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Chicago White Sox Charities has renewed their support of BBBSMC with a $20,000 grant award for Project Breakthrough College Readiness Mentoring Program. Youth in the Project Breakthrough program are matched one-to-one with an employee volunteer at one of three corporate partners tied to this initiative (JPMorgan Chase, Morningstar, and Capital One). Project Breakthrough is a three-year program that guides high school students from their sophomore year in high school through to college enrollment, utilizing Big Brothers Big Sisters’ evidence based mentoring model and Umoja Student Development Corporation's College and Career Readiness Program. Three of the four Project Breakthrough programs are currently in their senior year and will be recognized at our Graduation Celebration event this coming July. Chicago White Sox Charities has given $40,000 in support of Project Breakthrough and previously supported BBBSMC’s Boys and Girls Club Mentoring Programs. This makes the Southsiders our biggest professional sports team partner!
The partnership between the White Sox and BBBSMC goes beyond a grant award. The White Sox have opened their gates every season with free tickets throughout the summer for Bigs and Littles to enjoy baseball games together on their mentoring outings. The White Sox have shown over the years that they care about Chicagoland youth through the generous funding support and game day experiences they offer to Big Brothers Big Sisters youth.
Chicago White Sox Charities is viewed as the gold standard in professional sports when it comes to community engagement and financial support of non-profits. Owner and chairman Jerry Reinsdorf has received many awards and accolades for his commitment to public service and community involvement, but Jerry is first to acknowledge the philanthropic work his organization does is a team effort.
“Baseball teams really are owned by the community and it’s an obligation on the part of teams to give back,” said Jerry Reinsdorf.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago is honored to partner with Chicago White Sox Charities and thanks Jerry Reinsdorf and his team for their dedication and commitment in serving Chicago youth.
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