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Sprocket Sports Announces Sponsorship of Urban Initiatives' 17th Annual Soccer Ball

Sprocket Sports, a modern technology platform for the management and marketing of youth sports clubs, today announced its sponsorship of Urban Initiatives' 2023 Soccer Ball. The non-profit's annual fundraiser partners with 63 Chicago Public Schools to support 15,000 youths in 45 neighborhoods with its sports-based mentoring programs.

“As a company founded in Chicago with the mission of expanding access to positive experiences in youth sports, Sprocket Sports is proud to support Urban Initiatives,” said Rich Gallun, Sprocket Sports CEO. “The team at UI uses the inherent power of sports and teamwork to empower Chicago’s youth to achieve academic success, develop social-emotional skills, and build social capital. We are excited to attend this year’s Soccer Ball and support this great cause with other members of the UI community.”

Luke Weaver, Business Development, Sprocket Sports, added, “Over the last 20 years, Urban Initiatives has been dedicated to helping Chicago’s at-risk youth get stronger, reach higher, and seize more opportunities in their community. We are honored to participate in this annual event once again.”

"We are grateful to Sprocket Sports for their continued support of the Soccer Ball, which sustains our work at Urban Initiatives. Proceeds further our mission, strengthen safe spaces for play, and build a city-wide community that knows no barriers," said Urban Initiatives Executive Director Jim Dower.

About Sprocket Sports

Sprocket Sports is a modern, all-in-one management and marketing platform designed specifically for youth sports clubs. Its comprehensive technology helps clubs reduce operating expenses, increase revenues, build their brand and engage with families. In addition to player registration and payments, Sprocket Sports offers websites, marketing and communication modules, administrative tools, dashboards, mobile apps, and more. Learn more at sprocketsports.com.


Urban Initiatives is a non-profit organization in Chicago, IL whose mission is to use the power of sport and play to empower Chicago’s youth to achieve academic success, develop social-emotional skills, and build social capital. For more information, visit urbaninitiatives.org. To purchase tickets to the 2023 Soccer Ball, visit www.uisoccerball.org.

Susan Blinkhorn