In an effort to empower girls from economically disadvantaged communities through sports, Linda Driscoll, a non-profit and sports management professional for the past 27 years, launched Dream Big! a 501(c)3 charitable organization, in Massachusetts in 2010. The goal of Dream Big! is to help to break down the economic barrier that prevents girls from low-income and homeless situations from participating in sports and physical activities by providing them with the equipment, athletic footwear, sports attire, program fees, training expenses, uniforms and supplies that they need to participate in sports and physical activities that contribute to their health, education and overall well-being.
In just six years Dream Big! has had a direct impact on over 20,000 girls in need, from hundreds of different community based sports organizations and public schools, through equipment donations, program scholarships, sports clinics and the annual Dream Big! Leadership Conferences for female student athletes from urban communities.
Prior to founding Dream Big! Linda has held a number of senior non-profit positions including Senior Director of Area Operations for the American Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay, Community Relations Director for the Women’s Sports Foundation GoGirlGo! Boston; Executive Director for the Massachusetts Amateur Sports Foundation – organizers of the Bay State Games; Director of Sports Management and Program Development for Massachusetts Special Olympics; and a Sports Management Consultant for Special Olympics International in South Africa and Unified Sports Internationally. Linda has also been active in many community organizations and has served as the Past President of the Board of Directors for the New England Women’s Fund and a past member of the NCAA Boston Local Organizing Committee, where she served as the Special Events and Hospitality Chair for the Women’s Final Four in Boston in 2006.
Linda’s leadership at Dream Big! has been recognized by the Oprah Winfrey Show and she is the recipient of the 2010 New Initiatives Activating Confidence Award presented by the Women's Sports Foundation GoGirlGo! Boston and Boston Sports Woman; the 2011 Women's Initiative Live United Award presented by United Way of Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley and in 2012 Dream Big! was honored by Boston Magazine as one of ten "Best Businesses" in Boston. In 2014 Linda was also honored as an Exceptional Women by Magic 106.7, was one of four honorees at the Youth Villages Exceptional Women Breakfast and in 2015 she received The Ad Club ADmiration Award presented by John Hancock.
The Mission of Dream Big! is to help girls from low-income situations achieve their dreams by providing them with the basic items and fees necessary to enable them to participate in sports and physical activities that contribute to their health, education and overall well-being. www.dream-big.org
Linda is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst and her favorite sports are basketball, field hockey & boogie boarding.