Developing the next generation of leaders starts with a strong foundation in health and fitness. The Cubs work with several organizations to emphasize the values of physical fitness through baseball and softball.
The Cubs and Cubs Charities are committed to improving the health of Chicago's children and growing the next generation of baseball fans. To help address childhood obesity and to promote fitness and baseball, Cubs Charities developed the Cubs Jr. All-Stars Spring Training Physical Education Program and Summer Program, encouraging kids to play every day. The mission of the Cubs Jr. All-Stars program is to get kids active and healthy while having fun playing baseball.
In 2018, more than 3,000 children from 13 schools across Chicago participated in the Cubs Jr. All-Stars Summer Program and Cubs Jr. All-Star Spring Training Program. Cubs Jr. All-Stars PE students participated in a five-week curriculum taught by their school PE teacher in conjunction with the All-Stars social-emotional values. Summer program participants enjoyed a four-week summer camp in partnership with Urban Initiatives, where they stayed active by playing baseball along with practicing social-emotional values.
Participating schools included Alfred Nobel Elementary School, Brian Piccolo Elementary School, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Academy of Social Justice, Franklin Fine Arts Center, Gunsaulus Scholastic Academy, Henry D. Lloyd Elementary School, Jacob Beidler Elementary School, Jahn School of Fine Arts, John Barry Elementary School, North River Elementary School, Richard Henry Lee Elementary School, Stevenson Elementary School and Tarkington School of Excellence.
Kids who followed the Cubs Jr. All- Stars Summer Program monitored their daily baseball activities through weekly fitness logs and were rewarded with a trip to Gallagher Way and fitness-related prizes.
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Corporate Partners include Advocate Healthcare, ATI Physical Therapy, Motorola, Tropicana and Testa Produce.
Since 2013, our team has worked with more than 7,000 kids in Chicago public schools.