Chicago White Sox Charities
The Chicago White Sox Charities – the team’s philanthropic arm –generously donated $1 million to The Salvation Army Chicago Metropolitan Division to help build the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Chicago’s West Pullman neighborhood. The Kroc Center recreational facilities include baseball and softball diamonds, where White Sox inner-city youth teams will play and train.
White Sox Charities provides annual financial, in-kind and emotional support to hundreds of Chicago-based organizations, including those leading the fight against cancer or dedicated to improving the lives of Chicago's youth through education and athletics. In 2011, charitable contributions, including the commitment to The Salvation Army, moved the team’s non-profit arm near $17.5 million in cumulative giving since its inception in 1990. The commitment to help build the Kroc Center is the fourth $1 million donation White Sox Charities has made since its inception.
During the course of The Salvation Army's "Give Hope" campaign, the Chicago White Sox have become regular components of just about every Salvation Army public event, including Donut Day, Feed the Children and Celebrity Bell Ringing. The Salvation Army wishes to thank the Chicago White Sox Charities for all that they have done to help enrich of the lives of children and adults across Chicago and looks forward to a lasting partnership. For more information on the Chicago White Sox Charities, visit http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/community/cwsc.jsp.
The Chicago Bulls Charities
The Chicago Bulls Charities donated a $1 million grant to support the completion and endowment of The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center. The future Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center complex will include an indoor contest gymnasium and outdoor courts for recreational and competitive basketball sponsored by the Chicago Bulls.
In 1987, the Chicago Bulls founded a non-profit organization to aid in their civic tasks, especially where children are concerned. The Chicago Bulls Charities was formed with the mission to enhance the lives of Chicago’s youth by actively creating and supporting educational, recreational and social programs. By fundraising through special events, raffles and corporate and personal donations, the Chicago Bulls have been able to multiply their financial resources and provide a wealth of support to children and young adults throughout the Chicagoland area. Over the years, The Chicago Bulls Charities has contributed tens of millions of dollars for a variety of worthy causes in the Chicagoland area.
The Chicago Bulls have brought their unique brand of fitness and sports programs to thousands of children and adults served by The Salvation Army, including their EnergizaBulls fitness program and Chicago Bulls Training Academy camps. For more information on The Chicago Bulls Charities, visit http://www.nba.com/bulls/community/The Chicago Bulls Charities.html.
The Kids Golf Foundation
The Kids Golf Foundation is dedicated to bringing the game of golf into the lives of children and providing them opportunities for personal growth and career enhancement. The Foundation helps support junior golf by offering youth organizations programs, resources, funding, special events, and more. The Foundation has worked with over 150 organizations, including the Salvation Army to teach children the game of golf and to instill in them life lessons such as honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, and patience. Some of the other organizations that have been involved with the Foundation are YMCAs, park and recreation departments, Boys and Girls Clubs, Boy and Girl Scouts, schools, churches and afterschool programs. To learn more, visit us online at http://www.kidsgolffoundation.org or contact us at (630) 466-0913.
Trevian Soccer Club Donates Uniforms and Equipment to The Salvation Army Kroc Center
On Sunday, June 13, the Trevian Soccer Club will donate their used game uniforms, warm-up suits, soccer shoes and socks and shin guards to The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center. Trevian Soccer Club will also provide assistance with structuring the Kroc Center’s new soccer leagues as well as opportunities for occasional interleague scrimmages.
After recent cuts in funding for after-school activities, including organized sports, The Salvation Army and Trevian Soccer Club are helping to fill the gap by making soccer available to low-income children on Chicago’s South Side.
For more information on the donation and the Trevian Soccer Club, please click here. Thank you to the Trevian Soccer Club for their support of the Kroc Center and South Side youth!