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Sprocket Sports Celebrates the Power of Play at Urban Initiatives’ Soccer Ball

Sprocket Sports, a leading technology platform for youth sports clubs, is proud to announce its sponsorship of the Urban Initiatives' 2024 Soccer Ball taking place on January 26 at Rockwell on the River in Chicago. The annual fundraiser directly supports the non-profit’s work providing free sport and play opportunities to 50,000 young people in 45 communities across the city. Urban Initiatives started 20 years ago as an after-school soccer program and has evolved into a citywide sports and play ecosystem that is accelerating change for Chicago’s at-risk families.

"From our Chicago roots to our mission of unlocking positive experiences in youth sports, Sprocket Sports stands with Urban Initiatives," said Rich Gallun, Sprocket Sports CEO. "Their team harnesses the power of sports to champion academic success, social-emotional skills, and social capital for Chicago's youth.”

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

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.

About Urban Initiatives

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