METROsquash wins United Airlines Chicago Impact Award

METROsquash wins United Airlines Chicago Impact Award

Beyond Sport, the global initiative that promotes, develops and funds the use of sport to create positive social change, is delighted to announce that METROsquash - a Chicago-based program that uses sport to encourage disengaged youth to pursue academic achievement - is the winner of the United Airlines Chicago Impact Award.

METROsquash, which runs sport programs for youth in the Woodlawn, Hyde Park, Kenwood, Washington Park and Bronzeville neighborhoods in Chicago, will now receive $50,000 of funding and business support from United Airlines and Beyond Sport.

METROsquash, which was voted the organization with the sport project that has made the greatest impact in a Chicagoland community, will be able to continue, and even expand, the great work it is doing in the communities it serves.

Selected from over 55 Chicago-based programs that applied for the Award and a shortlist of 5 nominees that went forward to the public vote, METROsquash was presented with the Award at a special reception at the United Center hosted by Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley during the global Beyond Sport Summit 2010.

“As Chicago’s hometown airline and global airline partner of Beyond Sport, we are thrilled to recognize such a deserving organization with the United Airlines Chicago Impact Award,” said Pete McDonald, executive vice president and chief administrative officer for United.

“We believe in the importance of connecting with our communities to help solve critical needs, and the work that METROsquash is doing is having a tangible, positive impact in several Chicagoland communities.”

To learn more about the METROsquash program and the other nominees for the United Airlines Chicago Impact Award, visit the Awards section of

Joining Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley at the Summit 2010 to help further the mission of Beyond Sport and discuss ways to accelerate the positive impact of sport on communities are a number of influential global figures including HRH Prince Faisal Al Hussein of Jordan; multi-Olympic gold medallists Ian Thorpe and Michael Johnson; US Senator and former Presidential Candidate Bill Bradley; and Care USA specialist Dr. Auma Obama.

The Summit 2010 is also being attended by over 700 leaders from business, sport, social innovation, and government, with high-profile representatives from companies and organizations from around the world.

For further information contact:

Drew Barrand
Head of Media & Communications
Beyond Sport
Tel: +44 (0)20 3355 8133
BB: +11 44 7808 793 434 (if calling from US)
Cell: +44 (0)777 624 2904


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