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Urban Initiatives

  • Urban Initiatives and FC Barcelona at Niketown

    The world reknowned Catalonian soccer club FC Barcelona came to Niketown Chicago on Friday and some lucky Urban Initiatives participants had the the opportunity to meet some of the players. FC Barcelona made a generous donation to the program and then lead a Q&A session, where the young members of Urban Initiatives had a chance…

  • Chicago Tribune: Hidden Wounds of Violence

    The Chicago Tribune reports on the ‘public health crisis’ associated with youth witnesses to violence in underserved Chicago communities. The article features past Urban Initiatives participant and brave student De’Jour Stewart. Click here to read the full story ››

  • Chicago Tribune: Getting a Foothold on the Future

    The Chicago Tribune visted Jenner Academy to report on the Work to Play Program. “Somehow along the way, Coach ‘Ish’ and Coach ‘D’ stumbled on this unlikely equation: Inner-city kids plus soccer plus unswerving dedication equals promise, squared. Add a chance to be some scary odds, besides.” Read the full story [PDF]

  • Urban Initiatives Participants Meet Freddy Adu

    Urban Initiatives kids participating in the Mayors Cup had the oppurtunity to meet world famous soccer star Freddy Adu. He currently plays for S.L. Benfica in Portugal. Adu was born in Tema, Ghana, before emigrating to the United States at the age of eight and becoming a citizen in 2003. He plays for the United…