On behalf of the Children’s Hand Club, Grace and Peace Revive Center և Intentional Sports joined the Chicago Fire Foundation, Ason Eason և Vedrana Hayward, և state and local leaders, topping the list for professional-level sports. , Education և Health in North Austin.

The $ 31 million state-of-the-art campus will help close the gap between young people in western Chicago through education, leadership development, and access to sports training, including football, baseball programs from Chicago Fire FC, and Jason Heyward Baseball. Academy, respectively. It covers 150,000 square feet[150,000 sq m]with new outdoor playgrounds և FIFA Regular Grassland, Chicago’s only indoor playground, the largest grassland in the western part of the city.

The 10-hectare project transforms the vacant land of North Laramie to ensure that community sports provide access to team sports, education, enrichment, and comprehensive services that help build a strong, healthy, and secure community. The university will introduce after-school programming for more than 400 young people ից More than 100 free community hours per week. Thanks to the Chicago Fire Foundation, Fire will offer the community more than 20 hours of free football programs a week.

“It’s really remarkable to see our vision take shape here in the North Austin community,” said Donnita Trice, co-founder and CEO of By The Hand Club For Kids. “The university և world-class programs it will offer will truly be God’s hands, feet, love for our children և community. We are very grateful to our partners և to all those who have invested their time and resources to make this university possible. “They are transforming the future of so many young people in Chicago.”

The project is being funded by a $ 1.5 million grant from the state of Illinois to help renovate the former Glidden Paint Factory in Brownfield. The grant provided significant resources that enabled community leaders to reach out to the university this summer and open to the community in the fall of 2022. In total, the project will support 75 permanent և 200 temporary construction works.

“Our Illinois Capital Reconstruction Program is more than just bringing new infrastructure investments to communities. It’s about investing in a brighter future for our children. “We are proud to raise capital dollars with the support of a new community-based youth sports center coming to Austin next year, bringing hundreds of local jobs along the way,” said Governor B. B. Pritzker. By By Hand’s new facility will provide substantial education, after-school programming, and health and wellness services that benefit the entire community. “Working with our General Assembly leaders, we are making major investments that will improve the quality of life for the people of Illinois, attract additional investment in the area, and strengthen our local economy for years to come.”

“The hallmark of Illinois Gov. Pritzker’s capital vision is funding community development programs that increase access to basic amenities, create jobs, and improve the quality of life for our people,” said Silvia Garcia, Acting Director of the Illinois Department. Trade and Economic Opportunities (DCEO). “We are proud to support By The Hand և Grace and Peace ներդր ներդր ներդր ներդր:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: “This is one of the few key projects in Chicago, our state today, to ensure that all of our communities have access to the reliable roads, bridges, schools, and community services needed to succeed in the 21st century economy.”

The universal program for taking children and walking with them from kindergarten to college, which operates in Chicago, has the sixth university club in its area. Covering an area of ​​30,000 square feet, By The Hand will serve over 400 Chicago high school students on site, promoting academic excellence, nurturing their minds, bodies, and souls. By The Hand currently serves approximately 1,600 CPS students from southwest Chicago.

The Grace and Peace Revive Center, a long-standing community pillar, has been operating on the North Laram site since 2018 և will continue to provide comprehensive comprehensive services, including education, health awareness և advocacy for North Austin residents. Food banks, domestic violence counseling, transition housing, and advocacy workshops are some of the services that will be available on site.

“North Austin is our home; we are very proud to be investing in its future,” said Pastor John On Ayas, Founder of Grace and Peace Church and Pastor of the Resuscitation Center. “We hope this university serves as a beacon of hope and opportunity, signaling to our community that we are committed to improving the quality of life and access to resources for our neighbors in western Chicago.”

The accelerator will be Intentional Sports, a non-profit organization working to close gaps in opportunities in youth sports. Young people in underprivileged communities like North Austin are four times less likely to play sports, and six times more likely to quit because of the cost.

Intentional sports will provide top-class youth sports academies, competitive opportunities և health և health training at 120,000 square feet of indoor space. The facility expects to receive approximately 25,000 participants a year, and adult leagues, camps, and national tournaments generate revenue to support the facility, providing local athletes and their families with low-cost, low-cost options.

“We are trying to change the landscape of North Austin and its surrounding communities. We believe in equal access to sports, education and leadership,” said Andy McDermott, co-founder and president of Intentional Sports. “Not only do we bring the first facility of its kind to Chicago, but we also give young people from the West the opportunity to play in a world-class space, right next to them. It’s a winning combination. “

Intense sports will debut at many youth sports և leadership academies when the university opens, in addition to the Chicago Fire Football և Baseball Program at the Jason Hayward Baseball Academy.

Chicago Fire Department

The Chicago Fire Foundation և Chicago Fire FC is committed to expanding access to football for young people in the Chicago area and their families. By investing in the community, the Chicago Fire Foundation will build a permanent home for its community awareness programs, which include its award-winning PLAYS program. Founded in 2013, PLAYS aims to enhance the scientific progress and development of basic social ուզ emotional (SEL) skills in elementary school students through a sports-based curriculum. To date, it has created more than 250,000 hours of football in 40 Chicago public schools, serving nearly 1,000 young people each year.

The fire-proven curriculum’s love of football և a practical approach to developing a commitment to culture will be a key part of community center programming.

“Young people in our Chicago community deserve access to first-class amenities and high-quality programs,” said Essica Yavitz, Executive Director of the Chicago Fire Foundation. “Investing in our youth through football not only teaches sports skills, but also the social և emotional qualities և values ​​of education. By partnering with The Hand Club for Kids, Grace and Peace Revive Center’s North Austin Community Center, we can provide a safe place for the community to gather and play for years to come. »

Ase Eason Hayward Baseball Academy

Chicago Cubes right-back Ason Eason Hayward and his wife, Vedrana, continue their charitable efforts by making a significant financial donation, running the Jason Heyward Baseball Academy, a sports training and leadership development program for players of all ages, and skill levels. . The University-based Eason Hayward Baseball Academy will present a baseball game to thousands of young people in western Chicago while providing education, leadership, mentoring, skills training, strong athletes, and community leaders.

“Sport plays a crucial role in building character, creating opportunities and changing the lives of young people,” said Ason Jason Hayward. “Vedrana and I are committed to helping raise the youth of Chicago, to using our skills and resources to make a difference in our city. We have been supporters of By The Hand for a long time; we could not have been happier to be a part of this incredible effort. ”

As director, Ason Eason Hayward, along with his personal coaching staff, will take a practical approach, guiding all aspects of the curriculum from 18-month-olds to college-age athletes. Vedrana Hayward will launch jointly with the Baseball Academy Girls on diamonds, a complete set of programming aimed at helping young women discover their passion, use their talent և develop life skills to become confident, well-formed և powerful women on or on a baseball diamond.

Since making Chicago their home since 2015, Haywards has been committed to improving the lives of Chicago’s young people in unserved communities by continuing to support By The Hand և Cubs, the Chicago Cubs charity. Baseball Asson Eason Hayward Academy is the latest representation of the couple’s commitment to the youth of the Chicago area, and they plan to continue their charitable support to both organizations.

The university will be developed in collaboration with the Chicago Neighborhood Initiative and will be built by ARCO / Murray և GMA Construction Group. For more information about the university or job opportunities, please email info@bythehand.org