Urban Initiatives’ (UI) 1,050 Work to Play (WTP) participants travel to play soccer with teams in communities throughout Chicago, crossing gang, cultural and racial boundaries to come together through a common passion for soccer. The kids work tirelessly in the classroom all week to bus to other schools and participate in spirited games that foster teamwork, skill development, and social inclusion. Travel is a critical component of the program and I am fundraising to sponsor the National Teacher's Academy (NTA) 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 2014.
- Located in the South Loop neighborhood in Chicago and has 675 student 85% of the school population is hispanic.
- 83% come from low-income households.
- All the team captains maintain an A and B average and set exemplary examples for the WTP soccer players.
UI’s 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.