The Chicago Fire's goal on the field is to play hard and win. Its goal off the field is to contribute to the quality of life in Chicago and its surrounding communities. Through the Chicago Fire Foundation, the Team is able to give back to the community by developing programs that reach out to Chicagoland's community.
Chicago Fire Foundation in partnership with World Sport Chicago launched P.L.A.Y.S. (Play Learn Achieves Youth Soccer) program with a Teammates for Kids MLS Team Grant. P.L.A.Y.S were hosts to 256 boys and girls from grades 3rd through 5th. As a result of teaching soccer skills, participants in the P.L.A.Y.S. program learn valuable life skills including teamwork, communication and good sportsmanship. They are also taught Social and Emotional Traits which are linked to improved academic performance.
Angel Garcia, a fourth grade participant shares, “Everyone can use teamwork”. Coach Terese Jackson states, “I see a huge change in who they are on the inside as much as I’ve seen them excel at the sport.”
The Teammates For Kids Foundation is proud to be “Teammates” with the Chicago Fire Soccer Organization.