Beyond the Ball
Beyond the Ball is an organization that uses the power of sport to change lives, give hope, reclaim space and develop a culture of opportunities for youth and families in Chicago. We develop youth through a number of programs that help change the negative norms present in neighborhoods and replace them with a positive culture. We also create opportunities for residents to build community through projects that reflect the personal and social responsibility learned in our programs. So while we invest in youth to grow community leaders for the future, we are simultaneously making an impact right now.
Would you like to help Beyond the Ball develop youth and build community? We would love to partner with you. You can make a tax-deductible contribution to Beyond the Ball here.
B-Ball on the Block featured in Jordan Brand's #RISEABOVE CONDITIONS
B-Ball on the Block transforms neighborhood streets as a collaborative effort
with community partners into play spaces every Friday night of the summer
gives youth a chance to play basketball, soccer, volleyball, and more. See its impact in this video created by the Jordan Brand:
Project Play and Thursday leagues kept families safe and fit two nights a week
Project Play, in its fourth summer of reclaiming open space while providing opportunities for families to exercise together, ran throughout May and June, with a "Lite" version happening during July due to construction. Hundreds joined us on Tuesday nights for games and activities on the open field at 31st and Lawndale in Little Village. On Thursday nights, we expanded our basketball leagues for Project Play youth and had a great time! A huge thank you to the Dave Bolland Foundation as well as the Finish Line Youth Foundation, whose support helped make Project Play a reality this summer! See more photos here.
Beyond the Ball featured on CNN for our Bitty Ball program
CNN recently visited our Bitty Ball program, profiling the great work being done by Beyond the Ball. Bitty Ball sessions start again in September. See the video below: