Fall 2013 Recap Newsletter 


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Chicago Youth Sports Alliance is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting the social and academic development of underserved youth in the city of Chicago.  Using team sports as a platform, Chicago YSA is committed to encouraging the values and lifelong skills that can be learned through athletics, including hard work, perseverance, discipline, and personal fitness, teamwork, responsibility, commitment and leadership - building stronger communities and providing a foundation for future success.

Network with Big Ten Alumni and Support Chicago YSA December 10th!  

Join alumni from EVERY Big Ten University for a evening of networking and fun at American Junkie (map).  The event is being held on December 10th at 6pm. There is a suggested donation of $5 at the door, and this year all proceeds will benefit Chicago YSA.  Bring your friends.  We are looking forward to seeing you there!  Big Ten Networking Event Flyer  
Chicago YSA Fall 2013 Programs   
Fall 2013 saw a continuation of several established annual programs as well as the development of new partnerships, as Chicago YSA looks to expand its reach and provide opportunity to more deserving children. 
The 2014 programming curriculum is currently being developed and we have big plans for the year ahead.  Our generous volunteers and donors will play a big role in making next year even more successful than the last.  Please see the links on the right side of this newsletter for more information on how you can help make a difference today! 

College Connections - Northwestern 
For the third consecutive year Chicago YSA partnered with Northwestern to provide approximately 100 middle school aged students exposure to a local college campus through a fun program that incorporates both athletic and academic influences. On September 24th, students from LEARN South Campus and LEARN Romano Butler headed up to Northwestern University where they toured campus facilities, attended a closed football practice, and met with student athletes and academic advisers.  We want to give a special thank you to Northwestern Athletics, Maureen Palchack, Coach Fitzgerald, and the student athletes who donated their time to speak with the kids.

Girls in the Game 
Chicago YSA partnered with Girls in the Game on two programs this fall. Girls in the Game is a new partnership and one are very eager and excited to continue to expand.  Girls in the Game has been working to improve the lives of of young girls across Chicago area schools for more than 17 years.  For more information on their programs or to learn more about how you can get involved, please visit their website

Lacrosse Game Day -- Chicago YSA, together with Girls in the Game and Illinois Girls Lacrosse, hosted a 3 hour, girls-only fitness and health program on Saturday September 28th.  The program was targeted at teaching the benefits of fitness and nutrition to girls in 3rd through 8th grade and provided a fun, confidence-boosting experience to expose them to new healthy activities.  Volunteer coaches led three rotations featuring lacrosse, yoga, and nutrition stations. The event hosted more than 80 young girls from local Charter Schools on the southside of Chicago and was free to all participants.  We want to offer a special thanks to Allison Liefer and Vanessa Mizel from Girls in the Game, as well as the Junior League, Lynn Merrill, and Matt Smith for their leadership!

LEARN South After School Program -- This Fall Chicago YSA sponsored a 10 week after school program at LEARN Charter School Network, led by Girls in the Game volunteers.  The program, offered to 5th and 6th grade scholars at LEARN South Chicago campus, was developed to build self-esteem, encourage healthy lifestyle and teach leadership skills through an engaging all-girls format (learn more about the 10 week program curriculum here).  Chicago YSA provided 100% of the necessary funding allowing all students to participate free of charge.   
Northwestern Family Soccer Event
Chicago YSA worked alongside with Oliver Kupe and the Northwestern Men's Soccer Program to host 40 students, grades 3rd through 5th, and their families at the October 6th game against Michigan State University.  The students were from UNO Rogers Park Charter School and Scammon Elementary School.  Students were provided transportation to and from campus where a pre-game clinic was run by former Northwestern Soccer players specifically for Chicago YSA Participants.  The group, including the families, was then invited to attend the game, and select students were able to participate in halftime activities on the playing field.
Perspective Flag Football League 
Chicago YSA sponsored the Perspectives Charter School Middle School Flag Football League for the third consecutive year this Fall.  Athletic Director, Vinay Mullick, and his coaches continue to build participation in the program, preparing students high school athletics.

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