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An All Star Experience

This entry was written by Monet Forte’-Wilson, Program Director for Tomorrows Youth Foundation, who has brought students to the Chicago All Star Football and Cheer Camp

The Calumet City Chargers Youth Cheer Camp Football Program has been attending the IIF All Star Camp in Chicago for nearly 5 years. The camp is an awesome opportunity for our boys and girls to train with some of the best in football and cheer. The experience of having an opportunity to speak and play with Izzy is one that our kids talk about all season.

There are very few athletes that give back the way that Izzy does. He relates with the children in a way that empowers them to go out into the world and be the best they can be. He provides a no cost camp for youth who often times can’t afford the expensive camps or even tickets to professional stadium games. Izzy and the IIF staff do a great job of including a population of youth that are ofter overlooked.

Anyone that makes the kids in our program feel special is a total All Star in our book. We are proud to be a community partner and we look forward to the continued success of the Israel Idonije Foundation.

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MAYOR EMANUEL AND ISRAEL IDONIJE ISSUE FRIENDLY CHALLENGE TO “RAHM’S READERS”

MAYOR EMANUEL AND ISRAEL IDONIJE ISSUE FRIENDLY CHALLENGE TO “RAHM’S READERS”
If Children Read 2 Million Books This Summer, Mayor and Idonije Will Participate in the Annual Chicago “Polar Plunge”

See the full interview from Windy City Times: http://windycitylive.com/video?id=9158573&pid=

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Bears star Israel Idonije today issued a friendly challenge to the children participating in “Rahm’s Readers” as part of the start of the first citywide Chicago Summer of Learning: if they read a total of 2 million books, the Mayor, Idonije and Chicago Public Library Commissioner Brian Bannon will jump into Lake Michigan during the annual Chicago Polar Plunge benefiting the Special Olympics. Last summer, Rahm’s Readers read a total of 1.5 million books.

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