Creating a Transformative Community Partnership

A "Big Idea" Case Study

Moving from an Idea to Change-in-Action

Outside Angle worked shoulder to shoulder with the DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation to hone their vision, assess feasability, and do the work to create a deep community partnership in McKeesport, PA. 

The Challenge

The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation wanted to take their social impact strategy to the next level with an authentic and lasting school partnership. With this big idea in mind, the questions of what, how and where began to present themselves.

Our Response

The first step to answer these questions was a rigorous feasibility analysis of the regional landscape and translation of general ideas into specific pillars of an ideal community partnership and school model. We facilitated a collaborative process that engaged multiple stakeholder groups to envision a new school design focused on developing healthy minds, healthy bodies, and healthy relationships. At the same time, we identified and addressed quick wins to catalyze momentum and build trust.

Where They Are Now

After a year-long design process, the new school opened in August 2022, complete with building renovations, added school staff, and new programming focused on healthy and active lifestyles and wrap-around supports for students and families. Now, the foundation and district are working together to create even more opportunities to support students districtwide.


"We have felt supported in every way possible, and our partnership with Outside Angle has been nothing short of amazing. Not only have they guided us through the process with their incredible roadmap, their team has also been there with us at every step of the way from summer camp to school design to community engagement."
Aimee Watters
Executive Director, The DICK'S Sporting Goods Foundation

Moving from Big Idea to Transformational Change in Action

Learn more about how the DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation wanted to take their social impact strategy to the next level with Outside Angle and how we’ve found success.