PILSEN — With the World Cup in full swing, futbol mania will also reach a fever pitch in Pilsen this weekend as local teams go head to head to raise money for community youth organizations.
Ald. Danny Solis (25th) will host Alderman Solis’ 25th Ward Cup, a one-day soccer tournament Saturday aimed at raising awareness and money for youth organizations in the ward. The event kicks off, literally, at 9:30 a.m. Saturday and ends at 4:30 p.m. at Chitown Futbol, 2343 S. Throop St.
As part of the event, local businesses have entered teams and sponsored youth groups for the tournament.
The all-day extravangza includes food, drinks, soccer contests, and a World Cup viewing party of the Mexico and South Korean match at 10 a.m., followed by Germany versus Sweden at 1 p.m.
The event is free for kids. Tickets for adults are $35 in advance and $40 dollars at the door.
Sol Solis, who is co-organizing the event with the alderman’s office, said they wanted to create an event that would bring small businesses, the community and government together.
“It was easy to get businesses involved,” said Solis, the alderman’s daughter. “Something tells me it will be an annual event.”
The tournament will have 12 teams sponsored by local businesses playing in support of youth organizations. Businesses sponsoring youth organizations at this year’s tournament include: La Casa de Pubelo, Mario’s Italian Lemonade, JC Lict True Hardware, Dot Press, Canton Regio and Dr. Hillary Chang.
“All of the proceeds would be going towards youth programs across the ward,” Solis said.
The following organizations will receive at least $1,000 from the funds raised from Saturday’s event: Harrison Park, Sheridan Park, Ping Tom Park, Fosco Park, Dvorak Park, Merit School of Music, Chicago Mariachi Project, Chicago Dia de los Ninos, SAY Chicago Soccer, Chicago Dragon Youth, Youth Health Service Core, ABC Pilsen, El Valor, UNO Mentoring, Gadshill Community Center, Kitchen Possible, TrueStar Foundation, Legacy TKD Martial Art, Harrison Panthers, Oggi Organization and Chicago Boys Scouts Troop 286.
Additional money will go toward the top four finishers in the organizations.
Solis, who grew up in Pilsen, said she’s a product of the youth programming at Harrison Park.
“I remember going there every day after school, during the summer while my parents worked. I know firsthand how important these after-school programs are for the community.”
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