As many of you know I have been actively involved on the junior board of a non for profit by the name of Urban Initiatives (UI). UI is a great organization with a tremendous group of individuals whose mission is to empower Chicago’s underserved children to adopt healthy lifestyles, improve their academic performance, and build strong character through sports-based youth development programs.
Urban Initiatives’ 1,050 Work to Play participants travel to play soccer with teams in communities throughout Chicago, crossing gang, cultural and racial boundaries to come together through a common love of soccer. The kids work hard in the classroom all week in order to take buses to other schools to participate in games that foster teamwork, soccer skills, and social inclusion. This travel is a critical component of the program.
I am working to raise as much money as possible for a specific school that is very near and dear to my heart: Little Village Academy. Any amount you can contribute would be put to great use by these future soccer or MLS stars. Below you will find specific monetary milestones and what they will cover:
Thanks so much for your consideration
Donations of any denomination are welcome, but here are some metrics to guide you:
About Little Village Academy
Joined Urban Initiatives’ Work to Play program in the spring of 2013.
Located in the Little Village neighborhood in Chicago and has 869 students.
99% of the school population is hispanic. 99% come from low-income households.
Many of the children at Little Village have to deal with their school sitting on the dividing line between two gangs in their community as they go to and from school each day.
Work to Play practices are held before school at Little Village Academy. Each morning every soccer player comes in and says, “Good morning,” to each of their teammates and coaches. They do this not because it is the polite thing to do, but because it is a promise to have a good morning at practice and at school by showing each other respect.
ABOUT URBAN INITIATIVES
Urban Initiatives’ mission is to empower Chicago’s underserved children to adopt healthy lifestyles, improve their academic performance, and build strong character through sports-based youth development programs. Their Work to Play program uses a child’s natural love of sports, namely soccer, to provide whole child youth development opportunities in four focus areas: physical fitness, health education, academic performance, and character development. This program focuses on K through 4th grade students in 35 Chicago Public Schools. Boys and girls are invited to join this free, fun-based soccer program regardless of skill level provided they maintain a certain standard of behavioral and academic performance in the classroom.