KICS International Showcase “Empowering Global Unity” – KICS is working to advance peace through soccer with competition, camaraderie and cultural exchange. Since 2014, KICS has been hosting our annual international youth soccer tournament each summer in the Near South and Near West neighborhoods of Chicago. The tournament brings 100 plus local, regional and international teams together in competition for the coveted KICS CUP. If the world could speak one language, that language would be soccer. With a goal of scaling our tournament to 250 teams by 2021, KICS fosters soccer as an opportunity to speak to one another to make the world a more peaceful place.
KICS believes sport is a way to unite and connect youth from around the world through intercultural exchange. Our showcase, launched in 2015, has now welcomed players from over 15 different countries to Chicago.
“Empowering Global Unity” was founded in 2014 as an annual international youth soccer showcase taking place in the heart of the City of Chicago. Teams thus far have traveled from the US, Guatemala, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Pakistan, China, Italy, Ukraine, Israel, Palestine & many more. KICS has also taken At-Risk youth from low-income communities to France and Spain in 2018, as well as Germany and parts of South America in prior years.
KICS Cup Website: https://www.kicscup.org