PRESS RELEASE | In partnership with the Springfield Police Department and city officials, neighborhood associations across Springfield will be hosting events on Tuesday, August 7 in celebration of National Night Out. This annual event encourages neighborhoods across the nation to spend the evening outside with neighbors, police and community leaders. It is a community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live.
Neighborhood associations across Springfield will host a variety of family-friendly events. These events are free to the public and residents are encouraged to participate. It is an opportunity to explore Springfield and meet residents throughout the community.
|Enos Park, The Avenue & Lincoln Park||Enos Park Pavilion, between 7th & 8th Streets||5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.||www.facebook.com/EnosPark
|Ernie Bankhead||Intersection of Livingston & Beech||5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.|
|Historic Westside||Westminster Presbyterian Church, 533 S. Walnut||6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.|
|Iles Park & Harvard Park||Iles Park, 2000 S. 6th Street
|6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.||www.ilespark.org/events/iles-
|Laketown, Franklin Park & Lake Springfield||Firefighters Postal Club, 940 W. Lake Shore Drive||5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.|
|MacArthur Boulevard Business Association||Bites on the Boulevard, 1413 S. MacArthur||5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.||
(food and drink will be available for purchase)
|Boys & Girls Club, 300 S. 15thStreet||6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.|
|Sherwood Neighborhood Association||Vredenburgh Park, 100 Crusaders Road||5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.|
|Yorktown & Glen Aire||Navy Club, 3100 Stanton Street||5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.|
The Springfield Municipal Band will also be performing at Douglas Park on Tuesday, August 7 beginning at 7:30 p.m. If you have questions about any of the events planned, you may reach out to the associations directly or contact the Springfield Police Department at 217.788.8325.
August 6th is registration day for District 186
Summer vacation is almost over, and that means it’s time to register for school again. The online option to register is already open. The traditional in-person registration will be held next Monday, August 6th. It is highly recommended that students and families new to the district attend the in-person registration event. All students are required to register.
Registration will be held from 11 AM to 6 PM on August 6th for District 186 elementary, middle, and high schools. For middle and high schools, a second day of registration on Tuesday the 7th from 8 AM to 2 PM. All students are required to register and update their information each year.
When you come to register, you will need to bring several documents:
- Certified birth certificate (if the district does not already have one on file)
- Photo Identification of Parent or Guardian
- Proof of Residency
- Health Records (physicals, immunizations, and other required tests)
- Transcripts for high school transfer students
You can learn more about what documents you need on the district’s registration page. For more information, contact Julia Drake at email@example.com or 217-525-7911.
Project Mack hosts second “Take Back the City” weekend July 20-21
PRESS RELEASE | Project Mack will be hosting our 2nd Annual Take Back the City weekend to wrap up the summer, to be held July 20-21, 2018. In response to the recent violence in Springfield, Project Mack aims to inspire youth to make a positive difference in their lives. The events will bring together current and past students of the city throughout the weekend and allow them to showcase their talents.
The weekend will consist of benefit concert Friday night and our All-star Alumni basketball game on Saturday. All the artists performing at the concert are graduates from our area high schools and now are pursing musical careers. The alumni game will bring back all the best basketball players who’ve come from the Springfield area. Additionally, there will be vendor & organization information tables available on both days.
All proceeds from the event will go toward 3 scholarships created at SHS, LHS, and SSHS in memory of the innocent gun violence victims.
United Premier Soccer League Announces Springfield FC as Midwest Conference Expansion Team
The United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) is excited to announce Springfield FC as a new member starting with the 2019 Spring Season.
Based in Springfield (Ill.), Springfield FC begins UPSL Pro Premier play in the Midwest Conference, and will host its home matches at SASA Complex (4600 11th Street, Springfield, IL 62703) in compliance with UPSL’s Minimum Standards.
United Premier Soccer League Commissioner Yan Skwara said, “We are pleased to welcome Springfield FC to the UPSL. We’ve experienced tremendous growth in the Midwest Conference in 2018, and the UPSL will continue to drive in quality Midwest clubs into 2019 and beyond. This will improve travel distances between all our Midwest clubs, which is important from a budget standpoint. Springfield FC is a club that will meet UPSL’s Minimum Standards. Owner Frank Rodriguez has maintained a healthy club with the ability to travel and win on the road, and now they’re ready to take the next step and become a member of the fast-growing Pro Development league in America. We wish Springfield FC every success going forward.”
Frank Rodriguez is General Manager and Head Coach of Springfield FC. A native of Honduras, Rodriguez, 35, is an Office Specialist with Illinois Healthcare and Family Services.
Springfield FC General Manager Frank Rodriguez said, “It was time to do it because we’ve been getting some great results lately and we’re ready to step up. Springfield is a great soccer community and I feel like we need a team like this to help promote the quality players because there’s a lot of talent here. The UPSL is a great league with an outstanding front office, and I want to help be a part of building something special.”
Springfield FC has had a successful run as a traveling amateur team since 2011, posting wins over a number of local college programs and even playing recent friendlies against St. Louis Maritsa FC (UPSL) and Joliet United FC (UPSL).
The club soon will announce upcoming tryouts and its game schedule.
About Springfield FC
Springfield FC is an American Soccer club currently based in Springfield, Ill., and a new member of the United Premier Soccer League. Springfield FC plays in the UPSL Pro Premier.
Founded in 2011, Springfield FC can participate in the qualifying rounds for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup through their affiliation and membership with the UPSL, the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) and the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA).
United Premier Soccer League
The UPSL was formed in 2011 and currently includes more than 170 teams in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. UPSL is the fastest growing Pro Development League in the USA, with 200-plus teams targeted for 2018 Fall Season. Each UPSL team is individually owned and operated, and is responsible for maintaining either UPSL Pro Premier Division or Championship Division minimum standards.
UPSL teams are all eligible to participate in the U.S. Open Cup Qualifying Rounds through the leagues affiliation with the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) and the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA).
More information about UPSL can be found at www.upslsoccer.com or by following the league on Facebook (www.facebook.com/upslsoccer) and Twitter (@upslsoccer).
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