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Andrew Wade Memorial Chicago Kickers Open (Golf)

Saturday, Aug 12th 2017  (12:00 PM)

Fox Lake Country Club

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Army Specialist Andrew P. Wade, 22, of Antioch died March 9, 2011 in Kunduz Afghanistan.

Wade’s awards and decorations include the NATO medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

Andrew Wade played on Kickers Youth and Adult teams. He lives on in our hearts and through the Andrew Wade Memorial Chicago Kickers Open Golf Outing and Andrew Wade Memorial Scholarship at Antioch High School.

The 2017 Chicago Kickers Andrew Wade Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to Megan Helgesen. Megan is pictured with Elizabeth Wade, Andrew's mother. Congratulations Megan from the Chicago Kickers!
u11 Boys Red Tribute to Willy Zettlmeier

Grandson's Karsten and Max
u13 Boys, Memorial Day Challenge 2017, White Division Champions (4-0)
u15 Boys Red Finish YSSL Season 6-0-2
u15BR Mother's Day 2017
u15 Boys Red, Rush Wisconsin Tournament Finalist (April 29-30, 2017)
u14 Boys, Rick Kilps Classic Tournament, LaLiga Bracket A Chamions (Apr 22-23, 2017)
u18 Boys, Runner-up, SASA LincolnLand Invitational  March 18-19, 2017
u15B (Team Getz)  BGC Kenosha Futsal Champs 2017

u11 Boys White (Indoor 2017)

Congratulations to Mens First Team Player Bobby Reed and his wife Laura on the Birth of Joey !

u12 Girls (Indoor 2017)

u18 Girls (Indoor 2017)

u17 Girls (Indoor 2017)

u16 Girls (Indoor 2017)
u11 Boys Red, Fall 2017 YSSL Division 5NW Champs


u15G GoalKeeper Taylor Primack competed in the ODP Inter-Regional Showcase with the 2002 Girls in Memphis TN over President's Day Weekend. Her pool team finished 2-0-1 and Taylor made 17 saves.
with wins over KY & TN.  She also played with the Midwest Region Pool Team making 4 saves and helping her team win a game.

Emma Carter’s Battle to Conquer Traumatic Brain Injury

Update 1, Feb 17, 2017

Emma has completed her fourth week of therapy at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. The condition of her upper body (ribs, midsection, shoulders, neck) has improved and her pain level in those areas has reduced.

Emma still experiences intense headaches and head pain. She is learning new methods to help reduce pain and increase overall functionality. Emma participates in counseling sessions designed to reduce pain. She continues to work towards active participation in conversations and she is learning new methods to improve engaging in communications.

Her daily routine includes more structure, with specific time segments, tasks and details. She begins her day with calming stretches and breathing exercises, followed by breakfast and general preparation for the day. She reads for three minutes at a time while sitting at a desk with weights on her lap. The weights help her feel grounded and keep her from feeling dizzy, which improves her ability to focus on what she is reading. The rest of the day includes more activities of daily living with therapeutic methods and specific details to improve her functionality.

Emma has joined a Facebook group consisting of females under twenty-five years old who are suffering from long term concussion issues. The group has allowed for sharing of stories, peer support and an understanding that she is not alone in the fight to get better.

Words from Kelly Carter: "The Doctors have said that Emma is a fighter and doing well. They are proud of her work ethic, but it will take time for her to regain functional levels again. As her mom and caregiver, I could not be more proud. I am also honored by the outpouring of support from friends, family and the community. It has been the hardest thing I have ever been through. I miss her, she misses life, but together we find strength to keep moving forward through each other and with the support of our village of fighters and prayer makers. All I can say is thank you for you!"

Jan 9, 2017

In early November 2015, Emma Carter was a high school freshman at Grayslake North High School when her life changed during a weekend travel soccer game. In the final moments of the game, Emma was dribbling a soccer ball down the sideline with speed when she was tackled from behind by an opponent. She sustained body contusions and injuries to her ribs and other parts of her midsection, and although banged up, she returned the following week for her final game of the soccer season.

However, as the soccer season concluded and she transitioned back into school for finals, Emma began to complain of concussion-like symptoms not originally detected when she was evaluated after the November soccer game. It became evident that she could not concentrate and she reported daily headaches coupled with balance and vision difficulties. Eventually, she was diagnosed with a concussion in January of 2016, her second from in-game play.

And as Emma's concussion symptoms became worse, her focus worsened as well. When trying to read, words would move and jump around on the page and she was unable to retain information.

This lead her to withdraw from school in March, and eventually, from everyday life, as she showed worsening neurocognitive deficiencies when trying to participate in conversations with her friends and family.

Having hit a stagnation point in her recovery process, Emma was referred to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Initial assessments confirmed that Emma would need to engage in an aggressive rehabilitation program to regain cognitive abilities.

With aspirations of studying Genetic Engineering, Emma put her dreams on hold given her new reality — one where she needed to reset her expectations and learn to set new limits when studying and performing daily activities, as well as the cost of being able to achieve said goals.

But, as she comes to terms with accepting the changes in her life, Emma wonders, " when will I feel better? " and her mother Kelly is worried about how they'll foot the bill.

This GOFundMe Emma Carter TBI Page is being setup by the Chicago Kickers Soccer Club to help provide Coach Kelly Carter, a mother of three children with financial assistance in this time of need.

Please Help!


