Chicago Park District, Chicago KICS Soccer, Mettle Sports Announce Registration Open for Neighborhood Soccer Tournaments in June
Neighborhood Soccer Festivals at Humboldt, Calumet and Riis parks
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Humboldt Park, Calumet Park and Riis Park to host the first-ever, family-friendly community soccer festivals
The Chicago Park District in partnership with Chicago KICS Soccer and Mettle Sports will host a series of local soccer team tournaments and family-friendly festivals at Humboldt Park, Calumet Park and Riis Park, starting June 10.
This is the first year that the Park District teams up with Chicago KICS Soccer and Mettle Sports to bring the coed soccer series to neighborhood park locations.
On and off-the-field will be a worthwhile experience for all those who attend the community sporting event. The soccer tournaments also feature family-oriented festivals that offer free entertainment in the form of games, music, bounce houses and soccer clinics for residents from these and surrounding communities.
“The Chicago Park District is pleased to partner with Chicago KICS and Mettle Sports to activate our local parks with fun and exciting sports activities that engage our young athletes and provide safe spaces in our neighborhoods for their friends and families to see them play,” said Chicago Park District Superintendent & CEO Michael P. Kelly.
Registration is open to all local teams and individual players, between the ages of 6 and 12 years old, who are interested in participating in one or all of the tournaments.
The soccer tournaments are scheduled between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Humboldt Park (1400 N. Sacramento Ave.) on June 10, Calumet Park (9801 S. Avenue G) on June 17 and Riis Park (6100 W. Fullerton Ave.) on June 24.
The cost is $50 for teams and $10 for individual players. To participate in the tournaments, players must register at www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/events/neighborhood-soccer-festivals.
Winning teams will take home tournament trophies and medals of participation will be handed out to all of the outstanding athletes.
"Chicago KICS is proud to partner with the Chicago Park District to bring a youth festival of soccer and family fun and fulfill our mission of empowering Chicago's youth and building up its great communities," said President of Chicago KICS Dr. Scott Hanlon.
“Our missions align well, CPD and KICS prides itself on professionalism, passion, and dedication to provide a unique experience within the Chicago community. We foster a culture that nurtures intellectual, cultural, social, and physical development through the beautiful game of soccer - so we are very proud to be working with the Chicago Park District to bring an annual summer soccer festival to Chicago parks,” said KICS Academy Director Matt Miller.
Mettle Sports, a for-profit organization providing fields and programming to schools and municipalities, will enhance the tournament festival atmosphere by providing Chicago’s youth with portable soccer fields to use during the tournaments.
“Mettle Sports is proud to partner with KICS and the Chicago Park District to provide street soccer pitches to neighborhood tournaments and soccer festivals in Chicago. Playing The Beautiful Game in a street soccer pitch is playing the sport in its purest form – a place where kids and adults of all ages, races, and ethnicities join together and create more opportunities to build community. With our shared mission, we are extremely excited and honored to be working with KICS and CPD in bringing this incredible resource to the people of Chicago,” said Mettle Sports Founder/CEO Neal Levin.
The Chicago Park District offers a variety of athletic programs for youth and teens to receive training necessary for competition at various levels with an emphasis on learning basic skills and incorporating the rules of fair play and sportsmanship.