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Chicago Fire Youth Academy Player: Kids Want Connection And Belonging

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PCA-Chicago has partnered with the Chicago Fire Academy to provide Triple-Impact Competitor and Second-Goal Parent workshops to its student-athletes and parents as part of their ongoing, off-field training initiative. These elite athletes of the U12-U18 Academy teams worked with PCA trainer Joe Scally on May 2 on how best to not only honor their teammates, the great game of soccer and themselves, but also how they can best serve their community as an exceptional athlete and person.

In this clip, Chicago Fire Youth Academy Player Derek Sisbarro shares that when part of a team, it is important to treat others how you would like to be treated in order to create a safe environment and feel a sense of belonging.

The sense of belonging and connectedness that Derek yearns for is a great example that kids, more than anything, want connection from youth sports.