Chicago KICS International Youth Cup believes in the power of cultural exchange and discourse, along with the spirit of fair play and competition. Through teamwork and cooperative learning, the Chicago KICS Cup participants will gain an appreciation for cultural diversity and how people from different continents communicate, celebrate and compete. The Chicago KICS Cup shall be known as a family-oriented event that unites the world’s children through the sport of soccer in one of the world’s largest and renowned metropolitan areas.
KICS is an acronym for “Kids in Chicago Soccer”. KICS Cup [www.kicscup.org] is the vision of co-founders, Dr. Scott Hanlon and Matthew Miller, which evolved from their local community league KICS United [www.kicsunited.org]. Dr. Hanlon is a Chicago area family medicine doctor, and former Chicago Park District Commissioner. Matt Miller is a former professional soccer player for Cambridge United FC (England), and certified coach. Hanlon and Miller are both directors of KICS United, a youth league based at Dunbar Soccer Complex in Chicago, IL, that has grown from 50 players in 2006 to over 1,000 players in 2014.
Soccer is the third most played team sport in the U.S., and ranks as the number one sport in the world with around 3.5 billion fans across Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas, and is played by over 265 million people in 204 countries. Over the years soccer has generated billions of dollars and have seen colossal television deals, evident with FOX Sports (FIFA/MLS), Univision (MLS) and NBC Sports with its coverage of the English Premier League (EPL).