"If I looked good in hats, I would wear two: one for Midtown, and one for the Cubs."
Kevin Saghy, a mentor at Midtown Educational Foundation for over six years and 2012 Volunteer of the Year, serves as the Chicago Cubs Communications Manager. He spoke yesterday at the MEF Breakfast for Champions, benefiting at-risk youth at Midtown Center for boys and Metro Achievement Center for girls. The event was hosted at SkaddenArps. Before announcing the Wrigley Field Centennial celebration plans, he took a moment to share why he makes time to give back once a week.
Why do I keep going back?
"I have a busy schedule. It is challenging to make it every Thursday. But where I came from, I had a supportive extended family, and the way I viewed ‘trouble' was totally different than these kids in Chicago face on a day-to-day basis.
At Midtown, after 30 minutes of sports, 90 minutes of school-work and one-on-one goal setting, there is a character talk on a value or issue facing the boys...Two weeks ago, the talk was on gangs. These 4th-6th graders - elementary school age - already experience the pressure and influence by gang members, knowing them by name, territories, signs, and colors. It was such an eye opener.
...I see one of my students once a week. His mom told me that he looks at me as the main male influence in his life. Once a week, I could serve that role for him. That's the type of impact Midtown has, and that's why Cubs Charities supported them before I came along. So by supporting the Cubs, you are supporting great programs like Midtown Educational Foundation."
The Centennial Plans
While much of the plans are top secret, the audience was able to hear a few sneak peeks of the Wrigley Centennial Plans. Dive into celebration from each decade, from 1910's to today, and experience the ambiance from the food, music, all-star players, kids toys, and the most unique tours ever. If you're lucky, you might even have a famous player lead your tour. Mark your calendars for the official anniversary game on April 23rd, and enjoy a season full of nostalgia. Visit www.wrigleyfield100.com for complete details.