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.

 

 

 

Car Wash Fundraiser June 3rd

 

Thanks so much for everyone who came out to support our 1st Car Wash Fundraiser at Rolling Meadows High School on Saturday, June 3rd!  We raised $711 to support ESCO College Scholarships, as well as D214’s Education Foundation’s first-generation programming, which supports college visits for students who will become the first in their family to complete a postsecondary degree.

Special thanks to all the Youth Leaders who volunteered that day to wash all the cars!  We were especially honored to wash a Rolling Meadows Fire Truck!

Extra thanks to Lambros Kalamaris for donating all of the car washing supplies!



Free Pre-K Clinics at SD214’s Women’s & Children’s Center

ESCO again partnered with District 214’s Women’s & Children’s Center to provide FREE soccer clinics for youth this Spring. The Center helps low income, female immigrants gain basic skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing English in order to increase their readiness skills for gaining employment. Children ages 5 and under attend early education childhood classes while their mothers attend adult classes. ESCO held two Pre-K soccer clinics for youth on March 10th and April 7th.

 

ESCO Offers Another Clinic for SD214 Newcomer Center

 

On March 15th ESCO provided its second FREE clinic to 27 students enrolled in SD214’s Newcomer Center.  Immigrant students with limited English language skills enroll in the Newcomer Center for a maximum of one or two semesters and one summer school session (6 weeks). The Newcomer Center is designed to meet the learning needs of high school aged second language learners who recently arrived in the United States and have minimal years of schooling. After completing the program, students are transitioned to their home high school.

2017 Juggle-a-thon & 3 v3 Futsal Shoot Out

Thanks to all who supported ESCO’s 5th Annual Juggle-a-thon and 2nd Annual 3 v 3 Futsal Shoot Out on Friday, March 3rd! We were THRILLED to get 21 teams to participate in the 3 v 3 futsal shoot out this year!  Both events combined to make just over $4,000 to go towards ESCO’s FREE soccer programming for underserved youth in the area!

Thank you so much to our sponsors of the 3 v 3 Futsal Shoot out: Costello Dental Excellence, Alpha Omega Plastics, Elite S.C., and Graphix and More!

Congratulations to the following teams for winning their divisions:

U8/U9:  The Ronaldninos, U10/U11: BDMN, U12/U13: Dream Team, U14/U15: Brust #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to our Juggle-a-thon winners:

U9 Boys- Ryan Hauser: 12

U10 Girls- Gretchen Chianelli: 21

U10 Boys- Chase Ries: 7

U11 Boys- Braden Hauser: 168

U12 Girls- Kailey Soltys: 21

U12 Boys- Nick Casaletto: 94

U13 Girls- Olivia Chianelli: 357

U13 Boys- Sam Heintz: 20

U15 Girls- Laine Hackmann: 24

U15 Boys- David Lavender: 147

U17 Girls- Martina Macaggi: 17

Special thanks to Chicago Red Stars mascot Supernova for attending, and to all the volunteers who made the event possible!

2017 Feed My Starving Children Service Project

Thanks so much to the 110 ESCO Youth Leaders, Elite S.C. families and friends who joined us for a two night service project at Feed My Starving Children in Schaumburg on February 15th and February 16th.  Over the two nights, our volunteers packed a combined total of 196 boxes providing 42,336 meals to 171 kids for a year.  Great job!

 

The Ins & Outs of Becoming a Certified Soccer Referee

THANKS FOR COMING!

Click HERE to see the presentation given by Dale Litney.

 

 

Youth Leaders Celebrate MLK Day with Service Project

ESCO Youth Leaders spent MLK Day making 410 scarves to donate to Button and Zipper, a coat drive, organized in 2013, to help Chicagoans in need stay warm during the winter months. In addition, Youth Leaders gathered three large garbage bags full of winter outerwear to donate. GREAT JOB!