The Salvation Army to Hold First Annual ‘Kroc WinterFest’
at the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center
Weekend of Activities will Include sports clinics with the Chicago White Sox ACE program, music and dance performances, health workshops and sample classes for the whole family
CHICAGO – If too many candy canes and cookies are making it difficult to battle the winter bulge, head over to The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center on the South Side of Chicago as they host the first annual ‘Kroc WinterFest’ on Sunday, January 20, and Monday, January 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 3,000 people are expected to attend this indoor, winter sports festival, which includes a full weekend of exciting activities for the entire family designed to help beat the winter blues and stay active and healthy.
“This event was inspired by the Mayor’s Sports Fest, which was held each Christmas holiday,” said Major David Harvey, Senior Kroc Administrator. “Due to budget cuts, the city is no longer able to offer the opportunity for kids and families. Martin Luther King Jr. was a force to bring all opportunities to all people and we have chosen the weekend that celebrates his birthday and legacy to bring a festival back to the city of Chicago that will encourage kids, parents and even grandparents to come out and play. Sports leagues, fitness classes, and arts education are hallmarks of the Kroc Center. We welcome families and individuals from Chicago to join us this weekend and experience everything that the Kroc Center has to offer all year long.”
Sport demonstrations and clinics will be available for basketball, golf, soccer and baseball. Baseball clinics will be led by the Chicago White Sox ACE program and the Chicago State University Baseball Team.
For the fitness buff at any age, certified fitness instructors will hold workshops in the state-of-the-art Sports Training and Recreation Center, including spin, step, line dancing, aerobics, Zumba, Thai Chi, Qui Gong, strength training and kickboxing, Senior Fit and Rail-Yard Fun for young people.
Don’t forget your bathing suit. Relax by the pool, take a swimming lesson or watch demonstrations in diving and aqua therapy in the one-of-a-kind Aquatic Center, the only indoor waterpark in the City of Chicago and the only waterpark on Chicago’s South Side.
For the fine arts lover in your family, the Academy of the Arts will hold a variety of breathtaking musical, dance and dramatic performances. Classes in visual arts will also be available to sample.
Families will also enjoy the ‘Taste of Kroc’, bounce houses, games and more.
The event is free to Kroc Center members. Non-members will be charged a nominal fee of only $5 per family of four. All proceeds will directly help fund The Kroc Center. By supplementing expenses, The Kroc Center is able to keep class tuition to a minimum, allowing students from all walks of life to experience first-rate activities and programs in their community.
For more information about Kroc WinterFest or The Kroc Center, visit www.kroccenterchicago.org.
The 160,000-square-foot Kroc Center sits on a 33 acre campus and offers a wide array of activities and services for people of all ages, making it an unique destination for the entire family. Programs and ministries include opportunities for worship, educational classes, sports, arts, fitness and support programs. Recreational features include an indoor sports complex, an outdoor stadium, basketball and tennis courts, an aquatic center, a state-of-the art fitness center, basketball courts and more. Outdoor recreational facilities include a sports stadium, a golf training center, baseball diamonds, batting cages, tennis courts and running track.
BACKGROUND: In 1998, Mrs. Joan Kroc, widow of McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc, donated $90 million to The Salvation Army to build a comprehensive community center in San Diego, California. Her goal was to create a center, supported in part by the community, where children and families would be exposed to different people, activities and arts that would otherwise be beyond their reach. Completed in 2001, the Kroc Center in San Diegl sits on 12 acres and offers an ice arena, gymnasium, three pools, rock climbing walls, a performing arts theatre, an internet-based library, computer lab, and a school of visual and performing arts. Upon her death in 2003, Joan Kroc passed on to The Salvation Army $1.8 billion, the largest gift ever made to a private charity for the specific purpose of constructing state-of-the-art facilities in underserved areas around the country, facilities that would offer a completely new approach to the concept of community centers. To date, 19 centers are open and operating. An additional 8 centers are currently scheduled to open in 2012 for a total of 27 centers.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is the largest social service organization in the world and the single largest direct provider of social services in Chicago and the state of Illinois. The Army operates 200 points of entry in neighborhoods across the greater Chicago area, providing disaster relief, shelter, meals, rehabilitation programs, child care and head start, senior services and more. On any given night, about 900 people are sleeping under a Salvation Army roof. In 2010, The Army celebrated 125 years of service in Chicago. The Salvation Army is there every day, 24-hours-a-day in Chicago and throughout the country providing disaster relief to people in crisis.