Category Archive

April 2016

  • CrossFit Defined Lifts Urban Initiatives

    Between early December and April 9, CrossFit Defined in Lakeview and Lincoln Square raised money for Urban Initiatives through online crowdsourcing. Their fundraising efforts culminated in a competition where nearly 30 teams of 5 completed a series of physical fitness tasks that challenged them both physically and mentally. On an unseasonably cold and snowy day,…

  • ComEd Lights Up Game Day

    On April 15th, Urban Initiatives’ spring volunteer season kicked off with an enthusiastic team of Corporate Coaches from ComEd. As teams from Davis, Jackson, and Jahn Elementary arrived to Chicago Indoor Sports, it was hard to tell who was more excited—our eager group of volunteers, or Team Jackson as it was their first Game Day…

    ComEd Lights Up Game Day
  • Coach Cynthia Shares her ESPNW Summit Experience

    Coach Cynthia gives us the details of what her and Coach Preethi learned at the first ever ESPNW Women + Sports Summit. Coach Preethi and I had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend the espnW: Women + Sports Chicago event. To say that we enjoyed ourselves would be a gross understatement…I don’t think anyone else in…

    Coach Cynthia Shares her ESPNW Summit Experience
  • Stevenson and Lee Help Launch Newest Cruyff Court

    Stevenson, one of UI’s newest schools, and Lee Elementary’s Work to Play teams celebrated the opening of the latest Cruyff Court with members of the Johan Cruyff Foundation and IMC Financial Markets. This celebration was packed with games, food, and FUN in Rainey Park. As coaches, parents, and players gathered together at the park on…

    Stevenson and Lee Help Launch Newest Cruyff Court
  • Embrace Chicago Cup

    Urban Initiatives in partnership with the Garfield Park Conservatory and the Chicago Park District hosted the inaugural Embrace Chicago Cup on Saturday, April 9th. Six Urban Initiatives partner schools from four Chicago communities gathered for a day of exploration at the Garfield Park Conservatory, soccer games, and lunch at the park district. The Embrace Chicago…

    Embrace Chicago Cup
  • A Night Out with Urban Initiatives

    On Thursday April 14, Urban Initiatives hosted its first ever “Night Out” at Sidetrack. The event brought together members of the LGBT community and served as a way to introduce Urban Initiatives’ sports-based youth development programs to the LGBT sports leagues and the larger LGBT community. Host Committee member Leslie Henry kicked off the night…

    A Night Out with Urban Initiatives
  • Windy City Times Recaps UI’s Night Out

    Windy City Times reporter Liz Baudler recaps UI’s Night Out hosted at Sidetrack. Read more here:

  • Allstate Brought Out the Good for Over 80 Team Captains

    The rain and snow surely did not stop Team Captains from enjoying an engaging day at the Allstate Headquarters in Northbrook this past Friday. Fifth thru eighth graders from all around the city woke up early, embraced the unexpected weather, and brought their energy for a day full of interactive activities.  The fourth Take the…

    Allstate Brought Out the Good for Over 80 Team Captains
  • JB Bus Campaign Kickoff at Lagunitas

    On Monday, April 11, the Junior Board kicked off their annual fundraiser, the Bus Campaign, at THE TapRoom at Lagunitas. The Bus Campaign is when the Junior Board is split into teams of 2 or 3 and assigned to a specific school. Junior Board members then ask their friends, families, and co-workers for donations to…

    JB Bus Campaign Kickoff at Lagunitas
  • Nixon visits the Chicago Fire

    This field trip truly showcased the consistent dedication present amongst players on the Urban Initiatives’ team at Nixon Elementary. This special group of 3rd graders game to the school on a cold and snowy Saturday afternoon to attend the Chicago Fire soccer game at Toyota Park. Despite the uncovered seating, there were no complaints from…

    Nixon visits the Chicago Fire