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
- Bethune School of Excellence
- Casals School of Excellence
- Deneen School of Excellence
- Herzl School of Excellence
- Piccolo School of Excellence
- Sherman School of Excellence
- Curtis School of Excellence
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
Click Here for more information or to get involved with the Passback Program
2013 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 Ray Cook who was selected at the Chicago Community MVP! For over 23 years, Ray has channeled his passion for the game of soccer as a member of the Homewood Flossmoor Soccer Club Board of Commissioners. As the Park District Liaison and Field Coordinator, he has personally maintained over 10 soccer fields in his community. Additionally, Ray is a member of the Olympia Fields Park District Board. Because of his efforts, Homewood and Flossmoor have some of the most well-maintained soccer fields in the Chicago Metropolitan area.