Joe Henry being honored on Saturday, September 26th

Multicultural Cup
Urban Initiatives promotes cross-cultural understanding

WHEN: Saturday, September 26 2016 -11:00am- 1:30pm

WHERE: Haas Park- 2402 N. Washtenaw Ave. Chicago, IL- 60647

WHO: Over 90 Urban Initiatives Work to Play program participants from Newton Bateman Elementary, J.W. Von Goethe Elementary and Morton School of Excellence representing the Irving Park, Logan Square and Garfield Park communities.

WHAT: The Urban Initiatives Multicultural Cup brings kids and families from diverse cultures together for a day of soccer, some healthy food and the chance to make new friends. Over 90 boys and girls from all comers of Chicago will gather at Haas Park in the Logan Square community on Saturday, September 26th.

Small sided soccer games will take place along with a variety of multicultural stations highlighting art, language, dance and food from around the world. Urban Initiatives coaches and supporters representing India, Mexico, and Great Britain will share their own cultural customs and knowledge with kids and families in attendance. This event gives kids and families an opportunity to practice understanding and accepting of others.

This year Coca-Cola will be presenting Urban Initiatives with a $25,000 grant to support the Work to Play program in 38 Chicago Public Schools. Coca-Cola is committed to supporting the Urban Initiatives' Work to Play program participants by promoting cross-cultural awareness and health education for kids across Chicago.

Lastly, Haas Park Supervisor, Joe Henry will be presented with the inaugural Supervise for Success Award for his commitment to quality programming, sustainable partnerships and a vibrant park environment. Joe has been a huge supporter and partner of Urban Initiatives for many years, his dedication to the hundreds of Work to Play program participants and their families has made Haas Park a safe and fun space for families to grow.

Urban Initiatives currently serves over 16,500 Chicago Public School students at 45 schools throughout the city. Our programs take a collaborative, whole child approach to development in order to provide children with the opportunity to reach their full potential. Participants in our programs have experienced boosts in areas such as academic engagement, health awareness, and self-esteem.

The Work to Play program is Urban Initiatives' flagship health and education soccer program. This program uses a child's natural love of sports to provide whole-child youth development opportunities. The program has four focus areas: physical fitness, health education, academic performance, and character development. In order to participate in the program, students agree to strive for excellence in the classroom as well as on the soccer field.

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