Developing the values, skills, and abilities learned from participation in sports - sportsmanship, teamwork, problem-solving, self-confidence, and accountability - are essential in preparing our students for success in college, career, and community.

To ensure the opportunity to learn and practice these skills for as many Chicago youth as possible, NAF partnered with CPS in the launch of a no-cut sports program for 5th through 8th graders in January 2017. Harnessing the power of community and sport, this program provides a safe, structured, and positive learning experience for all interested students -- sharing the valuable lessons learned from sports participation.

Read more in the press release from February 25, 2017 launch event.



All CPS 5th through 8th grade students at schools that choose to offer this program are invited and encouraged to participate. There will be no-cuts or tryouts to join teams and multiple teams will be created to accommodate student interest.

Through CPS SCORE!, all interested students will have the opportunity to be part of a team with caring coaches, develop their athletic skills through competitive play and learn valuable life lessons such as teamwork and sportsmanship.

Community Centers

CPS high schools open their doors to the CPS SCORE program every weekend for 10,000 youth to play basketball and participate in community activities, including NAF's Expression from the Inside for Kids® pop-up class. During this pop-up class, youth are invited to sit down and share what peace and other NAF principles mean to them to build an art wall to hang in the school.

NAF hopes to host more pop-ups across all the host sites. Please email if you are interested in being trained to run a pop-up class!