At the highly anticipated Copa Coca Cola, the players were promised that they would have the best soccer experience of their lives. This tournament that brought together hundreds of young people from all around the Midwest and the Copa Coca-Cola certainly lived up to that promise. Urban Initiatives was extremely excited at the opportunity to participate in this event, and we are proud to say that our kids were just as excited as we were.
The following blog post was written by Junoir Board member Birger Buesching on behalf of all the dedicated Urban Initiatives supporters that share their talents on the soccer field in LTS Chicago sports leagues.
So many dedicated staff, Junior Board members and friends of Urban Initiatives have one thing in common … the love for soccer and their commitment for UI’s kids in the Work to Play Program. Following the example of our kids on the soccer field, we put our first soccer team together in early 2012 to compete in Chicago’s own LTS charity soccer league.
What’s the only thing better than working at Wrigley Field on a Friday afternoon? Getting out of the office and turning work into play with Urban Initiatives’ team from Morton Elementary!
Last week, a group of Chicago Cubs volunteers spent the afternoon with 35 energetic players at Windy City Fieldhouse. When the big kids from the Cubs arrived, they warmed up with a lightning fast (and hotly contested) game of bridge ball. Minutes later, Morton’s team came running into the gym ready to play some soccer.
The Cubs jumped onto the fields and each volunteer joined a team of Morton players. “When I count to three, the game starts,” explained A.J. from the Cubs as he balanced the ball between two of the kids’ backs. “One, two, thr-…” he counted, and the kids ran off after the ball, nearly taking A.J.’s arm with them.
Students at Gunsaulus Scholastic Academy are enjoying this unusually snowy winter by making time to throw plenty of snowballs!
Recess in Chicago Public Schools has only recently been reinstated for every student, and Urban Initiatives has partnered with 15 schools to help make the most of that time for fun, physical activity, and learning.
Our friends at Make it Better Magazine are giving Urban Initiatives' supporters the chance to win two tickets to the critically acclaimed "The Sound of Music" at the Lyric Opera of Chicago on Saturday, April 26, 2014.
All you have to do to be entered is simply sign up for the Make it Better - Better Letter: http://makeitbetter.net/better-letter
Two sets of tickets will be awarded to lucky winners on Friday, April 11th!
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Here's a great opportunity to show off your soccer skills and commitment to staying physically active. The Copa Coca-Cola is coming so get your friends together and register your team to play soccer and most importantly make new friends!
On Friday, January 24, over 860 Urban Initiatives supporters came out and celebrated at the 8th Annual Soccer Ball presented by BMO Harris Bank and Storck USA. For the second consecutive year, celebrity emcees Marc Silverman and Carmen DeFalco welcomed guests into the River East Art Center. This year’s Soccer Ball was extra special, as we celebrated 10 years of Urban Initiatives.
Urban Initiatives Team Captains were back in action this past weekend. Captains from schools across the city gathered at the University of Illinois at Chicago to partake in a fun filled morning of leadership activities, discussions, and a soccer tournament.
Former NFL player Jarrett Payton and his Jarrett Payton Foundation recently paid a visit to Fulton Elementary to surprise Urban Initiatives Work to Play and Play with Potential program participants with over 200 athletic balls as a donation, giving them the tools to be healthy and active student athletes.