Two weeks ago, in an effort to get healthier at lunch, the Palmer Panthers had their first lunchroom challenge! For one week, teachers tallied the junk food items students brought in their lunches. The winner would be the class that brought the fewest junk foods to lunch.
This sparked new enthusiasm with the kids to try to leave the chips and candy at home and bring apples and carrots instead. The two classrooms that had the lowest score won a chance to go to a UIC men’s basketball game vs. the Northwestern Wildcats! Needless to say competition got serious.
Urban Initiatives Team Captains have a reputation for dedication and enthusiasm when it comes to soccer and leadership. They proved that reputation true again on Saturday, November 2nd, when Team Captains from Urban Initiatives schools around Chicago gathered at Otis Elementary School for a day full of leadership training through fun and challenging games and conversations.
Gabriel Diaz is the REC Coordinator at Louis Pasteur Elementary in West Elsdon. Gabe also coached flag football this fall, and will coach basketball during the winter season. Gabe played high school basketball at Kennedy, where he averaged 14 points per game his senior year. At Urban Initiatives, we often focus on the big problems of our city: violence, health problems, and academic trouble. It's easy to forget the victories we have, and will have in the future. Below is Coach Gabe's reflection on coaching flag football this fall. It should help us remember.
Urban Initiatives had an awesome turn out for the Junior Board hosted Annual Halloween Bash at ESTATE Ultra Bar on Friday, October 25th.
The 2013 Work to Play fall season saw a record number of boys and girls sharply dressed in their brand new Nike jerseys, shorts, socks and shin guards kick the soccer ball all around Chicago. 821 soccer players from our 26 partner schools wrapped up our strongest ever Work to Play season this past week.
This Fall, Nobel school participated in the CPS soccer league for the first time ever, and had such success that they will be competing in the city-wide finals this weekend. Nobel has never had a soccer team for the middle school before, but the demand is very high, so when Coach Veronica became the REC Coordinator there this fall, she decided to lead the team.
Team Nobel was undefeated in their regular season, and won a tight game against Cameron Elementary to advance to the city-wide finals.
Several of the players participated in the Work to Play program when they were younger, and some still particiapte as Team Captains.
Urban Initiatives is SO PROUD of Coach Veronica and Team Nobel!
Attucks, Reavis and Tarkington recieved a special visit from some great volunteers from Bank of America at this past Friday's Game Day.
Last week, a news team from ABC came to Daley Elementary to show the great work Urban Initiatives is doing for the school community.
Check out the whole story here.
Our dedicated supporters at Storck hosted Daley, Biedler and Jenner at the Chicago Indoor Sports Center for a special Wednesday night game day.
Students and families from Jahn World Language Academy experienced the life of a college student athlete on Thursday October 17th while attending the Northwestern girls soccer game.