On Friday, October 21st, over 100 Urban Initiatives participants from Jahn, North River, Howe, Bateman, and Jordan took a trip to Wilmette to play in the 16th Wilmette Crosstown. One of the longest running UI events, the Wilmette Crosstown demonstrates one of the hallmarks of our programs: using sport and play to bridge communities.
As UI teams arrived at Avoca Park, they were welcomed by over 60 new and familiar Wings players who were eagerly awaiting their arrival. After warming up and reconnecting with friends from years past, teams of combined Wings and UI players were split up and game play started.
Both UI and Wings parents filled the sidelines, cheering on their players with each shot on goal, save, defensive stop, and well-timed pass. Older Wings players kept things fun and organized as referees on each field, praising good sportsmanship and teamwork.
After many rotations, game play ended with many smiling faces, rosy cheeks, and of course, hungry bellies. Parents, players, and families joined together for a delicious Pizza Party, which was the perfect way to conclude an afternoon of soccer and rekindled friendship!
Urban Initiatives would like to thank the entire Wings community for another unforgettable Wilmette Crosstown. We would not be more thankful for your continued support and partnership in providing this experience for our parents, kids, and staff. We’re already looking forward to next year’s 17th Wilmette Crosstown!