The Chicago Fire's goal on the field is to play hard and win. Its goal off the field is to contribute to the quality of life in Chicago and its surrounding communities. Through the Chicago Fire Foundation, the Fire is able to give back to the community by developing programs that reach out to Chicagoland's community. Since 1998, the Chicago Fire Foundation, the charitable arm of the Chicago Fire Major League Soccer Team, has made significant contributions to enhance the lives of disadvantaged youth throughout Chicagoland, providing more than $1.8 million back in to the community. The Chicago Fire Foundation is committed to improving the quality of life throughout Chicagoland by leveraging its resources and expertise in the area of soccer to provide sports-based youth development and direct-service programs to underserved communities.
The Chicago Fire Foundation P.L.A.Y.S. (Participate, Learn, Achieve, Youth Soccer) Program is committed to enhancing the academic performance and development of key social and emotional (SEL) skills of elementary school students through a sports based curriculum.
The P.L.A.Y.S. Program created in partnership with World Sport Chicago, not only teaches soccer skills, but also explicitly teaches SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) traits and values such as emotional control, goal setting and attainment, cooperation and respect and communication and teamwork. These SEL traits are tied to academic success and are used with sport training to improve the physical well-being and academic capabilities of the students. It is our belief that by teaching these values within the structure of an athletic activity, that students will learn and adopt these values, transfer them from the athletic field to the classroom and thereby improve both their behavior as well as their academic outcomes.
For more information on the Chicago Fire Foundation and the P.L.A.Y.S. program, please visit https://www.chicago-fire.com/community.
Make a meaningful donation today to help the Chicago Fire Foundation impact more youth in need through the power of soccer.
$5,000 = Sponsorship of one school for entire season
$1,500 = Bus transportation for entire season for one program school
$500 = Soccer balls and equipment for one program school
$50 = Equipment and uniform for one program participant
$25 = Soccer ball for one program participant