Sockers Youth Foundation


About |

The Sockers Youth Foundation, Ltd was founded in 2000 by David Richardson, Nilton “Batata” DaSilva and Mary Magee on the underlying belief that the game of soccer provides an excellent forum to instill life values in young people that will prepare them to be responsible productive members of society and the community in adulthood. The Foundation will provide an opportunity for young people who would not otherwise participate in the sport of soccer.

The Foundation will operate as a not-for-profit Foundation under the laws of the state of Illinois and shall pursue and maintain a tax exempt status pursuant to Section 501(c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 as amended from time to time.

“It is the mission of Sockers Youth Foundation to provide opportunities through the sport of soccer.”

Board of Directors

Kevin Lesch – Sockers ’75 – President
Brian Babka – Sockers ’73 – Vice President
Justin Lesch – Sockers ’80 – Treasurer
Sean Kennedy – Sockers ’75 – Secretary
Mike Congiu – Sockers ’79 – Director
Mary Magee – Sockers Alum – Director
Tony Petrillo – Sockers Dad – Director



The Sockers Youth Foundation provides assistance for deserving youths, regardless of club affiliation, to play for chicagoland soccer clubs.


The Sockers Youth Foundation sponsors a series of free soccer clinics in the chicagoland area aimed at introducing soccer to the youths of the community.


The Sockers Youth Foundation participates in the US Soccer Foundation’s Passback Program that provides used equipment to communities around the world.

How to Get Involved


The Sockers Youth Foundation is continually looking for volunteers to take part in or annual fund raisers, assistance in organizing free clinics, liaisons to park districts, and participating in other events. If interested, please fill out our volunteer form and a board member will contact you soon.


We accept donations via credit card or check. Your tax-deductible donation can be made securely through our website, by mail or telephone. click here for more information.

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Sockers FC Chicago

545 S. Consumers Ave., Palatine, IL 60074 USA

Office Hours

Monday - Friday: 10:00 - 4:00pm (Finance 9.00 - 2.00pm)

Store Hours 

Monday - Thursday: 10:30am - 4:00pm
Friday: CLOSED
Saturday: CLOSED

Contact Us

Phone 847.788.5326
Office 847.788.5321 (Financial)
Store 847.788.5327
Fax 847.788.5330



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