On March 8, 2014 at the House of Blues, World Sport Chicago hosted their inaugural Spin To Break The Cycle event! The event was held over several levels of the renowned concert arena, from the main stage to the opera boxes. World Sport Chicago is a non-profit that teaches positive values and leadership through sport. World Sport Chicago promotes programs and events as well as collaborates with several community partners, public agencies and Chicago’s professional sports teams to deliver impact and change.
One of their most impressive programs is called Becoming a Man, where men mentor teenage and pre-teen men in sports like boxing, wrestling, rugby, in order to use sports to engage physically but also serves their emotional and mental needs. 80%-90% of the children they serve are considered at-risk youth. Play Streets is another program that turns a neighborhood into a safe, fun space for activities that the whole neighborhood can participate in. Another program is called Play, where elementary school kids can play soccer with professional teams, like the Chicago Fire. Through their programming, there has been a 44% reduction in violent crime in the neighborhoods they serve.
Over 380 riders raised over $150,00 to directly benefit the programming of World Sport Chicago. In addition, Fitness Formula Club provided spin instructors for the all day affair, and sold each spinning bike for $150 to benefit the charity and not a bike was left unclaimed!
I spoke with Scott Myer, Executive Director of World Sport Chicago and he spoke about the most moving part of the day. He talked about the excitement surrounding the awareness that was being created for the program, participants were curious about how they could get involved and how they could participate. Some of the neighborhoods they serve are Englewood, Little Village, Austin, and Roseland, some of the most under-served neighborhoods in Chicago. WSC works with schools, the Chicago Park District, and community organizations that work to understand what the needs of the neighborhoods. WSC is working to prove the link between sports and academics with the University of North Carolina and the University of Chicago.
In addition to the pumped up workouts that were going on all day, participants were able to walk up to the second floor of the House of Blues to get snacks and drinks at the bar. I also spoke with Amy Rosko, Director of Development at World Sport Chicago talked about the energy and the excitement in the room and how heartwarming it was to see all of the supporters that wanted to make a difference and know more about WSC. She was also amazed at the sponsorship and dedication from Fitness Formula Clubs, for the spin instructors, the bikes, and their unwavering support to the event!