(CHICAGO) -- Making A Difference Everywhere (M.A.D.E) will host Leaders 4 Chicago 3ON3 Tourney at Seward Park on August 1. Proceeds from the three-on-three basketball tourney will benefit M.A.D.E. programs that target at-risk inner city youth ages 9 - 14. Emcee for the event will be Stephen Bardo, member of the University of Illinois “Flyin’ Illini” and analyst for the Big 10 Network. The tourney runs from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the park, located at 375 W. Elm Street.
The tourney is broken up into four categories: Men and women and teen boys and girls. Teams are matched according to gender and experience level.
The event will help MADE meet the following objectives:
- Raise funds to support M.A.D.E.’s year round programs for at risk inner city youth;
- Provide the community support from several social service agencies;
- Bring awareness in the community about leadership and strong family values;
- Provide a unique event that will assist sponsors with increasing their market share, awareness and image in the community.
“This is a true family-friendly event designed to draw players and families from all areas of the city, “ says M.A.D.E. Co-Founder and Executive Director Theo Hill. Hill goes on to note there has not been a tourney of this magnitude in the city since “Shoot the Bull”.
The 14-year-old M.A.D.E program operates in Chicago Public Elementary Schools in Hyde Park, Fuller Park, Brighton Park, Englewood, Uptown, North Lawndale, Bronzeville (Near South Side) and South Shore. 2015 programs are currently operating at Shoesmith, Hendricks, Bond, Smith, Gompers and Hedges Elementary and in Shields Middle School and Emmett Till Academy.
2015 sponsors of Leaders 4 Chicago 3ON3 Tourney are PepsiCo and WVON Radio. Partners include Chicago Park District, Jane Adams Hull House, Centers for New Horizons, Family Focus, Metropolitan Family Services, Chicago Youth Centers, Gary Comer Youth Center, Friend Family Health Center, Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the University of Illinois Extension and Outreach.
Registration for the Leaders for Chicago 3ON3 begins at 8:30 a.m. and cost per men and women’s team is $60; teen boys and girls team play is $40; vendor tents are available for $75 and sponsorships are also available. For additional info, or to register for the Leaders 4 Chicago 3ON3 visit firstname.lastname@example.org or call 312-600-5320. You can also learn more by visiting madeforchicago on Facebook or @madeforchicago on Twitter. Follow the conversation using the hashtag #leaders4chicago
About MADE - Making A Difference Everywhere
M.A.D.E. is a non-profit charitable organization founded in 2001. Our main focus involves utilizing various multifunctional programs to assist at risk youth who range in age from 9-14 years old to establish a positive and productive lifestyle. Our mission is to develop at risk youth into leaders through Leadership Development Programs and create positive role models using sports. Through sporting activities we are able to reach youth who are difficult, if not impossible to reach via traditional programs. With this, we use various activities to help our kids develop a long-term lifestyle.