DALLAS - Mayor Eric Johnson on Monday unveiled the Mayor's Youth Sports Ticket Program, a partnership created to provide opportunities to the city's youth to attend - for free - area professional, collegiate, and amateur sporting events.
The program, facilitated by the Dallas Sports Commission, will allow Dallas residents between the ages of 12 and 17 to participate. The goal is to keep children safe and engaged and provide access to games for sports fans who might otherwise not be able to attend their hometown teams' events. The program is modeled on the Dallas Park and Recreation Department's successful Teen All Access Pass program, which the mayor has called a key to his Summer of Safety campaign.
The Mayor's Youth Ticket program will also provide an accompanying ticket for a chaperone to each sports experience to each youth ticket holder.
Partners of the program include the Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Sidekicks, Dallas Stars, Dallas Wings, FC Dallas, Fair Park First, SMU, Dallas Baptist University, University of Dallas, University of Texas at Dallas, and the Texas Motorplex in Ennis.
Individual sports events that will also be participating include the MEX Tour, World Food Championship, First Responder Bowl, and an opportunity to attend the NCAA Women's Final Four. New ticket partners will continue to be added as opportunities arise.
"I love Dallas sports," Mayor Johnson said. "They give us civic pride. They teach us life lessons. They inspire us. They let us dream of possibilities and greatness. They give our families something fun to do. And they give our children a way to stay safe and out of trouble.
"That is why I am thrilled to kick off this program that will give our families something fun to do while making our city safer and more vibrant."
The tickets are to be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, with limited availability. In addition to being between the ages of 12 and 17, all ticket recipients must live within the City of Dallas to participate.
Once the children sign up and are verified under eligibility guidelines, they will be contacted each time a unique sports opportunity with tickets is available.
"We're excited to help facilitate this new program to benefit the youth of our community," said Monica Paul, Executive Director of the Dallas Sports Commission. "One of our primary goals as an organization is to provide opportunity through sport to our community, and we're excited to extend those efforts through the Mayor's Youth Sports Ticket Program."
For teams, sports organizations, or events that want to take part in the Mayor's Youth Sports Ticket Program, please reach out to the Dallas Sports Commission at email@example.com.
Learn more and apply to the Mayor's Youth Sports Ticket Program here.