- Signature Programs
The Chicago Cubs through Cubs Charities and Cubs Care, a fund of the McCormick Foundation support a number of organizations committed to bringing quality sports programming to youth in Chicago.
Through a partnership with the Cubs and Major League Baseball, the Union League Boys & Girls Club conducts Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI). This outreach program is designed to increase urban youth and inner-city kids' interest and participation in baseball and softball by reintroducing and rebuilding America's pastime in underserved communities and emphasizing positive values such as teamwork, fair play and discipline.
A Cubs Care grant fully funds the RBI program provides equipment, uniforms and instruction for more than 300 teens living in low-income areas in Chicago. In 2015, the Cubs RBI Seniors team won the Regional Championship and went to the RBI World Series in Texas.
Cubs Care Girls Fast Pitch Softball offers an eight-team girls softball league for young women ages 11-14 and a farm system beginner's clinic for girls ages 8-10. Girls softball offers participants a structured and safe after-school program and lessons of sportsmanship and working together. Launched in 2010, more than 400 young women and girls have participated in the program.
The Rehabilitation of Institute of Chicago (RIC) Caring for Kids program provides an opportunity for low income children ages 7-16 living with physical disabilities to participate in inclusive, welcoming and adaptive sports and recreational activities. Cubs Care funding supports a summer camp visited by Cubs players each year as well as weekend and school break adaptive programs for a variety of sports and three junior competitive sports teams. In 2015 RIC Junior Cubs won the 2015 World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.
A partnership with the Chicago Park District, Rookie League is an introductory league for 6- to 9- year olds. The league is available at no charge to the participants. The league has grown to 80 locations with more than 500 teams. Each year, more than 5,500 children from neighborhoods throughout Chicago participate in the program. Please contact the Chicago Park District at (312) 742-PLAY for more information.
Inner City Youth Baseball provides recreational activities for more than 480 kids ages 9-12 who live in Chicago Housing Authority developments and scattered site housing throughout Chicago. Inner City Youth Baseball is chartered with Major League Baseball's Jr. RBI League and is a collaborative effort between the Chicago Police Department, Chicago Housing Authority and the Chicago Park District. Please contact the Chicago Park District at (312) 742-PLAY for more information.
Cubs Care grants also support the Chicago Park District's Special Recreation programs, which are geared towards helping children and adults with special needs. They include Beep Baseball for the visually impaired, Buddy Baseball for the physically challenged, Deaf & Hard of Hearing softball for the hearing impaired and Alternative Athletic Conference (AAC) softball for those with learning/behavioral problems. Please contact the Chicago Park District at (312) 742-PLAY for more information.
Kerry Wood Cubs Field is now open for the community to enjoy and for local athletes to improve their skills while fostering their love of baseball.
Former Chicago Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood, Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts and Cubs Charities Board Chair Laura Ricketts joined members of the community and local high school athletes in officially opening Kerry Wood Cubs Field during the grand opening and ceremonial ribbon cutting in September 2015.
The new ballpark, located on Rockwell Street at Addison Street, is used for Chicago Public High School League baseball games, as well as IHSA state baseball playoffs. The Chicago Park District also makes the field available for recreational leagues and use by the general public.
The Cubs, Cubs Charities, Wood Family Foundation, City of Chicago, State of Illinois, Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Schools, Turner Construction, Clayco, DeVry University and Weiss Architects all contributed to make the ballpark project possible.
Little Cubs Field at Humboldt Park is a ballpark built in and for a community whose passion for baseball is second to none. The Cubs partnered with the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago and former Alderman Billy Ocasio to raise $2 million to make this dream a reality.
Little Cubs Field's design highlights some of the well-known elements of Wrigley Field. The scoreboard is reminiscent of the famed Wrigley Field Marquee, and the grandstand features a roofline like the major league park.
When the baseball field at Hamlin Park was badly in need of repair, the Cubs joined the Chicago Park District, the McCormick Foundation, local officials and the Hamlin Park Baseball Association to create Cubs Care Legends Fields - named in honor of Cubs legends Ernie Banks, Ryne Sandberg, Ron Santo, and Billy Williams.
The Chicago Cubs have long supported the RIC Cubs and programs for persons with disabilities. A Cubs Care grant funded construction of the first wheelchair baseball park in Illinois for use by the RIC Cubs and other athletes with disabilities. This state-of-the-art field, built in partnership with the Chicago Park District and the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities, features a specially designed asphalt playing surface, an electronic scoreboard and a spectator area.