NEW YORK, NY and OVERLAND PARK, KS (May 17th, 2022) — GameChanger, a youth sports mobile app for video streaming, scheduling, communications, and live scorekeeping, today announced a multi-year partnership with Heartland Soccer, the largest youth soccer league and tournament host in the U.S. The partnership makes GameChanger, a DICK’S Sporting Goods company, the Official Scorekeeping, Stats, and Team Management Technology Partner of Heartland Soccer. Heartland Soccer coaches can use GameChanger to manage their team communication, score games, video stream matches for families, and keep stats in order to improve player development and performance.
In 2020, GameChanger released scorekeeping and live streaming capability for soccer and six additional sports. Since then, GameChanger has seen 300% growth in soccer games scored over the past year.
“Technology has made it much easier for youth coaches to organize their teams and stay up to speed on how their players are performing,” said Shane Hackett, Executive Director of Heartland Soccer. “GameChanger is at the forefront of innovation across youth sports and we’ve been impressed by how fast they’ve already been able to grow their app’s presence across soccer.”
Heartland Soccer reaches thousands of youth athletes and coaches a year and programs four world-class facilities: Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex (SOP), Compass Minerals Sporting Fields (CMSF), Swope Soccer Village (SSV), and Garmin Olathe Soccer Complex (GOSC). It hosts 15 soccer tournaments annually, many of which are ranked nationally in participation.
“We introduced streaming and scorekeeping capability for soccer under two years ago and it’s quickly become one of our fastest-growing sports,” said Dane Menten-Weil, Go-To-Market Lead at GameChanger. “Having already worked with DICK’S Sporting Goods, we knew Heartland Soccer would be a perfect partner fit for GameChanger. We want to leverage our technology to connect more families through soccer and Heartland Soccer will help us do exactly that.
Heartland Soccer joins a growing list of GameChanger partners that includes Point Guard College Basketball (PGC), Little League, USA Baseball, USA Softball, over 20 state athletic associations and more. GameChanger was also recently named to Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies of the Year list in the Sports Technology category and the company is nominated for a ‘Best in Sports Technology’ award at this year’s Sports Business Awards hosted by Sports Business Journal.
GameChanger empowers youth athletes, coaches, and families to stay connected through live streaming, scorekeeping, team management tools and developmental resources. Available on iOS, Android, and the web, GameChanger covers over four million games and over 550,000 teams a year. The app’s live streaming and team management technology is available for all youth sports, with deep stats and scorekeeping capability for baseball, softball and basketball. GameChanger is based in New York City and is owned and operated by DICK’S Sporting Goods.
About Heartland Soccer
Heartland Soccer is the largest soccer league and tournament host in the United States with more than 4,000 teams and 70,000 youth players participating in league and tournaments. Founded in 1977, Heartland Soccer Association continues to be a leader in youth soccer with operations at four world class soccer complexes: SCHEELS Overland Park Soccer Complex, GARMIN Olathe Soccer Complex, Swope Soccer Village and Compass Minerals Sporting Fields. For more information, visit www.heartlandsoccer.net.
Cameron Papp, Communications Manager
Heartland Soccer Association
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