The Chicago Fire Soccer Club and the Chicago Fire Foundation in conjunction with the U.S. Soccer Foundation (USSF) will be collecting donations of new or gently used soccer equipment at Fire’s match against Philadelphia Union at TOYOTA PARK on June 5 at 7:30 PM CT (My50) that will be given to youth throughout the Chicagoland area in an effort to promote the game of soccer.
The Chicago Fire are looking to collect everything from shin guards, soccer balls and soccer cleats to socks, water bottles and goalie gloves. Many groups benefit from the Passback program each year, including Chicagoland area organizations such as Urban Initiatives, The Salvation Army and Chicago Public Schools.
“The Chicago Fire Foundation is proud to partner with the U.S. Soccer Foundation in this effort. It’s important for children to have access to soccer basics so they can pursue their dreams of playing the game and the Fire are committed to that principle,” said Frank Klopas, Chicago Fire Foundation President and Fire Technical Director.
The Passback Program is designed to help meet the soccer uniform and equipment needs of all players in all communities. The Chicago Fire and Chicago Fire Foundation are proud of this endeavor and are asking fans to help make the June 5 drive one of the most successful ones to date.
“The drive is a great opportunity for the team and our fans to help children in the community who want to play soccer,” said Fire player Logan Pause. “I wouldn’t be where I am today without having access to basic soccer equipment as a kid, so every item donated is going to make a difference in some child’s life.”