Community

Foundation Programs

 

The P.L.A.Y.S. Program

Mission: 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, will not only teach soccer skills, but also explicitly teach SEL 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 will be 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 their academic outcomes

In 2013, the pilot program launched in 8 Academy for Urban School Leadership schools:

  • Bradwell School of Excellence
  • Casals School of Excellence
  • Chalmens School of Excellence
  • Deneen School of Excellence
  • Herzl School of Excellence
  • Piccolo School of Excellence
  • Sherman School of Excellence
  • Curtis School of Excellence

Click Here to view the P.L.A.Y.S. Press Release
Click Here to watch the P.L.A.Y.S. Video
Click Here to view photos from the P.L.A.Y.S. program

 

Kicks For Kids

Since 2006, with the generous support of our "Kick For Kids" donors, nearly 50,000 children have benefited from this program and been able to see the Chicago Fire in action. View the "Kicks for Kids" beneficiaries from seasons past.

All "Kicks for Kids" beneficiaries are 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations providing a direct service to economically or otherwise challenged youth in the Chicagoland area. If your organization is interested in becoming a "Kicks for Kids" beneficiary, please complete our online application.

The Chicago Fire and the Chicago Fire Foundation would like to thank all the companies and individuals who have participated in the "Kicks For Kids" Program. Your support helps create lasting memories for our community's youth. View our "Kicks for Kids" sponsors.

For more information or to become a Kicks For Kids sponsor:
Chicago Fire Sales Department
708-594-7200
1-888-MLS-FIRE
tickets@chicago-fire.com

Passback Game

The Chicago Fire Soccer Club and the Chicago Fire Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Soccer Foundation and Soccer.com, are proud to present the 2014 Passback Program.  This program allows individuals or groups to bring new and gently used soccer equipment, which is then donated to youth soccer programs!  Your generous donations will help us to distribute to various organizations throughout Chicagoland and across the world!

Click Here for more information or to get involved with the Passback Program

 
 

Hero of the Match

At each Chicago Fire home match, the club honors a Hero of the Match for their courage and sacrifice. Local heroes include fire personnel, police officers, active military members, veterans, those battling cancer and more!

 
Click here to meet our 2014 heroes
Click Here to nominate a hero.

 

2014 MLS Community MVP

Major League Soccer is looking for individuals who promote goodwill, demonstrate leadership qualities and help to improve lives within their community. Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations!

Congratulations to Chip Huber who was selected as the Chicago Community MVP! In 2009, Chip initiated an event with Cornerstone University Men's Soccer called "Night of Nets” which raises funds to purchase malaria bed nets for communities in Sub Saharan Africa. Over the last 5 years, Chip has engaged the men's soccer program at Cornerstone University to dedicate one game as a fundraiser. The last 3 years, he has taken members of the men's team to a community in Zambia (Ndola) to help deliver these bed nets. Chip says, “nothing gives me more joy than seeing soccer matches and players help to transform the lives of some amazing African children, families and communities through the simple gift of a bed net.”
 
Chip will be recognized at the Chicago Fire vs. Philadelphia Union match on Saturday, July 19.
 
You can cast your vote for Chip to be the overall MLS Community MVP and win a trip to the MLS All Star game by clicking here! Voting runs from July 11-25.