The Sports Bra Project increases access to sports for women and girls by removing barriers to participation.
We provide sports bras to athletes who don’t have access to such a basic piece of equipment.
And you can help!
The Sports Bra Project has its roots in Africa, where founder Sarah Dwyer-Shick discovered that the small collection of sports bras she'd brought as gifts for young soccer players in rural Namibia were instead eagerly accepted by older players living near the capital city, Windhoek. Many members of the Namibian National Women's soccer team had never owned something as simple and essential as a sports bra. In her soccer-related travels, Sarah quickly learned the need isn't only in Namibia.
“To have the lack of something as simple as a sports bra be another potential barrier to sports participation struck me as ridiculous, and something that could be addressed.”
— Sarah dwyer-shick, FOUNDER
So now, through a growing network of female coaches and athletes who collect and distribute sports bras, The Sports Bra Project works to make participation in sports possible for all girls and women. To ensure that the equipment gets to its intended location, the project works with trusted partners in the U.S. and abroad. Sports Bras are hand-delivered by individuals and organizations when they travel overseas.
There has been significant growth in sports programming available to girls and women around the world. Yet certain barriers to participation too often remain unaddressed. Proper equipment is a simple -- and yet major -- obstacle. Without the support and coverage of a sports bra, essential for both comfort and cultural modesty, girls and women are often hesitant to participate. As a result, even the best run and well intentioned sports programs can be inaccessible. The Sports Bra Project aims to change that.
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Through a growing network of donors and recipient organizations around the world, The Sports Bra Project is making a difference in the lives of girls and women eager to join a sport. Around the country, individuals and organizations alike are donating sports bras or leading collection drives. Whether you're a recreational or highly competitive athlete, currently playing or retired, or the relative of an athlete, we hope you'll join us in our work to make sports more accessible to girls and women across the globe.
How you can help
The Sports Bra Project is designed to adapt to the resources and needs of interested individuals and organizations. Anyone can contact us and simply donate a new sports bra, or start a bra drive that can be organized by a team or group. We provide the flexibility needed for participants to decide how they want to run and scale their sports bra collection in the way that works best for them. If you are interested in running your own Sports Bra collection event, want to donate Sports Bras, or make a financial contribution, get in touch.