Recent graduate of Grant Community High School/Chicago Kickers Jenna Pecorini (above #13 White Uniform)finished her sophomore season at Cape Fear Community College. Pecorini was a two year starter for the Sea Devils in Wilmington, NC. Cape Fear competes at the NJCAA Division 1 level in Region 10. During Pecorini’s two seasons on the field at Cape Fear the Sea Devils were 28-10, and outscored opponents 137-42.

Cape Fear Sea Devil Head Coach Ryan Deppa, “Jenna took a major step to leave Illinois to come to North Carolina to begin her college career at Cape Fear. Jenna proved to come up big for us on a consistent basis through her two seasons here. Whether it was scoring big time goals, or just making big plays on and off the ball, Jenna's talents helped her make a name for herself in Region 10.”

During Pecorini’s freshman season she helped the team earn a regular season Region 10 title, and the Sea Devils concluded the 2015 season as the Region 10 Tournament runner up. Pecorini held down the attacking mid position her freshman season with 8 goals and 10 assists, which helped her earn NJCAA Region 10 first team all-star honors.

Pecorini returned in 2016 with another strong performance on the field, playing as an attacking mid and also a wing player for the Sea Devils. Pecorini notched 9 goals and 4 assists in the 2016 campaign which included the game winner in the Region 10 Championship in Raleigh, NC and a repeat position on the first team of the Region 10 all-stars.

The Sea Devils finished the season at 17-3 which included earning the Region 10 Regular Season title, the Region 10 Tournament title, the NJCAA D1 District L Champions title, which included a key goal from Pecorini that helped the Sea Devils make history by making its first trip to the NJCAA Division 1 Championship Tournament in Melbourne, FL in November. Cape Fear Sea Devils finished 2016 ranked #8 in the NSCAA National Poll and #13 in the NJCAA National Poll.

Willy Zettlmeier

Willy Zettlmeier, 79, was born Jan. 28, 1937, in Germany, and passed away Nov. 6, 2016, at home with his family by his side.

Beloved husband of the late Erika; loving father of Bill Zettlmeier and Renee (Keith) Mehring; dear Opa of Erika, Karsten and Max; fond brother of Maria (Alex) Gedstad, Walter (Loni) Zettlmeier, Hilda Schuff and the late Rudy Zettlmeier; dear uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Willy was the former owner of Continental Delicatessen in Arlington Heights, a member
of the Chicago Kickers Soccer Club, a woodworker and avid Blackhawks fan.

Visitation Thursday, Nov. 10, 3 to 8 p.m. at Matz Funeral Home, 410 E. Rand Road, Mount Prospect.

Lying in state Friday, 9 a.m. until the time of the Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Thomas of
Villanova Church, 1201 E. Anderson Drive, Palatine.

We are sadden to announce the passing of Eduard (Eddie) Blechner (October 17, 1937 - October 25, 2016). Mr. Blechner was one of the originals who was part of our beginning in 1958 (see photo below).

Eddie located in the Chicago area after leaving Germany after WWII. He and his family and siblings have been staunch Chicago Kickers members and continue to be so. Eddie’s son Kurt was our past President and his daughter Renee represented us as Miss Chicago Kickers. His children and grandchildren also were a big part of our youth program as both players and coaches.

Eddie is survived by his wife Katharina, daughters Carmen and Renee; daughter-in-law Jenny and son Kurt, and grandchildren Daniela, Kyle, and Travis.

Eddie, thank you for all your support over all these years. We truly are going to miss you!

Arrangements are as follows:

Friends may call at he church for 8 a.m. service wake time.

The funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 29th at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Elkhorn, WI.
Procession to the Cemetery right after Mass and then the family will be serving a meal after the ceremonies for all who came to celebrate Eduard’s life.

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2016 Andrew Wade Memorial Scholarship  Recipient Kayla Vazquez (Senior Antioch High School)
Pictured Below Left to Right ( Stacey Vazquez, Liz Wade, Kayla Vazquez, Rolly Vazquez)


u13 Girls Goalkeeper Taylor Primack gaining experience at ODP Inter-Regional Games held at University of Wisconsin Madison, Feb 13, 2016.

Meghan Vasseur, Signs with Concordia Universtiy Chicago

Ashleigh Hansen (Center) with family, Signs Letter of Intent with Northern Michigan University
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Kickers original Adam Sollman visting with u9 Boys Indoor

u13 Boys Red, BGC (Kenosha) Indoor Session 1 Champs

Congratulations to u9 Boys Coach Andre Sears and his wife Courtney on the birth of Carson Ryan, 8lbs 1oz 20 1/2". Born 12/2/2015. @ 6:04pm (pictured below with u9 Player Camden Sears).

u9 Boys, Fall 2015

Jenna Pecorini
earned NJCAA, D1, All Region 10 Honors with 8 Goals & 10 assists - her team won the Region 10 Championship. Jenna is a Freshmen at Cape Fear CC in Wimington North Carolina - she is a former Kickers youth player and plays for our Womens First Team.

Artist Matt Runyard (u13 Boys White)


I hope this email finds you well. I wanted to reach out on behalf of
Bright Pink and thank you for your support through your October fundraising
efforts. It's thanks to groups like yours that we will be able to continue
to expand our programs across the country next year and save even more
women's lives from breast and ovarian cancer.

Please pass along our thanks to all of your players!

I look forward to the opportunity to work with you again in the future.


Brynn Draguesku | Associate Events Manager | Bright Pink (

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