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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 and I am fundraising to sponsor Stevenson Elementary’s transportation for the 2016-2017 school year. Every donation counts! Here are some giving levels for you to consider:

  • Cost per child per game: $10
  • Cost per child per year: $60
  • Cost per team per game: $200
  • Cost per school per year: $2,000 (this is my ultimate goal!)


  • Joined Urban Initiatives’ Work to Play program in the spring of 2012.
  • Located in the Austin neighborhood in Chicago and has 522 students.
  • 97% of the school population is African American. 98% come from low-income households.
  • Howe starts off every practice with a very fun relay race.
  • Howe's favorite game to play is chain soccer. Nothing gets the kids more excited than when they hear "it's time for chain soccer!"


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.

The Team: $2,435 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Andrew Cole

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64% Raised of$2,000 Goal

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Ricky Marquardt

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91% Raised of$1,200 Goal

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Brian Flanagan

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Urban Initiatives

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Eugene Tsipris

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