Chicago Hope Academy
Chicago Hope Academy, an inner city Christian school catering predominantly to minority youths, which was started in 2005 by Bob Muzikowski, a former Columbia University and Old Blue NY flanker. Hope receives no Federal, State, or Local government funds. The Chicago Lions began their relationship with Hope in 2009 through Keith Brown and Bob Muzikowski.
The Chicago Lions rugby Club annually helped raise funds to help Hope pay their field rental costs and in 200?, the Lions players leveled and re-sodded the playing field, led by the efforts of Keith Brown.
On April 24th 2015, the Chicago Lions Charitable Association (CLCA) in partnership with Chicago Hope Academy (Hope) acquired 8 acres of undeveloped land on the near west side of Chicago. This solidifies the relationship between Hope and the Chicago Lions that began in 2009.
Primary Usage Partner – Noble Network of Charter Schools
The Lions for Hope partnership has been in discussion with the Noble to become the primary user of the sports complex. The Noble Network of Charter Schools won the 2015 Broad Prize, a national award given to the top performing charter school network in the United States. Noble currently serves over 11,000 students at 17 college prep campuses in Chicago, with a student population that is 98% minority and 89% low-income. More than 90% of Noble graduates matriculated to college this year. The four pillars of Noble are honor, scholarship, discipline, and fitness.
The Noble Athletic Conference aims to create positive multi-generational impact in Chicago through athletics. We value the education of sport and the cognitive skills our students receive through their experience. We also understand the significant impact coaches have on the lives of student-athletes, and hold ourselves accountable for our presentation and professionalism. The NAC strives for excellence in all athletic endeavors. Including a robust and highly competitive boys and girls rugby program, and historic foundation of Noble’s emphasis on physical education.
“[Noble] has an exceptional track record of helping low income and minority students attain significantly higher achievement and graduation rates. Further replication will benefit additional students and strengthen the Chicago Public Schools system.”- U.S. Department of Education
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