The Kick It Forward program was founded in August 2017 through the inspiration & vision of Brian Gilboy. With Brian’s tenacity and desire to help the less fortunate and the generosity of the donors and volunteers, the program has distributed over 1500 items and outfitted 10 teams all over the world to date (August 2020)
The Kick it Forward Program is designed to level the playing field for those in need, locally and globally. Coordinated by volunteers using resources and guidance from Ela Soccer leadership, these programs will strengthen the Ela Soccer community through helping others. Local and international programs will allow us to fully utilize our donations supply and establish sustainable momentum for the program. The Program will be driven by the generosity and energy of volunteers and supported by Ela Soccer Club.
The new uniform cycles provide an excellent opportunity for our international program to quickly gain momentum. It is unlikely many players will continue to wear their kits after they receive their new uniforms, leaving an excess of unusable gear. Ela's branding makes it unreasonable for uniforms to be distributed locally or nationally. However, there is a significant need for quality apparel in less fortunate communities around the world. Our intention is to identify several international affiliations that could benefit from the program and establish an ongoing partnership between our communities. This partnership would allow us to connect with those we are assisting, thus strengthening the program.
The Free Kick Program provides gently used equipment at no charge to members of the ESC community. This program directly assists those who may have a budding interest in the game or do not have the resources to acquire the necessary equipment to compete. Items will be distributed on an as-needed basis . Again, program success will rely on the generosity of the community to build an inventory for future distribution.
Often players outgrow their cleats before they outwear them. As the expense of footwear climbs, it can be frustrating to purchase and retire several pairs of shoes a year over the spring, fall and winter seasons. The Exchange allows players to exchange functioning footwear for a similar pair (type and condition) in a different size. This program will relieve some burden of the expense of outfitting their player throughout the season while assisting others in the Club.
Uniform donation made its way to an orphanage in Sierra Leone through the The Raining Seasons The Covering Project - a home to almost 100 children living in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Global Doing Good supports a variety of people in need close to and far from home. With the help of Global Doing Good we were able to distribute uniforms to 3 schools in Costa Rica
Equipment donated to this Chicago based 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