The ultimate goal of the Chicago White Sox is to compete for a championship on the field every season. We take great pride in our team's accomplishments on the field, but just as important to the organization are our accomplishments off the field. The White Sox recognize and accept the responsibility to serve all Chicagoans in the greater Chicagoland community. Our outreach through Chicago White Sox Charities (CWSC), the team's philanthropic arm, along with the club's year-round community relations efforts, touches the lives of our neighbors in many different ways.
In addition to the in-kind support provided by the club, White Sox Charities provides financial and emotional support to hundreds of Chicago-based organizations, including those leading the fight against cancer, dedicated to improving the lives of youth through recreation and education, and those offering support to children and families in crisis. With the generous support of White Sox fans, friends and sponsors, White Sox Charities has donated more than $23 million since its inception in 1990, striving to improve the quality of life for Chicagoans of all ages, races and genders.
To the White Sox, winning goes beyond the diamond into the community. The White Sox and White Sox Charities want to inspire, educate and embrace Chicago to create a lasting legacy for future generations.
How is CWSC supporting the Chicagoland area? Here are just a few examples:
Health and Wellness
"It gives me a sense of teamwork. It has instilled a strong work ethic in me that has grown over the years. It gave me a sense of status. I remember the first time I got my White Sox jersey, I wore it around the house for two days." -Jalin McMillan, ACE player, baseball scholarship to University of Illinois.
"The Working In The Schools (WITS)-White Sox partnership not only gives our students a 'reading buddy,' but it makes reading a rich, interactive activity. The fact that someone comes every week to read with students sends them two powerful messages: Reading is important, and so are they." -Joseph A. Shoffner, principal, McClellan Elementary School
Cancer Research and Treatment
"We are very grateful for the support we receive from the Chicago White Sox Charities. Because of their generosity, we are able to reach underserved communities particularly on the south and west sides of Chicago. Our Clubhouse, hospital satellite locations and community outreach efforts bring more than 350 free activities to our members every month. The Chicago White Sox Charities is a true partner in our mission to ensure that anyone touched by cancer is empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community." -LauraJane Hyde, Gilda's Club
Children and Family in Crisis
"Children's Home + Aid has had the pleasure of partnering with White Sox Charities on the Bring Me Home Campaign for the past eight years. The campaign has touched the lives of some of Illinois' most vulnerable children by raising awareness, generating support and advocating for the needs of foster children and families. Through this partnership, thousands of children have received school clothes, backpacks and supplies, attended summer camps and received rewards for graduating from high school. The campaign has helped these children, who have lost everything -- everything they knew, everyone they loved -- find a way forward." -Jassen Strokosch, Children's Home + Aid