Chicago Fire Soccer in the community: Sept. 23-27

CHICAGO, IL - The Chicago Fire is participating in a series of community events across the Chicagoland area over the next week. Throughout the year, the Chicago Fire participates in hundreds of community events to work with youth, charities and other organizations to promote the game of soccer by advocating wellness, healthy lifestyle choices, physical activities and education.

This week's events range from an autograph session with Chicago Fire Defender Wilman Conde, a check presentation for the Leukemia &Lymphoma Society, and a visit to Arlington Park Race Track with Fire mascot, Sparky.

St. Thomas the Apostle Picnic

Who: Fire Mascot Sparky
When: Saturday, September 26; 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Sparky is on site 12:00 PM - 2: 00 PM)
Where: St Thomas the Apostle, 1500 Brookdale, Naperville
What: Join Sparky at the 25th Anniversary picnic for St Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Naperville. There will be food, fun and games. Plus, take a shot or play goalie in the Chicago Fire penalty kick inflatable.

Soccer Kicks for Cancer Check Presentation for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (L&LS)

Who: Kicks for Cancer Participant, Gabrielle Barkidija, and Chicago Fire Foundation representative
When: Saturday, September 26; Pre-game
Where: TOYOTA PARK, 7000 S. Harlem, Bridgeview
What: The Chicago Fire Foundation will be presenting a check for over $13,000 to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society on behalf of the Oak Park Strikers Soccer Club for their participation in the L&LS Kicks for Cancer Program. Participants were asked to raise funds for research and patient programs by getting donations for the number of "touches" they made on a soccer ball over a ten day period. All proceeds were then matched $.25 on the dollar by the Chicago Fire Foundation.

Copa Hardiebacker 2009

Who: Chicago Fire Defender, Wilman Conde
When: Sunday, September 27; 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM; (Conde is on site from 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM)
Where: Calumet Park, 9801 S. Ave. G, Chicago
What: Chicago Fire Defender, Wilman Conde, will be taking photos and signing autographs this Sunday at the Illinois State Soccer's Copa Hardiebacker annual 4V4 tournament.

HORSEPOWER! at Arlington Park Race Track

Who: Fire Mascot Sparky
When: Sunday, September 27; 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Where: Arlington Park, 2200 W. Euclid Ave., Arlington Heights
What: Join Sparky and the Chicago Fire for an action packed day of thoroughbred horse racing plus view some of the fastest examples of HORSEPOWER... on the track and under the hood. Make your way through the Chicago Fire obstacle course and test your luck on the prize wheel.

Chicago Fire Soccer was founded on October 8, 1997 as a Major League Soccer expansion team. The Fire won the MLS Cup in its inaugural season in 1998 and was crowned the champion of U.S. Soccer's national tournament, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, in 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2006. In June 2006, the Fire moved into its world-class home of TOYOTA PARK, located in Bridgeview, IL.

Located 15 minutes from downtown Chicago and minutes from Midway airport off of I-55 on Harlem Avenue, TOYOTA PARK is the Midwest's preeminent outdoor live entertainment and sporting facility. Opened in 2006, TOYOTA PARK not only serves as the home of the Chicago Fire, but also hosts a variety of sporting events, special events and concerts by national and international artists. In 2009, artists ranging from Jimmy Buffett to Phish are performing live at TOYOTA PARK.

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