We are in the final weeks of a 15-week Late Nite Flight Basketball program at the Kroc Center. We have about 75 guys ages 17-26 participating. Their championship playoff games are going to be happening this Saturday night, January 24th. Then, the program will culminate in an Awards and recognition banquet on Jan. 28th.

What makes this program unique, is that it’s about much more than basketball. And it’s about more than giving young men a safe haven from the streets…it’s about opening doors to new opportunities.


In order to play in the league, the young men are required to participate in workshops and classes before the games and practices. Workshops that build their social-cognitive skills — conflict resolution, anger management, leadership skills, resume writing, job resource fairs. In addition, The Salvation Army is working with the young men to assess their strengths and needs and provide emergency assistance, counseling, case management, goal setting and other social services as needed to help them create and embark on a path to success.

Saturday, Jan. 24th
Late Nite Flight Basketball Program
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Job Resource Fair
8:30 Championship Semifinals Start

Wednesday, January 28th
7-9 p,m. Awards Banquet

Saturday, February 7th
Champion plays St. Sabina Peace team
Time TBD

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois made this program possible by providing $40,000 in funding.  The Chicago Bulls are also providing non-financial support in the way of their involvement at the Awards Ceremony and the St. Sabina final game.