About Chicago KICS
Chicago KICS (Kids in Chicago Sport) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded by Dr. Scott Hanlon, a family physician and former commissioner of the Chicago Park District under Mayor Richard Daley. Chicago KICS started off in 2006 as the Near South Soccer League (NSSL) a nonprofit, all volunteer youth soccer league with only 50 players. Our mission was simply to promote a healthy sport environment for children with a focus on equal playtime, fun soccer education and community engagement. As our community spirit and participation grew, KICS responded to the demand by offering more expansive soccer programming. Through the process of strategic planning, our organization also developed a more focused mission.
CHICAGO KICS PROMOTES SOCCER AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO BUILD COMMUNITY AND EMPOWER YOUTH
Today, KICS is proud to be the fastest growing youth soccer organization in the city of Chicago serving over 2000 families. With a nonprofit emphasis aimed on providing year-round recreational and competitive programs and initiatives for boys and girls, ages toddler through high school. KICS proudly serves youth from a broad range of multicultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.