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PlayStreets Chicago

PlayStreets Chicago

PlayStreets Chicago is a citywide initiative where neighborhoods take over residential streets for a day of activities, games, sports, dance, and play in an accessible and safe environment. Events are free and open to the community, empowering people of all ages to come together against barriers to get active and play. This program was launched by

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Sports Mentoring

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Sports Mentoring

Many of our programs, such as BAM, PLAYS, and the Athlete Ambassador Program, focus on youth development through sport mentoring, but what is a sport mentor? Why is sports mentorship important? Here’s a list of 5 things you probably didn’t know about sports mentoring: 1. Most successful people have had the guidance of a mentor Most people

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Youth Development Through PLAYS Program

Youth Development Through PLAYS Program

Participation in Olympic sports can lead to many positive things.  It can lead to personal achievements, college scholarships, or even an athletic career.  However, some of the most important things sports provide are often much simpler than record books or trophies. Olympic sports can influence an athlete’s character by improving his/her self-confidence, perseverance, motivation, etc. 

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Why Social and Emotional Learning is Important – BAM Sports

Why Social and Emotional Learning is Important – BAM Sports

Developing Social and Emotional Learning is one of the primary goals of our BAM-Sports Edition program. By implementing each aspect of social and emotional learning in their guidance curriculum, our sports mentors have been able to help students become more socially aware, foster healthy relationships, and make responsible decisions though self-awareness. But what exactly is

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5 Reasons Your Child Should Try a New Sport

5 Reasons Your Child Should Try a New Sport

Your kid has competed in every tournament around in their favorite sport. And because they love playing it so much, you find a way to keep them excelling by letting them focus on that particular sport year-round. You may even be worried that if they don’t specialize soon, they are going to be left out

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5 Tips for Jump Starting Your Spring

5 Tips for Jump Starting Your Spring

Don’t lose hope Chicago! Winter will end. Now that you’ve caught up on the latest series and have even watched those obscure documentaries from your Netflix suggestions, here are five ways you can shake off your winter hibernation and get active again. 1. Make Play a Family Affair Your Chicago family could your group of college

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Spin to Break the Cycle Event Recap

Spin to Break the Cycle Event Recap

As we recover from the hours of spinning, we would just like to thank everyone that participated or supported their friends, as well as our volunteers, instructors and partners who made our event such a great success.  Thanks to all of you, so far Spin to Break the Cycle has raised $139,438 for our programs!!

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Let’s Our Youth Safe, Fun, PlayStreets

Let’s Our Youth Safe, Fun, PlayStreets

With current trends, Chicago youth are becoming less physically active, and without safe spaces available, kids are finding it increasingly difficult to get moving. According to YRBSS data reported by the Child Health Data Lab at Lurie Children’s Hospital, only 29% of young adolescents in Chicago engaged in moderate physical activity on five days or more during

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What Motivates You to Spin to Break the Cycle?

What Motivates You to Spin to Break the Cycle?

As a World Sport Chicago intern working on the Spin to Break the Cycle event, the months of hard work are all leading up to this weekend.  It’s hard to believe it’s this Saturday!  As I have been communicating with the many teams from all across Chicagoland that are participating, I have come to see

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