In response to the obesity crisis in Chicago, the Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation is putting millions of funding dollars towards new athletic fields in Chicago's city parks. (See Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation: Chicago Area Grants). The foundation has committed to donating $5 million for the cause, known as "Take the Field," on a 1:1 matching basis for new facilities. Their hope is that community residents and children in Chicago will use the parks to participate in sporting events and other healthy activities.
Take the Field is a collaboration between the Prizker Family Foundation and other private and public resources to build eleven artificial turf athletic fields in the city's most underserved neighborhoods. Over $13 million has been contributed to the initiative to date. The foundation recently teamed up with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Embassy in Washington, DC and the Barclays English Premier League Champions in Manchester City to celebrate the grand opening of a state-of-the-art new soccer field in Haas Park.
In a City of Chicago press release, Dr. Bryan Traubert said,
"My wife Penny Pritzker and I started the Take the Field initiative last year to attract private dollars to invest in the future health outcomes of our city’s youth through constructing state-of-the-art artificial turf fields in neighborhood parks in need. We are thrilled that the six fields built last summer are in high demand by the community, and we are thankful for the partnership of the Chicago Park District and Manchester City to build this exciting new field in Haas Park."
The Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation is the creation of Chicago power couple, Penny Pritzker and Bryan Traubert. Considering that Penny consistently tops the "richest and most powerful" charts and Bryan is a board-certified ophthalmologist, they have plenty to give. The couple’s foundation focuses its grantmaking on education, health and fitness, art and culture, and commitment to the community. The couple explains that "Fitness is central to our family life. ChicagoRun sprouted from our desire to confront the childhood obesity epidemic and get Chicago's children moving. Through ChicagoRun, over 10,000 young people now run as part of their daily activity. We continue to place a high priority on well-being and look for strategies and programs that will encourage children to become more health conscious and physically active."
If your nonprofit is working to get Chicago residents healthy and active, the Pritzker Traubert Foundation may be the answer to your prayers. However, the foundation accepts proposals by invitation only, so you'll need to catch the attention of the Pritzker-Traubert team from afar. At first glance, the most likely way to do so is by sponsoring a fitness program for children. The Pritzker-Traubert Foundation focuses its health & fitness grantmaking on increasing access to physical activity for youth. They also pride themselves on being founding supporters of the ChicagoRun, which is an annual 5K fundraiser.