Cubs Jr. All-Stars (CJAS) is a multi-tiered program for children in kindergarten through eighth grade that blends “fun” diamond sport instruction with activities that build social and emotional skills.
Rooted in evidenced-based practices, CJAS’s adaptable curriculum allows for implementation in a variety of settings (i.e., does not require a baseball field to implement) therefore has the potential to reach thousands of children and adults across Chicago. Since the launch of Cubs Jr. All-Stars in 2017, the program has evolved from a four-week summer camp to include curricula for physical education classes and structured leagues.
Program goals include:
- Introduce the fundamentals of baseball/softball in a fun, non-competitive environment
- Develop (age-appropriate) proficiency in core baseball/softball skills
- Build competency in social and emotional skills
- Involve teachers, parents and league coaches
- Promote a love of the game
In 2019, more than 4,300 children participated in CJAS programs across 10 participating schools, 12 camps and four neighborhood leagues.
Participating schools included John Barry Elementary School, Christopher House Elementary School, Claremont Academy, Michael Faraday Elementary School, Franklin Fine Arts Center, William C. Goudy Elementary, Friedrich L. Jahn Elementary, North River Elementary School, National Teachers Academy and James Ward Elementary.
Summer camp was held at John Barry Elementary School, Jacob Beidler Elementary School, Brighton Park Elementary School, Gunsaulus Scholastic Academy, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Academy of Social Justice, Lawndale Community Academy, Richard Henry Lee Elementary, Henry D. Lloyd Elementary, Marquette School of Excellence, James Otis Elementary, Adlai Stevenson Elementary and Tarkington School of Excellence.
League partners included Garfield Park Little League, Little Village Little League, Roberto Clemente Little League and Warren Park Youth Baseball League.
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Corporate Partners include Advocate Health Care, ATI Physical Therapy, Motorola and Orangetheory Fitness.
Since 2013, nearly 7,000 children have participated in Cubs Jr. All-Stars.