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Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse

33 West Kinzie Street

Chicago, IL 60654

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Crushers Club is a most improbable and quite remarkable story. Mother of three, Sally Hazelgrove moves her family from the Uptown community to Englewood, one of the most challenging neighborhoods in Chicago, because she feels called to help the youth there. Gang-banging and shootings abound there; opportunities to escape that life do not. Hazelgrove asks young males loitering on street corners what activity would motivate them to try harder in school and keep them away from gangs. Their surprising answer? Boxing! She singlehandedly obtains a funding grant, rents 5,000 square feet in a local church, and recruits young men to join her club where they learn to box and develop leadership skills based on four ideals - respect, discipline, ownership and love.

Crushers Club has been wildly successful for the 350 plus youth that it has served. It's even produced a champion boxer already. It also has cobbled together many other programs and activities that give a young person purpose and hope, including a recording studio, academic assistance, mentorships and employment to find jobs outside of Englewood.

Hazelgrove has been recognized nationally for her work from the following organizations: Women in The World and
the American Justice Society. She has also been recognized by the following foundations: A Better Chicago Foundation, the Poder Foundation, and the Make It Better Foundation.

The numbers are stunning. Schools report improved academics and attitudes for 90% of the Crushers Club participants; 90% of parents see improvements too. Plus, 100% of the youth report that they feel happier and safer. The juvenile justice system took notice when they realized that approximately 85% of the youth in their system who found their way to Crushers Club did not reoffend. Success of the Club is bringing in new partnerships. The best stat of all: Crushers Club

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