Pullman Community Center
In 2018, 12 acres of vacant land just west of the Bishop Ford freeway at 103rd street were transformed into the Pullman Community Center, (PCC) a 135,000 square foot, state-of-the-art, recreation and education complex that offers year-round indoor recreational and educational opportunities for people of all ages.
Drawing attendees from the Pullman/Roseland communities and beyond, the $20 million PCC is the largest multi-sport complex in the region. It features:
- Three full-sized indoor turf playing fields for baseball, soccer, football, and lacrosse
- Three hardwood courts for volleyball and basketball
- Four batting/pitching cages
- Concession area with eight large screen televisions
- 1,200 square-feet of classrooms and flexible space for community events and tournaments.
Sports programs include skills training and coaching, league and tournament play in baseball, basketball, and soccer, while education programs for youths include everything from using technology, reading, writing and math tutoring as well as preparation for college admissions exams.
Programming is led by the Chicago Park District and the Roseland Youth Center who in 2019 joined with the AAU and the Chicago Sports Alliance to announce it designated the PCC as their New Midwest headquarters. The Sports Alliance organizes and operates tournaments, leagues, clinics, and new year-round programs that attract athletes and spectators from the community, neighboring areas, and across the Midwest.
In 2019, its first year of operation, PCC served more than 120,000 participants, spectators, and visitors, as well as hosted dozens of athletic tournaments. During that year, scores of economic, social and health benefits for the community were generated by the participants and visitors to the PCC. Support for the PCC comes from national and local businesses, major manufacturers, and professional sports teams.
- Project: Community Center
- Location: Chicago, IL
- Year One Results:
- Served more than 120,000 people.
- College scholarships totaling $7 million were awarded to local high school seniors from partnership with the AAU basketball program and 130-plus college football scouts whose combine took place at the PCC
- Five local high school seniors enrolled in the PCC’s 5:30 Scholars program achieved a 1437 average on the SAT
- Launched new healthy living and lifestyles weekly program in tandem with the University of Illinois at Chicago
- Created 100 full- and part-time jobs including employees from Chicago Creating Real Economic Diversity (CRED), a workforce development program