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Family Reach Foundation provides financial relief and heartfelt support to young families fighting cancer by alleviating the burden of everyday expenses that accumulate during a patient's treatment including mortgage payments, transportation and utilities, as well as medical costs not covered by insurance. Family Reach has partnered with high quality hospitals in New England, California, New Jersey and New York and is now expanding into Chicago with help from FTBNL.

Girls in the Game (GIG) provides and promotes sports and fitness opportunities as well as health education and leadership development to enhance the overall health and well-being of girls ages six through 18.  GIG uses sports to teach girls about the important life lessons of teamwork, voice, leadership, confidence and healthy choices.  GIG reaches over 3300 girls in 9-14 age range with over 80% of the girls from low-income homes.

The Peace Basketball League is a new organization sponsored by The Faith Community of St. Sabina to fight violence in Chicago’s south and west sides.  The organization sponsors a year around late night basketball league for 320 at-risk young men ages 15-30.  In addition, the Peace Basketball League provides workshops on conflict resolution, gun violence alternatives, job-readiness and adult education.

CCC’s mission is to create a multiracial, multicultural choral music education organization, shaping the future by making a difference in the lives of children and youth through musical excellence. It serves 3,000 children annually through choirs in 51 public schools, after-school programs in 8 Chicago neighborhoods, and the internationally acclaimed Concert Choir – known as The VOICE of Chicago. The majority of children served come from low-income homes with no other access to music education.

Garfield Park LL strives to make a difference in the lives of the Garfield Park, Austin and North Lawndale youth through the discipline of team play in baseball.  GPLL has enjoyed great success in the last 4 years, having grown to over 400 boy and girl players.  It has been crowned champions of the Major League Baseball Urban Initiative Tournament, has hosted the Little League Illinois District 12 tournament, runs an ACT prep course for its athletes and provides a safe haven for urban youth.

City Year is wholly focused on fighting the national high school dropout crisis. They leverage the talent, energy and idealism of corps members to serve as tutors, mentors and role models in schools to help students stay on track – and get back on track – to graduate.  City Years Long-Term Impact goal is to ensure that over the next 10 years, 80% of students in the schools that City Year serves reach 10th grade successfully.  Students who reach the 10th grade on track and on time are four times more likely to graduate than students who do not.

Wapiti’s mission is to create an enjoyable environment centered on the developmental aspects of rugby focusing on the finest qualities of the game – integrity, physical fitness, responsibility, skill development and sportsmanship – while also having fun. Particular focus has been on placed on inner city outreach and partnerships with Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Park District. The Chicago Public Schools are introducing rugby as an after school program at selected schools and The Wapiti have completed two successful seasons in this program.

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