From June 20th - June 29th, SCORES poet-athletes took part in our summer camp. Every morning, from 9:00 - 11:30 am, campers gathered at the Douglas Park Nike Turf Field to develop new soccer skills, play games, and most importantly, have fun! Each day of camp had a different theme including passing, dribbling, and shooting, so that the kids could work on one skill at a time with their coaches.
During their down time, the campers worked on writing exercises, art projects, and played team building games. They learned about the World Cup and all of the countries involved with their Panini books. Each camper also got to design their very own World Cup soccer jersey. When it got too hot to play soccer, the kids went to the waterpark nearby to cool off and have fun on the playground. When asked what their favorite part of camp was, the kids had a wide variety of answers including, scrimmaging, learning new skills, the water balloon fight, snacks, and Coach Dean. On the last day of camp we celebrated with a big bbq, and everyone got to take home their own soccer ball thanks to Hunt4Soccer. We had so much fun at camp this year, and can’t wait to see everyone back again next year!
On June 22nd, Laureus launched Sport for Good Chicago, their long term commitment to strengthening underserved youth through the power of sport, at America SCORES Chicago’s summer camp. Benita Fitzgerald Mosley, the CEO of Laureus USA and an Olympic gold medalist in track and field, introduced the partnership and shared her passion for sports-based youth development. After that, together with some of the Hidden Gems coaches from the Chicago Red Stars, Benita lead a Q&A where SCORES campers were able to ask the athletes questions and learn more about their experiences as professional athletes. After the Q&A, the athletes participated in camp activities with the SCORES campers.
Later that evening, Laureus held their formal launch event at the Wintrust Arena where team members from the various non profits that Laureus supports gathered together to celebrate the launch of Sport for Good Chicago. Amy Mummery, our Executive Director, who is a member of the Laureus Leadership Council, spoke at the event about the importance of this partnership, and how necessary sports based youth development is for children in Chicago. This coalition aims to foster growth within sport for development nonprofits throughout Chicago through grant opportunities, a wide variety of professional development trainings, and leveraging collaboration between sport for development programs to increase the Chicago footprint. With the support of Laureus Sport for good Chicago, we are looking forward to growing America SCORES Chicago so that we can have a positive impact on the lives of more children throughout the city.