ABOUT THIS FUNDRAISING EFFORT
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 Prieto 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 fall of 2009.
- Located in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood in Chicago and has 1,045 students.
- 96% of the school population is hispanic. 95% come from low-income households.
- The Prieto Pulsars soccer squad is the hardest working team in the city! Three times a week, they are up early and at school by 7:15. Their practices always start with vigorous games of Junk Food Tag which sets the tone for the rest of the practice.
- Friday practices are always the most fun when bragging rights are on the line in epic matches of Chain Soccer. The heart of our team revolves around our TTL captains who seamlessly lead all of our practices with little guidance or supervision.
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.