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Sports Programs and Youth

Neighborhoods can’t thrive without safe environments for children, families and businesses. For more than a decade, LISC Chicago has engaged young people in neighborhoods through various sports, education, health and safety-related programs. They include Hoops in the Hood and the NFL Grassroots Program

Chicago youth taking in the skyline view at the 2017 Hoops in the Hood Cross-City Finals at Grant Park.
Chicago youth taking in the skyline view at the 2017 Hoops in the Hood Cross-City Finals at Grant Park.

Hoops in the Hood

Hoops in the Hood, a sports-based, community safety initiative that creates safe spaces for youth to interact and build positive relationships with peers and caring adults while making visible use of public spaces and fostering a sense of community. The summer basketball program is currently in 17 neighborhoods, many of which block off “hot-spots” for games. Local control is a key part of the program. Communities pick the locations and times for the program and choose the activities. In some neighborhoods the location is always the same, while others move each week to a new block, Chicago park or local gym.

Over the years, more than 30,000 kids have participated in Hoops programs, learning leadership skills, social responsibility and teamwork, and thousands of other residents have coached, watched their kid play, danced, laughed or simply spent a night out with their neighbors. 

Hoops in the Hood PRESENTS…

The Hoops in the House Challenge


Competition Starts: April 4th 2020

Competition Closes : April 30th 11:59 PM

Accumulate a combined total of at least 250,000 minutes with the entire Hoops in the Hood network (15,000 minutes for each organization)

Credit will be given to those who tag @lisc_chicago and #hoopsinthehouse 

Use popular social media sites (Instagram, Tik Tok, etc…) to organize a month long exercise challenge in order to maintain youth connection and engagement during Chicago’s COVID-19 stay-at-home order.

Log your team's minutes here!


  • Increase participant excitement for Hoops summer programming 

  • Increase youth involvement in marketing Hoops programming

  • Build community and teamwork between Hoops participants, their communities and their organizations

  • Broaden connections between youth around the city

Anyone can participate and add points to their organization, but only Hoops participants would be eligible for the individual prizes


  • $100 Gift Card to the top participants who log in the most amount of minutes

  • $100 Gift Card to the top social media promoters

  • Additional $2000 for the organization with the most amount of minutes

Watch your team's progress reported weekly here on our website.

Make sure you TAG @LISC_Chicago & include the #HoopsintheHouse hashtag to be counted!

NFL Grassroots Program

NFL Grassroots Program, a partnership of the National Football League Foundation and LISC, which funds the construction of neighborhood football fields. The program provides non-profit, neighborhood-based organizations with financial and technical assistance to improve the quality, safety and accessibility of local football fields. The National Football League Foundation provides funding. LISC provides technical assistance and manages the program.