2018 MLK Day of Service Project

ESCO Youth Leaders, Elite SC players, and friends gathered to celebrate MLK Day with our annual service project. Together we made 702 scarves, up 292 from last year!, and collected a full minivan worth of personal care products that we donated to Journeys | The Road Home in Palatine.

JOURNEYS | The Road Home is a non-profit agency that provides shelter, social services and housing to the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless in 37 towns in north/northwest suburban Cook County.

To see more from the day, follow us on social media:
Facebook = @ESCOArlingtonHeights, Instagram = @SupportESCO, Twitter = @SupportESCO

 

ESCO’S 3rd Annual Futsal Shoot Out

Proceeds from this event will benefit ESCO’s Support & Partnership Program which provides free soccer programming for under served youth in CCSD59 and CCSD21.

Eligibility:    U8-U15 (8th Grade) Boys & Girls
When:           Friday, March 2, 2018 from 6:00-9:00PM
Where:          Forest View Educational Center – Field House
Entry Fee:   $100 per Team

*Must be at least two (2) Elite SC players on every team or your registration will be denied.

Game and Team Structure

  • Games are 3v3 with no goalkeepers
  • Maximum 6 players per team, minimum of 3
  • Teams are guaranteed three games
  • Games are 12 minutes with a running clock and subs on the fly
  • Awards given to age group champions
  • Games will run from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Each player receives a T-shirt

Divisions
Divisions* are based on the player’s age U8-U15 (8th grade). If one player is older, the team must sign up for the oldest player’s age. To determine what age group to sign up for, go to this eligibility chart: https://goo.gl/HARXKt – US Soccer Birth Year & Season Matrix

*Tournament directors reserve the right to combine divisions as needed, depending on the number of teams who register. For example, it’s possible that some divisions may have boys and girls teams, or may have multiple ages together.

Step 1: Click Here to Register & Pay for Your Team

Step 2: Each team MUST submit a signed waiver and registration form to play!
Waiver, Rules and Registration Form

The Elite Soccer Community Organization is an IRS designated 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to building community and developing youth through soccer. Visit www.elitesoccercommunity.org to learn more.

Questions? Contact Jay Casaletto at 847-350-9380 or jcasaletto@elitesoccercommunity.org

Inspyr Studios Spin Class Fundraiser

Need help with your upcoming New Year’s resolutions? Donate to ESCO and join us for a Spin Class at Inspyr Studios – a brand new, locally owned fitness studio in Arlington Heights.

Participants will be provided with cycling shoes, towels, full locker room access and a summary of their performance data.

This fundraiser is benefiting ESCO’s Support & Partnership Program which provides free soccer programming to under served youth within CCSD 59 and CCSD 21.

To register and make your donation, click the link above or below and then “Book it Now”. The next screen will take you to a map of the studio where you can reserve your bike. After choosing your bike(s), you will be asked to make your donation to ESCO and set up your account under “Sign Up”.

When: Saturday, January 27, 2018
Where: Inspyr Studios, 2924 West Euclid Avenue, Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Check-In & Bike Fitting: 1:00PM
Class Time: 1:30-2:15PM

Click Here to RegisterESCO Fundraising Ride – Only 40 spots available!
Those ages 15-17 will need a parent to sign a waiver to participate

For more information about Inspyr Studios, visit their Facebook page @Inspyrstudios or www.inspyrstudios.com.

Contact Inspyr Studios directly with any registration questions at 847-749-4630 or hello@inspyrstudios.com.

I’ve already reserved my bike and hope to see you there. Don’t forget your water bottle!

Thank you,

Jay Casaletto
Executive Director
Elite Soccer Community Organization

2017 Thanksgiving Food Drive


On Sunday, November 19, approximately 40 Youth Leaders gathered at Juliette Low Elementary School to sort and assemble baskets that were donated to the Wheeling Township Food Pantry. TOGETHER, they filled 85 complete baskets that will be given to families within our community, so they too can have a Thanksgiving meal they will always remember. We also collected over $1100 in gift cards that were donated. Great job Youth Leaders!

 

Pinktober Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Pinktober Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign
With over 600 pink jerseys sold for our Breast Cancer Awareness campaign we raised $2500 for Northwest Community Healthcare’s “Gift a Mammogram” program. Thank you Elite SC and Elite SC Team Managers!

 

SAVE THE DATE!!! – 2018 Golf Outing at Rolling Green CC

FREE Clinic at Arlington Park Backstretch

 

ESCO was so honored to be able to offer a FREE clinic for 60 youth at the Arlington Park Backstretch on June 25th as part of a special summer camp program.  Special thanks to all of our volunteers for helping out that day!

 

 

After School Session Completes Spring 2017 Season

ESCO just completed its 5th season of free soccer programming for CCSD59 at John Jay Elementary School.  Due to high demand, ESCO held 2 sessions at John Jay, with a new record of 107 total kids registered for 2nd-5th graders from a variety of schools within the district!  ESCO also completed its third season for CCSD21 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders at Robert Frost Elementary School in Mt. Prospect. 30 students participated in that program.  Special thanks to all the Youth Leaders and adult volunteers who helped out this season!

The 6-week FREE Sunday morning program featured a training session followed by small sided games each week. ESCO’s FREE programming is designed to bring soccer to underserved youth who do not normally have access to, or the opportunity, to experience soccer from professional coaches in a structured environment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special thanks to the Waddell family for donating treats for the last session at both programs!

Additional thanks to the Alpha Omega Plastics, Sieg Marketing, CCSD59, Kiki’s Gluten Free Foods, Costello Dental, and Next Realty for sponsoring t-shirts for all participants.

 

 

 

 

Youth Leaders at Camp Duncan

ESCO Youth Leaders ended their 2016-2017 year with an outdoor team building outing at the Camp Duncan YMCA on June 11th. The outing each year offers a great team building opportunity, allows them utilize their leadership skills gained over the course of the year, and  provide some fun fellowship with their peers!  They enjoyed the team challenges, boating, and the climbing wall!

 

 

2017 ESCO College Scholarship Winners Announced!

Congratulations to Danielle Allaire and Sean Lonigro, the 2017 winners of The Elite Soccer Community Organization’s (ESCO) College Scholarships! Both winners will each receive a $1,000 college scholarship to go towards college tuition at Miami University (Danielle) and Creighton University (Sean) for the upcoming school year.

Danielle Allaire graduated with highest honors from Buffalo Grove High school where she was President of the Blue Crew, DECA, and was a peer tutor and mentor.  She also was one of the founders of Elevate, a healthy lifestyle group.  Danielle was a captain for her High School soccer and tennis teams, as well as for her Elite S.C. soccer team, and served as President of ESCO’s Youth Leader Advisory Council.  She graduated with a 5.57/5.0 GPA and was an Illinois State Scholar, National Merit Commended Scholar, National Honor Society member, Seven Semester Honor Roll recipient, Female Principal Award Winner, and Senior Biology Department Award Winner, to name a few.  “Soccer, and specifically the community service aspect of ESCO, is one of the things I am most passionate about and attribute a lot of who I am today to the coaches and local adults that keep it up and running.”

Sean Lonigro graduated from St. Viator High School where he was an active member of the soccer and basketball teams, Pep Band, Campus Ministry, and Service and Song Committee member.  He was a Captain and MVP for his soccer team his Senior year.  Sean volunteered as a Junior Coach at the ALITHSA Soccer Camp, and at his local parish helping with religious education and other activities.  Sean was also an active member of ESCO’s Youth Leadership Program, serving on its Youth Advisory Council. “ESCO has given me an amazing opportunity to be part of this soccer community, pay forward my time and talent, and help build relationships through the great game of soccer.”  Sean was an Honor Roll recipient all four years of High School, and received the Lions Spirit Award for basketball his Freshman year.  This multi-talented young man also participated in the school musical this year.

The ESCO Scholarship Fund was established to support students who have participated in programs affiliated with Elite Soccer in their academic endeavors in post-secondary education.

The ESCO scholarship committee consisted of several ESCO Board of Directors. The ESCO Executive Director, as the administrator of the program, received the applications, logged them in for tracking purposes and removed any identification on the application to make the candidate anonymous to the committee.

Winners were chosen primarily based upon the candidates possessing the following criteria: (1) citizenship, leadership, good sportsmanship and have participated activities that demonstrate a true role model in the community, (2) a demonstrated love and passion for the game of soccer throughout the candidate’s participation career. Also included in the criteria was an individual’s academic/scholastic and associated honors as well as any outside (non-school related) honors.

Both winners will be honored at ESCO’s 6th Annual Golf Outing dinner program on July 13th at Old Orchard Country Club.