On Wednesday May 3rd, Friends of Amundsen, Cubs Charities, Local Initiatives Support Corporation Chicago (LISC Chicago), celebrated with an on-field presentation of a $150,000 award. This now brings the total award up to $250,000 for Amundsen High School baseball and softball programs.
This represents an investment in the youth of our community, by supporting our local high schools and our community. Thanks to Cubs Charities Diamond Project, the Chicago Park District and LISC Chicago we are now able to expand opportunities and foster the love of baseball and softball.
The goal of Cubs Charities Diamond Project is to expand opportunities for children and teenagers to play baseball and softball, create or preserve green space and to foster a love of the game. Through the Diamond Project, Cubs Charities provides funds to non-profit, neighborhood-based organizations to support capital improvement projects that improve the quality, safety and accessibility of local baseball and softball fields or indoor training facilities with the technical assistance of Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Chicago.
“LISC Chicago’s mission is to connect neighborhoods to the resources they need to become stronger and healthier – and, support great neighborhood spaces like the baseball fields at Amundsen High School and Winnemac Park.
While Amundsen High School baseball and softball teams call Winnemac Park baseball fields their home fields, the park hosts a number of different baseball and softball programs spanning from mid-April through November. In addition to park programing, many area softball and baseball leagues including Welles Park Baseball use Winnemac Park diamonds for practice, engaging both youth and adults.
Since 2014, Cubs Charities Diamond Project has awarded nearly $1 million in grants to support 28 youth leagues and 18 capital improvement projects across Chicago.
About Friends of Amundsen
Friends of Amundsen was founded in 2012 to support the educational mission of Amundsen High School. FOA is made up of parents, teachers, alumni and community members helping Amundsen continue to be an outstanding high school of choice in Chicago. Anyone that is a "friend" to Amundsen High School is considered a member of Friends of Amundsen! All friends are welcome at every event, fundraiser, and board meeting! For more information, please visit https://www.friendsofamundsen.org
About Amundsen High School
Amundsen High School is a stand-out choice among all neighborhood high schools in Chicago for many reasons, including:
- Top perfoming & competitive IB program
- Thriving athletic programs
- Unwaivering committment to providing every student an authentic college & career prep experience
Amundsen High School students adopt a school-wide value system, The Viking Way, which fosters development of Accountable, Honorable, and Scholarly students. For more information, please visit https://www.friendsofamundsen.org
Cubs Charities harnesses the passion of Cubs fans to improve the lives of children and families across Chicago and beyond. Cubs Charities’ goal is to provide increased access to sports opportunities and target improvements in health, fitness and education for those at risk. Through grants to quality nonprofit programs, development of parks and baseball fields, and other community initiatives, the Cubs and Cubs Charities help fulfill a commitment to be the best in the game, on and off the field. For more information, visit www.cubscharities.org.
About LISC Chicago
LISC Chicago connects neighborhoods to the resources they need to become stronger and healthier. Part of the national nonprofit Local Initiatives Support Corporation, LISC Chicago provides grants, loans, technical assistance and other resources to more than 70 partner organizations in low- and moderate-income communities across Chicago. When neighborhoods are connected to the right resources and work together to advance robust, coordinated community development plans, they are better positioned to participate in the region’s economic growth. For more information visit, lisc-chicago.org.