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North River

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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 North River 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 2015.
  • Located in the Albany Park neighborhood in Chicago and has 342 students.
  • 89% of the school population is hispanic. 89% come from low-income households.
  • North River's mascot is a dolphin. At the end of each practice the team participates in a group cheer to finish the day energized. To start the cheer the team forms a circle with all hands in the middle. We count to three and yell "Dolphins!" The best part is at the end when the whole team walks away from the circle like swimming dolphins making dolphin noises. It's hilarious and the kids love it!
  • This fall was the inaugural WTP season at North River. Since we are a small school with roughly 350 students we had trouble initially getting a full roster. Our first week we only had four players. Once the word spread about fun the program was more students were eager to join. In just a few weeks our team was at full strength and the season was off!



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: $1,261 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Jordan Daniel Lantz

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Becca Martinson

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Cynthia Dominguez

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Alex Salsky

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Urban Initiatives

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Gabby Lubin

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Tom Bailey

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