Good Sports, Inc.

Play for All

Braintree, MA   |
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Good Sports, Inc.

EIN: 75-3138664


drives equitable access in youth sports and physical activity, by supporting children in high-need communities to achieve their greatest potential, on the field and in life.

Ruling year info


Chief Executive Officer

Melissa Harper


Christy Keswick

Main address

1515 Washington Street Suite 300

Braintree, MA 02184 USA

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Subject area info

Community and economic development

Sports and recreation

Youth development

Population served info

Children and youth

Low-income people

NTEE code info

Other Recreation, Sports, or Leisure Activities N.E.C. (N99)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Over five million children across the country are without access to proper equipment to participate in regular sports and fitness activities. Only one in three children are physically active everyday, according to Fitness.Gov. Sports and physical activities help youth to create lifelong healthy habits, as well as introduce them to real life social situations and build upon their sensory development. The biggest barriers to consistent play are the rising costs of sports and fitness equipment, barring many children from being active early on in their developmental years. Good Sports, with the help of our partners, is working to eliminate those barriers and give all kids the chance to experience the lifelong benefits of sport.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Good Sports, Inc. Programs

Good Sports exists because children in need are missing a key developmental opportunity: the chance to be active and play sports. Limited program budgets and high pay-to-play costs create significant financial barriers for children in need. Active play is essential for a childs physical, cognitive, social and emotional development.

This is a problem that can be solved and Good Sports plays a key role in the solution. By leveraging key relationships within the sporting goods industry, Good Sports provides brand-new equipment, apparel and footwear to youth organizations in high-need communities. Starting with a donation of 500 basketballs in 2003, Good Sports has now distributed $100 million in equipment across the country to increase access to play for nine million children in need. As the cost of play continues to rise, we are committed to giving every child equal opportunity to play and experience the lifelong benefits of being active.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Low-income people

Where we work


Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance 2017

Charity Navigator 4 Star Charity 2017

S&I 100 2017

Charity Navigator 4 Star Charity 2018

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance Accreditation 2018

Charity Navigator 4 Star Charity 2019

Charity Navigator 4 Star Charity 2020

Charity Navigator 4 Star Charity 2021

Charity Navigator 4 Star Charity 2022

Charity Navigator 4 Star Charity 2023


Robert W. Crawford Achievement Prize 2010

National Recreation Foundation

Project Play Champion 2019

Aspen Institute

.ORG Impact Award 2021

Public Internet Registry

Game Changer Award for Melissa Harper (Co-Founder & CEO) 2023

Sports Business Journal

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of youth who demonstrate that they have developed skills and attitudes to make physical activity a habit

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success


Context Notes

To date, Good Sports has served nearly 10 million children in need across the United States.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Create accessibility, equity, and equality in youth sports and physical activity. Through distribution of brand new sports equipment, our goal is to help youth programs gear up and engage the children in their community. By doing so, financial burdens are lightened in these programs so they can offer scholarships to include more kids. Sometimes, they are able to eliminate the cost to play completely. Through the donation of gear, Good Sports aims to help close the gap where many children are barred from sport simply because of the cost.

Good Sports accomplishes our goals by partnering with foundations and companies that share our mission of giving all kids the lifelong benefits of sport and physical activity through providing new equipment, apparel and footwear to those most in need. In addition to financial backing in the form of grants, sponsorships, and individual donations, Good Sports leverages our relationships with many industry leaders in sports equipment manufacturing in order to acquire brand-new donated or deeply discounted sports equipment. Good Sports then utilizes our tested due-diligence process to vet organizations in order to ensure that our donations are going to high-quality programs in order to reach the highest number of youth in need. Once an organization has been approved, they are eligible to receive three donations over the course of two years, which are packed and shipped from our own warehouse.

Good Sports utilizes capabilities across multiple areas of operation to accomplish our goals. In order to secure requisite funding, Good Sports has the capability to raise both directed funding for specific programs or initiatives from foundations and corporation sources. We also raise unrestricted funds through our major annual fundraising events, including virtual events. On the community outreach front, we have a skilled team of program assistants who work to identify qualified recipient organizations and then continue to support them from approval through the duration of their two-year relationship with Good Sports. Finally, in executing the logistics of successful donations, Good Sports utilizes our distribution expertise, operating from our own warehouse space to store athletic equipment and pick, pack, and ship donations to recipient schools and organizations nationally.

Good Sports began in 2003 with a small donation of 500 basketballs made to a few local Boston organizations. Since then, Good Sports has grown to provide over $60 million in brand-new athletic equipment to approximately 4,200 organizations serving underprivileged youth in all 50 states, impacting more than eight million children. Good Sports is continually seeking ways to reach new populations of youth in need.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive, We have a Program Advisory Board made up of community leaders from programs we donate equipment to.

