Sean Phillips Serves as Clinician for America SCORES Chicago

Phillips instructs those in attendance at Douglas Park.
Phillips instructs those in attendance at Douglas Park.

May 14, 2013

CHICAGO - UIC head men's soccer coach Sean Phillips served as a clinician for America SCORES Chicago last week, continuing the program's partnership with the year-round soccer and health curriculum.

For the third-straight year, Phillips volunteered his services at an annual education clinic for Chicago Public Schools (CPS) teachers and coaches whose schools are partnered with America SCORES Chicago. The event, which was held at Douglas Park in North Lawndale, focused on traditional soccer methods, and how to apply them to an urban setting.

"It is always great to work with America SCORES Chicago," said Phillips. "Each coach who came out last week is a great example of CPS teachers continuing to find unique ways to enhance the lives of their students through soccer and education.

"Hopefully each coach, some of whom had very limited soccer experiences before America SCORES Chicago got involved in their schools, can take back some of the activities to their students and increase their enjoyment of the game while still raising their awareness of the importance of their academics."

Phillips and the UIC men's soccer program have an ongoing relationship with America SCORES Chicago. Last September, the Great America SCORES "Soccer Dribble" was held at Flames Field, the home to UIC Soccer. The event was a fundraiser to beat the Guinness World Record for the most soccer balls ever dribbled by a group at one time.

The mission of America SCORES Chicago is to inspire urban youth to lead healthy lives, be engaged students, and have the confidence and character to make a difference in the world.

America SCORES Chicago's unique mix of soccer, poetry and service-learning gives students the means and the motivation to become leaders in their schools and their communities.