Register for the College Soccer ID event, Oct. 29th

We are very excited to host this FREE event open to ALL interested soccer players in the community (not just Heart of the City players) on Thursday, October 29th! At the College Soccer ID event, players and parents will be able to learn more about the college soccer recruitment process, speak with local college coaches…

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Join us — if you dare! FREE virtual mixology event, Oct. 29th, 7pm

During this FREE Live Zoom virtual event, professional mixologist Alexandra Bookless will guide us through the creation of 3 Halloween-themed cocktails while educating us about the ingredients and the mixology process. You can choose to sit back and enjoy the show or purchase ingredients ahead of time to follow along during the demo. Participants will also have…

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Heart of the City transforms program center into Learning Lab

To meet the current needs of our families, Heart of the City has transformed our program center into a Learning Lab during the Covid-19 pandemic, following strict social-distancing protocols. This program provides our student-athletes with a safe space to conduct their e-learning with staff supervision and support, high-speed internet, and snacks/lunches. Interested in making a…

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affordable, high quality programs


support for post-secondary success


volunteer stewardship opportunities

Heart of the City uses soccer as a vehicle to teach youth essential life skills, train them as leaders and mentors, and connect them with postsecondary opportunities, whether it's college, trade/technical school, military or the workforce.

Youth ages 4-19 in Lake County, IL with approximately 70% qualifying for free and reduced lunch.

Our Pathway.

Camps & Clinics
free, introductory experiences for the community

Soccer Academy
a developmental in-house program for boys & girls age 4-14

HOTC Elite 
a competitive soccer and postsecondary-readiness program for boys and girls ages 8-19

And Beyond
Our programs help prepare youth for post-secondary success!

"Heart of the City exemplifies what it means to be a strong organization. Between its community involvement, educational opportunities and putting its players in the best position to succeed in life, Heart of the City does it all. Heart of the City provides an opportunity for children of all ages to compete and learn. It is a pleasure to work with Heart of the City to provide the best opportunities for this community."


Brett Pomeroy, Recreation Specialist - Waukegan Park District

"Being a soccer enthusiast for 62 years now, I see certain clubs that are made strictly to win, strictly to dominate, strictly to be a driving force to get trophies and awards, and then I see Heart of the City -- who certainly would love to be in those categories, too -- but the most important thing for Heart of the City is the development of the children.

In Waukegan, there are children in single-parent households, there are children with absent parents, there are children basically who have no direction, no structure. Heart of the City provides them a very structured environment where they learn to be responsible, and they learn to be efficient in what they do. And that’s something that many are not getting at home. I’m very proud to be associated with Heart of the City."

Wayne Motley, Former Waukegan Mayor

“I love what y’all do here. It’s not about winning at all cost. My son was playing at a different soccer league and he would say ‘Dad this isn’t fun’. Here the coaches are a lot more involved teaching all the players and moving them around in different positions. You can see they care about developing players.”


Brandon K., Soccer Academy parent

"Our youth have enjoyed their programming experience with Heart of the City. The youth appreciate having a remarkable coach that helps improve their skills while still having fun! They are not provided many opportunities to play soccer in a structured environment and Heart of the City gives them that opportunity."


Amy Lomax, Program Development Manager - Boys & Girls Club of Lake County

“I love how all of the coaches work with all of the players. They’ll demo the moves they're working on for that week, and they have the patience to breakdown each movement so everyone understand how to perform steps. Heart of the City has the best coaches that care about making the experience enjoyable and challenging.”


Eunice J., parent from after-school clinic

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