Upcoming Events 

Champion Chat: Justice Anne M. Burke

​Saturday, Nov. 4th
2pm - 3pm
Grounds for Hope Cafe
2701 Maple Ave, Lisle IL 
$10 per family

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2018


Ultimate Ninjas - private event at Naperville's new American Ninja Warrior-owned gym!

Sunday, Feb. 19, 2018

12pm-2pm

Ultimate Ninjas Naperville


Champion Chat - Panel

Saturday, March 3, 2018

2pm - 3pm
Grounds for Hope Cafe
2701 Maple Ave, Lisle IL 
$10 per family
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Previous Events 2014-2017


Champion Chats - inspiring talks with people sharing their own experience with dyslexia

  • Brent Sopel, professional hockey player for 18 years, Chicago Blackhawks' 2010 Stanley Cup winning team. Our kids skated with him, and then heard his story of growing up with dyslexia. 


  • John Rodrigues, author "High School Dropout to Harvard" and featured in the documentary, "Being You: Your Difference is Your Strength"


  • ​Trent Jarrett, captain of the men's gymnastics team at University of Illinois-Chicago. UIC article


  • Shane LeBaron, professional golf coach and owner of LeBaron Golf. Watch


  • Darryl Duncan, award-winning songwriter and music producer, owner of GameBeat Studios. Watch




Social meet-ups 

  • Sleep-away camp for our youth and their siblings!


  • ​Chicago Wolves hockey game


  • Hayride, campfire and s'mores at Danada Equestrian Center


  • ​Feed My Starving Children (twice!)


  • Arlington Park Race Track​


  • Laser tag (twice!)


  • LEGO Show


  • "How to Ride a Bike" Class at REI 


  • Walk for Dyslexia


Advocacy Day at the Illinois State Capital - Our youth met with legislators on April 21, 2016 to advocate for teacher training and intervention. See photos here


Assistive Technology - Our youth showed eachother what technology works well for them, including the Live Scribe Pen, Co:writer, Read2Go, Voice Dream, BookShare, and more. ​


Dyslexia Awareness Month - We arranged for the 16-story Naperville Carillon to be lit in red lights for a week. Our families had a meet-up at the Carillon, and each kid received glow sticks, and a comic book donated by Graham Crackers Comics in Plainfield.