Imagine our surprise when a whole bunch of high school soccer players from local communities showed up with a check for $4500! The players committed to running together and donating the money they raised to I Grow Chicago.

We plan to use the funds toward the purchase of land to continue to build out the Peace Campus, a place these students — like all our neighbors and all of you — will always be welcome.

Whenever we need a dose of hope, we look to the young people. Their commitment, optimism, fierce belief in the power to change the world near and far, and willingness to quite literally go the distance bolsters us. Thank you to everyone who ran and raised.