Connecting with the community is very important for military families. As military families, we go through tough stages and we need a support system we can count on.
Our children need that too. They need to be involved in activities outside of the house to better cope with separation like a deployment, field training, and long workdays. Getting them involved in sports is a healthy way to allow them the time they need to cope. Not only is getting your child involved in sports a great outlet, exposing them to sporting events that they are interested in also helps boost their morale and sense of belonging in the local community.
Autumn is already here and fall sports are underway (along with other year-round sports). With that being said, you’ll probably be looking for places to purchase your children’s athletic wear and gear at a reasonable cost. It is also a good time to attend sporting events in your area. Many companies appreciate the military community and offer their support by way of military discounts and specific military initiatives.
So, what are the top sports-related companies that offer military discounts and perks?
- Foot Locker: WEBSITE
Foot Locker sells sportswear and footwear. They offer 15% off to military families through online shopping and physical locations. For online shopping, they utilize SheerID to verify military affiliation.
- Eastbay: WEBSITE
Eastbay sells athletic footwear, apparel, and sports equipment. This is a great site to purchase a wide variety of sports equipment from catchers gear, football gloves, and soccer cleats, to speed and agility training equipment. Eastbay offers 15% off to military families through verification.
- Fanatics: WEBSITE
Fanatics is an online shop for sports apparel and fan gear of your favorite teams in the NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL along with your favorite college teams. Quality clothing, accessible to all sizes. Fanatics offers 15% off.
- Modell’s Sporting Goods: WEBSITE
This online shopping website offers all kinds of equipment for children in sports. Modell’s Sporting Goods offers 10% off to military and first responders. You will go through a verification process (online only!) then they will discount your online cart.
- Under Armour: WEBSITE
Under Armour offers a 10% military discount and uses ID.me to power their discount codes. The Under Armour brand is recognized for its quality gear and its variety of clothing and shoes.
- Vet Tix: WEBSITE
Vet Tix provides free tickets to events across the country which reduce stress, strengthen family bonds, build life-long memories and encourage service members and veterans to stay engaged with local communities and American life. There is only a small delivery fee when securing tickets. Vet Tix also uses ID.me to verify military affiliation.
- Pro Football Hall of Fame: WEBSITE
The Pro Football Hall of Fame is the official hall of fame for professional American football located in Canton, Ohio. Discounts are available for military members ($5 off), along with military spouses and dependent children ($3 off). Visit their website for more information.
All of these discounts are valid through their relative links. Also, it is recommended to check with your closest Morale, Welfare, and Recreation department on post/base regarding sports available for each age group and how to sign up for them. Military bases offer different activities according to the season to help military families enhance their quality of life.
Whether you choose to sign your children up for sports or attend local sporting events, getting out of the house and involved in an activity will help you and your children thrive in this lifestyle.