Girls in the Game Wins Inaugural Chicago Neighborhood Award
The winners were announced at an event held at Chicago’s Harris Theater on Tuesday, October 25, with nearly 1500 business and civic leaders, and supporters of innovation in attendance. The Chicago Innovation Awards, celebrating its 15th year, is the Chicago region’s foremost recognition of the most innovative new products or services brought to market or to public service each year.
Girls in the Game was founded in 1995 by a group of Chicago women who understood the importance of sports in their life and its utility in their careers as leaders. They wanted to offer an all-girls environment to experience leadership, sports, and focus on health without stigma or barriers.
The afterschool program originally started in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Its partnership with charter schools, Chicago Public Schools, and the Chicago Park District has allowed it to expand citywide. It is a year-long curriculum program for girls in elementary, middle school, and high school focusing on leadership, sports, and health issues. When school is not in session, there are School Break Clinics. During the summer, a five week camp is offered that provides busing for the girls to the Douglas Park field house.
“Local innovators continue to illuminate the Chicago region as a growing hotbed of creative activity that cuts across all sectors and industries,” said Tom Kuczmarski, co-founder with Chicago journalist Dan Miller of the awards. “Every winner of the Chicago Innovation Awards demonstrates how a unique solution to an unmet need can bring transformative impact in the marketplace.”
The winning organizations receive a variety of honors including the opportunity to ring the NASDAQ Bell in New York City, and meetings with the Mayor, Governor and Cook County President.
“A record-breaking 643 organizations nominated for this year’s awards,” said Luke Tanen, Executive Director of the Chicago Innovation Awards. “We are seeing an influx of talent and capital that continues to fuel innovation activity in the Chicago region.”
The complete list of this year’s Chicago Innovation Award winners can be found at www.chicagoinnovationawards.com.
The Chicago Innovation Awards are supported by Gold Sponsors Comcast Business, Wintrust Financial and SMS Assist; Silver Sponsors Tyson, Vedder Price, LinkedIn and others.