through soccer & education

What we do:

Heart of the City strives to level the playing field for kids in Lake County, IL by providing access to quality soccer and educational programs that can serve as a youth development pathway.

We use soccer as a medium to teach kids important life skills that will help them succeed -- on and off the field! 


affordable, high quality programs


support for post-secondary success


volunteer stewardship opportunities

Who we serve:

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

Our Pathway:

Camps & Clinics

free, introductory experiences for the community

Soccer Academy

a developmental in-house program for boys & girls ages 4-13

HOTC Elite

a competitive soccer program with college-readiness support for boys & girls ages 8-19

And Beyond

our programs help prepare youth for post-secondary success!

Upcoming Events

  • Sept. 14 - Oct. 19, Saturdays, 9am-12:30pm: Soccer Academy Fall League with Foss Park District
  • Oct. 14: High school boys HOTC Elite supplemental tryout
  • Oct. 14: Fall College Visit (HS Girls)
  • Oct. 16: FAFSA Workshop (ISAC)
  • Oct. 17, 5-7pm: Waukegan Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours - Tour & Taste at Heart of the City (FREE!)
  • Nov. 6: College Application Workshop (ISAC)
  • Nov. 15-17: Indianapolis College Showcase (HOTC Elite high school girls)
  • Nov. 21: Potluck/ISAC Jeopardy
  • Jan. 18 - Feb. 22, Saturdays 11-2pm: Soccer Academy, Winter session

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