DALLAS - Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson unveiled a new program that will allow local teens to attend professional sporting events for free.
The Mayor’s Youth Sports Ticket Program gives Dallas residents between the ages of 12 and 17 up to two tickets per year. Those two tickets each come with an additional ticket for a chaperone.
Some partners of the program include the Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Stars, Dallas Wings and FC Dallas. Several local colleges such as SMU, UTD and DBU are also on the list.
The goal is to help provide opportunities for fans who might not otherwise have them and to keep the teens engaged and out of trouble on the streets.
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"I love Dallas sports. They give us civic pride. They teach us life lessons. They inspire us. They let us dream of possibilities and greatness. And they give our children a way to stay safe and out of trouble," Mayor Johnson said. "That is why I am thrilled to kick off this program that will give our families something fun to do while making our city safer and more vibrant."
In June, the city, Dallas Police and Dallas ISD partnered to provide activities and programs to not only help kids have fun, learn and build character, but to keep them safe and void trouble.
The program called the All Access Pass program, offers teens free tickets to the Dallas Zoo, Dallas Arboretum and other local attractions.
In order to get the sports tickets, a parent must first register their child on the sports commissions website.
The child must be between 12 and 17 years old and be a Dallas resident.
When you enter, all your information is put into a pool and your zip code will be verified.
"Each ticket will come with an additional ticket for a chaperone, so the parent can accompany their kids," said Mayor Johnson.
Tickets will also be available for the NCAA Women's Final Four in Dallas next year.
"Once they are eligible and verified, it will be a very fluid process, we will be able to unveil this week and as different dates and events become available they will have access to those tickets," said Monica Paul of the Dallas Sports Commission.
Former Dallas Stars goalie Marty Turco says programs like this can help grow the sport.
"This program means a lot for us, to diversity our fan base across the city and the country," he said.
Mavs legend Rolando Blackmon says it will go a long way when it comes to impacting young lives.
"What matters is that you feel included and with that inclusion, gives an opportunity to understand that you are valued," he said.
For more information or to register, visit https://www.dallassports.org/mayors-youth-ticket-program.html.