Cubs Care grants support a number of organizations committed to bringing quality sports programming to Chicagoans.
Cubs Care grants fund the Union League Boys & Girls Clubs RBI program. The league provides equipment, uniforms and instruction for approximately 300 mostly minority teens ages 13 to 18 living in some of the poorest community areas in Chicago.
Each year, the top two Junior teams and the top two Senior teams have the opportunity to compete on the field for the league championship at Wrigley Field. In addition, the Junior and Senior All-Star Teams travel to Minnesota for the Regional Tournaments to compete for the chance to participate in the RBI World Series in Jupiter, Florida.
Please contact the Union League Boys and Girls Clubs at (312) 829-6840 for more information.
Since 1993, Cubs Care grants have funded an adult wheelchair softball team-the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) Cubs. Created by the RIC to expand athletic opportunities for physically challenged adults, the RIC Cubs are tremendously talented athletes. The team won the Wheelchair World Series in 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2008. Please contact the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at (312) 238-5001 for more information.
The Chicago Cubs have long supported the RIC Cubs and programs for persons with disabilities. A Cubs Care grant funded construction of the first wheelchair baseball park in Illinois for use the by the RIC Cubs and other athletes with disabilities. This state-of-the-art field, built in partnership with the Chicago Park District and the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities, features a specially designed asphalt playing surface, an electronic scoreboard and a spectator area.
Inner City Youth Baseball provides recreational activities for more than 260 kids ages 9 to 12 who live in Chicago Housing Authority developments and scattered site housing throughout Chicago. The need for inexpensive, structured summer recreation is extremely important in these communities. In addition, the program addresses the growing issue of the declining participation of African Americans in baseball by exposing African American youth (which comprise of 97% of the program participants) to the game of baseball. The program is operated in partnership with the Chicago Police Department, Chicago Housing Authority and the Chicago Park District. Please contact the Chicago Park District at (312) 742-PLAY for more information.
Cubs Care grants also support the Chicago Park District's Special Recreation programs, which are geared towards helping children and adults with special needs. They include Beep Baseball for the visually impaired, Buddy Baseball for the physically challenged, Deaf & Hard of Hearing softball for the hearing impaired and Alternative Athletic Conference (AAC) softball for those with learning/behavioral problems. Please contact the Chicago Park District at (312) 742-PLAY for more information.