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3.67 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 1.8 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 18% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Good Sports, Inc.

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Good Sports, Inc.’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$75,925 -$40,257 -$196,871 $875,980 $744,287
As % of expenses -0.4% -0.2% -1.7% 5.1% 4.8%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$89,863 -$57,158 -$222,212 $850,461 $715,783
As % of expenses -0.5% -0.3% -2.0% 4.9% 4.6%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $15,301,553 $12,620,926 $15,782,713 $17,640,081 $10,818,196
Total revenue, % change over prior year -35.0% -17.5% 25.1% 11.8% -38.7%
Program services revenue 1.9% 2.8% 1.1% 1.4% 1.3%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 3.7%
All other grants and contributions 94.3% 82.2% 96.1% 98.4% 95.0%
Other revenue 3.8% 15.0% 2.8% 0.1% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $17,834,790 $16,650,815 $11,362,967 $17,234,722 $15,611,084
Total expenses, % change over prior year 71.7% -6.6% -31.8% 51.7% -9.4%
Personnel 11.5% 13.7% 17.6% 13.2% 16.8%
Professional fees 0.2% 0.3% 0.5% 0.6% 0.6%
Occupancy 0.5% 0.3% 1.1% 0.7% 0.8%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 83.5% 80.8% 75.1% 81.4% 75.5%
All other expenses 4.2% 4.9% 5.6% 4.0% 6.3%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $17,848,728 $16,667,716 $11,388,308 $17,260,241 $15,639,588
One month of savings $1,486,233 $1,387,568 $946,914 $1,436,227 $1,300,924
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $85,352 $398,738
Fixed asset additions $16,794 $84,562 $0 $49,546 $55,405
Total full costs (estimated) $19,351,755 $18,139,846 $12,335,222 $18,831,366 $17,394,655

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 0.8 0.7 2.4 2.6 2.3
Months of cash and investments 0.8 0.7 2.4 2.6 2.3
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 0.3 0.3 0.2 0.7 1.3
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $1,221,333 $1,025,340 $2,235,215 $3,667,961 $3,040,439
Investments $8,637 $9,735 $9,735 $10,002 $8,655
Receivables $616,076 $726,721 $769,660 $201,920 $297,856
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $140,317 $224,879 $225,786 $275,332 $330,737
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 65.3% 48.2% 59.3% 57.9% 56.8%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 2.2% 3.5% 7.6% 8.3% 16.7%
Unrestricted net assets $522,295 $465,137 $242,925 $1,093,386 $1,809,169
Temporarily restricted net assets $13,562,118 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $13,562,118 $9,572,486 $14,189,103 $13,319,887 $7,932,748
Total net assets $14,084,413 $10,037,623 $14,432,028 $14,413,273 $9,741,917

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Chief Executive Officer

Melissa Harper

Melissa Harper has been the Chief Executive Officer of Good Sports, Inc. since it was founded in 2003. During that time Good Sports has grown from distributing equipment to impact 2,500 kids to nearly 10 million today. In addition to roles in nonprofit fundraising and consulting, she also spent nearly 5 years in the management consulting business with Gemini Consulting and Treacy & Company. Melissa is a lifelong athlete participating in team sports and marathons as well as backyard games with her four children.


Christy Keswick

Christy Keswick has been the Chief Operating Officer of Good Sports since it was founded in 2003. She is responsible for organizational strategy, business development, partner management and marketing and PR for Good Sports. Prior to joining Good Sports, Christy worked as a management consultant helping companies facing various strategic and operational issues across many industries in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Christy enjoys photography, traveling (like it is a competitive sport) and spending time with her husband and their son . Christy is a graduate of Georgetown University (Go Hoyas!!) and currently resides in Milton, MA.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Good Sports, Inc.

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Highest paid employees

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Board of directors
as of 02/09/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Samuel Schaefer

Trammell Crow Company

Term: 2022 -

Melissa Harper

Good Sports

Rick Charron


Anna Hitchner

Bain & Company

Sam Schaefer

Trammel Crow Company

Jenifer Hartnett-Bullen

State Street

Kelly Begg Lawrence

United States Attorney's Office

Kent Weldon

Thomas H Lee Partners, LP

Michael Affronti


Robin Bose


Rachel Condelli


Rahul Kapur

ZRG Partners, LLC

Bridget Rice

Canon Solutions

Mike Balkin

Foresight Acquisition Corporation

Marty Blue

Boston Consulting Group

Patricia Cho


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Superior Group of Companies

Richard Harris

Northeastern University

Jon Perham

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Sean Wilder

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Jessica Aidlen, MD, FAAOS

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Joel Hughes

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Andrew Laurence

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/9/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data


No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/03/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
There are no contractors recorded for this organization.

Professional fundraisers

Fiscal year ending

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 Schedule G

Solicitation activities
Gross receipts from fundraising
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