CHICAGO (STMW) — Former Bulls star and hall-of-famer Scottie Pippen will start his second year of a partnership with Nike to offer free basketball skills clinics in neighborhood parks across the city, according to a statement from Mayor Emanuel’s office Tuesday. The free clinics, known as Chi League Parks, will be held every Saturday this summer, starting May 31.
In addition to Chi League Parks, Chi League Pro-Am is a 10-week pro-am series featuring 12 neighborhood teams comprised of 180 elite basketball players, including 30 current and former professional basketball players, the city said.
Chi League School is an intensive basketball and life skills development program for high school student-athletes who want to improve their skills but do not have the opportunity to get invited to premier off-season leagues.
Like Chi League Parks, Chi League School also expanded this year to include both boys and girls and will serve 400 high school students, up from 100 last year, according to the city. Sessions during the five-week program offer advanced basketball clinics and mentorship opportunities.
Individuals can register for Chi League Parks by visiting parks in-person and selecting a 9 to 13 age grouping or a 14 to 18 year age grouping. Additional dates and locations for the remainder of the year will be released later this summer, the city said.
“In addition to being a healthy activity, basketball programs can teach our kids important life lessons like teamwork and good sportsmanship,” said Park District Superintendent Kelly. “The Park District is pleased to again partner with Nike to provide more positive opportunities for Chicago youth, right in their neighborhood parks.”
For a full schedule, visit the Chicago Park District website or call (312) 742-7529.
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