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This past Friday in the West loop it was all about Friday Night Lights. The cult favorite TV show was not screening at Soho House nor was there a matchup between two power house 8A Illinois football teams; it was the fundraising event hosted by the Young Professionals Board of the non profit organization Good Sports which raised over $10,000 to help undeserved Chicago kids get in the game.
Not familiar with Good Sports? The non profit, though relatively newer on the Chicago scene, was founded in 2003 in Boston and to date has helped over 2 million children through donated brand new sports and fitness equipment to underprivileged kids across the country. Their mission is to “help to lay the foundation for healthy, active lifestyles by providing athletic equipment, footwear, and apparel to disadvantaged young people nationwide.” Its “Board of Directors” and “Board of Advisors” counts leaders such as Stan Bowman (Blackhawks), Crane Kenney (Chicago Cubs), Larry Mann (rEvolution) as part of their volunteer leadership. This past August, it was announced that Dr. Pepper Snapple Group through, the Let’s Play Initiative, will work with Good Sports to donate $75,000 worth of sports and fitness equipment to 100 Chicago public schools.
The Good Sports Young Professionals board, led by chair Lindsay Alston, who volunteer their time, put together a wonderful fundraising event. As ambassadors helping the organization on its mission to provide new athletic equipment, footwear and apparel to disadvantaged young people nationwide, they are always looking for passionate, prospective members. If you would like to get involved or donate, get details here.
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