officer Suzanne Abair, “Northland is proud to support Dream Big!! in its mission to empower young female athletes from underserved communities. We believe in community investment in all its forms and are thrilled to offer this warehouse space to Dream Big! so they can expand their reach and make a positive difference in the lives of even more girls and young women.”

Since its launch in 2010, Dream Big! programs have impacted 45,000 girls and young women through grants of new sports equipment and attire, athletic footwear, program and training fees, and the annual Dream Big! Leadership Conferences for middle and high school female athletes in urban communities.

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