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2014 Sochi winter games

If you are a big Olympic Games fan like I am, has your Christmas gift list covered already! Not only can you get the collector pins (I just LOVE the Nesting Dolls pin), but they already have quite a selection of the Team USA fan gear and they are adding sport specific items regularly, too. Most of the items are available in youth and ladies sizes so you can find the perfect gift for the sports girl on your list! Some of my favorites are: is offering FREE Shipping on orders of $50 or more through the end of December, too! 

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Dick's Sporting Goods Giveaway


UPDATED with a WINNER! Congratulations Madison, check your inbox.


I don’t know about you, but I am doing the last minute scramble to get the kids everything they need to go back to school before September 3. My shopping list includes 3 backpacks, 3 pair of running shoes, shorts and t-shirts for PE class, Soffe shorts and compression shorts for my cheerleader, sports bras and hoodies! YIKES!! It’s a good thing we have a Dick’s Sporting Goods store close by. I know I can get everything on my list in the brands and color combinations my kids love but at prices that my budget can handle.

With three kids who all have different backpack needs, Dick’s Sporting Goods Backpack Selector is a wonderful tool to help us make sure each of the kids gets the backpack that will best suit their needs and their space issues, too. My two high school aged kids have sports right after school so they need a backpack with compartments so they can take uniforms or practice gear in addition to their books, where as my youngest daughter is going into middle school and the lockers are very narrow. The Backpack Selector is definitely going to come in handy!

And of course, two of my three kids have outgrown their tennis shoes from last year – the holes in the toe of the shoe is a big tip off. Dick’s has a huge selection of athletic shoes in every price range! My son will need a performance running shoe and since his foot is done growing, I don’t mind paying the price for quality. My 11 year old is still growing like a weed and I doubt that the shoes I buy her today will still fit by Christmas, so I am happy that Dick’s Sporting Goods has basic shoes on clearance, too!

While I could go on and on about my back to school shopping needs, let’s get to the good stuff!  I have teamed up with Dick’s Sporting Goods to help YOU outfit your athletes for a stylish, comfortable and performance worthy return to school. We are giving ONE lucky reader a $25 gift card to Dick’s Sporting Goods.

What we are giving away:

  • One $25 gift certificate for an online purchase at Dick’s Sporting Goods (Note: Exclusions apply. $25 off, no minimum. Code must be entered in the cart. Valid through 9/30/2013. Code can only be used once. If the full $25 is not used during that purchase the remainder of the balance is lost. )

How To Enter

  • Simply leave your response to the following questions in the comments on THIS site:  What fall sport(s) essentials are on your back to school shopping list?
  • Get bonus entries by letting your friends know about our giveaway. Get one extra entry for each of the following:
    • Post about it on your own blog, in a forum or share it with your friends on Facebook
    • Follow us on Twitter (we are @SportsGirlsPlay)
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  • Come back and leave a second comment telling us where you shared it.


  • Leave your comment(s) no later than midnight August 30, 2013.
  • You must use your first name and email address in the comment form below.  If you don’t we can’t contact in the event that you win.
  • We will be using AndTheWinnerIs to select one (1) winner at random.

Disclosure: I received a prize of equal value to facilitate my post, however, all opinions are my own.

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Demmianne Cook, Team STX

Baltimore, MD – Baltimore-based STX, LLC, a global sporting goods leader, announced today that it has signed 2013 Tewaaraton nominee Demmianne Cook to Team STX, the first-ever elite post collegiate women’s lacrosse team.

The former Seawolves midfielder was Stony Brook’s first ever Tewaaraton nominee. In her two seasons at Stony Brook, Cook led the team to win its very first NCAA tournament game and to its winningest season. The Nesconset, NY native played two seasons at Adelphi University before transferring to Stony Brook where she holds the school record for single season goals and single season draw controls. One of the nation’s best two-way players, Cook was named All American First Team, All-Region America East Player of the Year and America East All-Tournament Team.

“Coming off Team STX’s championship win at the Vail Shootout, Demmianne adds another level of excitement to the team, ” said Carrie Gamper, Assistant Brand Manager at STX. “Demmianne is an outstanding athlete and leader on the field and will be joining some of the best players in women’s lacrosse.”

Cook joins team captain Josie Owen, Grace Gavin, Maggie Tamasitis, Julie Gardner, Clayton Crum, Mary Flowers, Cacki Helmer, Dana Cahill, Brittany Brigandi, Lillie Lingo, Lauren Benner, Kitty Cullen, Sam Farrell, Taylor Thornton, Alyssa Kildare and Lauren Schmidt on Team STX.

Team STX looks to change the landscape of post-collegiate women’s lacrosse, giving players the opportunity to compete at the highest levels of the women’s lacrosse circuit. In addition, Team STX will contribute to the company’s grassroots efforts to expand the reach of the game.

In the team’s first appearance at the Vail Shootout, Team STX dominated the women’s elite division, winning the elite championship game 13-3.

To find out more about Team STX athletes please visit and follow STX women’s lacrosse on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About STX:

Print STX is a global sporting goods leader in the sports of lacrosse, field hockey and golf. With its 1970 introduction of the first synthetic lacrosse head, STX ushered in the “modern era” of what is now the fastest growing team sport. Based in Baltimore, the home of lacrosse, STX has been universally recognized for innovation in product design and development. STX continues to strive for new performance standards in sporting goods equipment at the highest levels of competition. For more information, visit

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