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We Stand in Solidarity: Weekend Violence in Chicago Impacts Play Like a Champion Family

Updated: Aug 8, 2018


Play Like a Champion's National Advisory Board with NLARA members on an April 2018 visit to North Lawndale

Our Play Like a Champion family is grieving today as we learn of the deaths and injuries from shootings in the city of Chicago over this past weekend. The North Lawndale community on the city’s west side was one of the areas racked with violence, a neighborhood where Play Like a Champion is partnering with community leaders to support character-based youth sports programming.


We express our deep sorrow and hold our friends from North Lawndale in prayer. Many wonderful coaches from this neighborhood were with our national community in June at our annual conference. These adults serve as loving mentors providing children with a safe space to develop through sports. Now, more than ever, we need to stand up for our children and protect them, guide them, love them.


The 2018 Play Like a Champion Leadership Conference featured a panel with members of the North Lawndale community discussing the North Lawndale Athletic and Recreation Association (NLARA). The NLARA grew out of a partnership of the North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council, UCAN Chicago, Old St. Patrick Church, and Play Like a Champion. Learn more by watching this short video. This community-wide effort is an outstanding example of how coaches and leaders are working together to change the lives of children through sports and combat senseless violence like this past weekend. You can also read more about the efforts of the coaches and volunteers in North Lawndale by clicking here and here.


We welcome your thoughts on how our Play Like a Champion community can continue to build its support for the youth in Chicago and other areas of the country.


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