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Investment focuses on Chicago summer jobs

Posted on July 4, 2016

A new investment will go towards youth and affect Chicago summer jobs.

The Chicago Park District announced that camp recreation leaders will begin the summer season with fresh perspective and new skills to bring to their roles, thanks to Nike. Today, Nike launches the Swoosh Summer Academy in Chicago providing more than 1,500 recreation leaders with customized training that will allow them to deliver positive sport and physical activity coaching to the 40,000 children ages 6-12 participating in camps across the Chicago Park District locations this summer.

“This summer, our camp counselors will not only earn a paycheck through One Summer Chicago, but they will lead by example for the more than 40,000 children participating in our park district summer day camps around the city,” Mayor Emanuel said. “I want to thank Nike for bringing the Swoosh Summer Academy to our city to help our One Summer Chicago participants give campers the best experience possible this summer. Programs like these strengthen our city by investing in youth as they grow and develop into the leaders of tomorrow.”

Swoosh Summer Academy will provide recreation leaders, who are employed through the Mayor’s One Summer Chicago program, with specialized training on how to deliver positive youth development through sports.

The training will take traditional coach and leadership training to the next level with Nike’s partner, Up2Us Sports. Additionally, the recreation leaders will be outfitted in Nike apparel and footwear that will enable them to move, lead and inspire with the activities that they will be trained to deliver to the campers.

“Nike believes in the power of sport to unleash human potential, and we’re passionate about helping kids here in Chicago reverse the physical inactivity trend,” said Jim Beeman, GM of Nike Central Territory headquartered in Chicago. “In the face of fewer positive, early experiences and opportunities for kids to get active and stay active, Summer Swoosh Academy has the potential to impact thousands of kids in our city for the better.”

Chicago Park District’s recreation leader positions are part of the Mayor’s One Summer Chicago youth employment initiative. Each year the program brings together public and private organizations to provide thousands of employment and internship opportunities to youth and young adults ages 14 to 24. Since Mayor Emanuel took office, the program has more than doubled, serving more than 30,000 youths this summer.