NFL Friends are helping us close the gap for youth on Chicago’s West Side

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The North Austin Community Center (NACC), located on a 10-acre campus on Chicago’s West Side, is a professional-level facility for sports, education and wellness which will help close the opportunity gap for West Side youth and their families. The facility will offer best-in-class playing spaces and holistic programs unparalleled in Chicago and beyond. Nothing compares to this campus in terms of size, scope and mission—especially in the Austin neighborhood, which sits at the intersection of four densely populated Black and Latinx communities.

NACC is led by mission-minded, experienced professionals who have rallied a grassroots effort to develop the concept, catalyze the philanthropic community, and bring the project to fruition. Construction began in August of 2021 and the center will open to the community in the fall of 2022. The main building will be a newly constructed 150,000 sq. ft. facility housing Intentional Sports (IS) and By The Hand Club For Kids (BTH). Adjacent to the facility will be the Grace and Peace (GAP) Revive Center, a 75,000 sq. ft. holistic community service center to be located in the former Glidden paint factory. Surrounding these two anchor projects are turf fields, enriching landscaping and a community playground—all on a former brownfield that has been vacant for over 40 years. This $35.5 million project will serve an estimated 25,000 children annually with 250,000 visitors per year.

Key supporters include: 

  • The NFL Foundation and Players 
  • The Chicago Fire Foundation
  • The Chicago Cubs Foundation
  • Riot Games
  • The Jason Heyward Family Fund
  • The Mansueto Foundation
  • Government and private grantors including the State of Illinois, The City of Chicago, and Chicago Community Trust, among others