Sports Can Open Roads to Excellence:
The new CPS Elementary School Sports Program

Preparing our students for success

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 CPS students as possible, CPS is launching a no-cut sports program for 5th through 8th graders beginning 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.


  • No Cuts

  • Guaranteed Playing Time

  • Conferences Strengthen Neighborhoods

  • Saturday Game Days

  • High Schools Host Games

  • After School Practices

  • Service Learning Opportunities

Get Engaged

Whether you’re a student, staff member, parent, community member, or organization,
there’s a place for you on our team. We hope you’ll join us!

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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.


Coaches can be some of the most influential people in a young person’s life and have the opportunity to mold a student-athlete’s future. Each participating student-athlete will have a quality coach to lead and mentor them both on and off the court.

Teachers, school personnel, parents, guardians and community members are encouraged to coach an elementary school team. CPS has partnered with the Chicago Park District to recruit, train and oversee the coaching pool for CPS SCORE!. All individuals interested in coaching a team must express interest through a simple application for Recreation Leader (Community Sports) - Job ID #3008, complete a brief interview and attend coach training before the season starts.

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Family and community engagement is a key component of CPS SCORE!. Parents, guardians, family members and community members are encouraged to participate in the program through volunteerism. Volunteers will take on important game day roles at Conference High Schools including, but not limited to, timekeeping, scorekeeping, and operations support.

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There are several ways individuals, sports organizations and the corporate community can support CPS SCORE!. CPS is offering several partnership opportunities including sponsoring specific components of the program citywide, donating equipment and/or uniforms or making a monetary contribution to fund coaching positions.

Partnering with CPS, the 3rd largest school district in the country, offers a unique opportunity for individuals and corporate entities looking to make a significant impact and expand their reach. Individual donations can be made to CPS SCORE! through the Children First Fund, the district’s 501(c)(3) used to fund programs that supplement educational opportunities. If you are interested in exploring a partnership opportunity such as a corporate sponsorship, please contact CPS Partnerships:

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CPS Students Playing Basketball

CPS Looking to Get More Students Active With New Sports Program

Matt Mastern | October 26, 2016 Chicago Tonight WTTW

"After finding only one in 10 elementary students at Chicago Public Schools participate in school athletics, the district is rolling out a new sports program aimed at getting more students involved early on in their lives. The Chicago Board of Education on Wednesday voted unanimously in favor of the new districtwide program, which will offer all willing fifth- through eighth-graders the opportunity to participate in the sports of their choice."

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CPS Expands Elementary School Sports Program

Alexandra Olsen | October 24, 2016 Chicago Suntimes

Chicago Public Schools is expanding its elementary school sports program districtwide.The program includes a variety of seasonal sports for students in grades five through eight. Coaches will not cut players from their teams and will ensure minimum playing time for all players. Teachers will serve as coaches, and CPS will work with the Park District to hire more coaches as needed.

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