Connor & Regina: Summer Academy Highlights

Why should you apply for CESA 18? Don't just take our word for it, hear Connor and Regina's why! 

CONNOR is a senior goalkeeper at John Brown University from Colorado and has participated in two previous Summer Academies. He hopes to be involved in Sports Ministry post graduation.

What was the most helpful thing you experienced during Eagles? The SMT (Sports Ministry Training) sessions. They have really showed me how to truly use soccer as ministry as a coach or player. Playing for Christ and being able to glorify him through this game has become incredibly important to me, whether in the summer or on my college team. The SMT sessions have taught me how to do this every time I play while dealing with the ups and downs that come with soccer

What is a post Academy challenge?  For me, is not being around other Eagles throughout the school year. I would love to have someone or people around to continue to discuss these things with and hold each other accountable. I find often that I just really want to talk about the summer, but the people around me don't exactly understand because they don't have the same experiences.

What was your favorite part of your Academy experience? The international tour is definitely my favorite part of the summer. I would do tour for the whole summer if that was a possibility. I would absolutely recommend doing the summer academy to anyone.

Why should you come to the Academy? As cheesy as it may sound, it really was very life-changing. The academy is such an incredible environment for growth and learning that it's hard to not feel some sort of change for the rest of your life.

REGINA is a senior defender at Mount Vernon Nazarene University from Cleveland, OH.  She has participated in the Summer Academy in 2015 and 2017.  

What was the most helpful thing you experienced during Eagles? I've found the practiced spiritual disciplines incredibly helpful. One of the most impactful SMT sessions was in Moody. We were asked if we were comfortable with our prayer life, and I realized I wasn't; I'm still not. But it encouraged me to seek after the Lord even more through prayer.

What is your favorite part of Academy? And why should you come to the Academy? My favorite part of the academy was the community. There is a wholeness and a homeliness at Eagles that is unmatched, and I would definitely recommend the Academy because its a place of growth and renewal in the Lord.

Team Talks: U15 Boys

The Chicago Eagles Boys 03s are having a tough season if you just look at our record. However, this team is growing in many ways that are more long lasting and life impacting than just the game of soccer. Although growth is at times uncomfortable or painful to experience; small or large, growth is an awesome thing to see come to fruition.

The 03s are a mix of several very talented players, several players who are new to the game, and a mix of Eagle veterans and players who are new to the Eagles. The team is also extremely culturally diverse with 6 different nationalities represented. As team, they are learning the importance of coming together to work for and with each other to see success on the field. We are learning that to be successful as young men in the game of soccer and beyond, we must be a unified force looking out for the good of each other. 

We are learning and growing together, players, coaches, and as a club. 

Prayer requests: For continued growth in team unity, focus at practice, for players to honor their commitment to being at practice and games.  

Please also pray for Coach Sam, Coach Nick, and Coach Ethan as they work with this group of young men. 



Team Talks: U14 Girls

This fall season, more than half of our girls are new to the Chicago Eagles and new to soccer.  They are very talkative and get along well, which is awesome to see.  Every Tuesday, we have our team Bible study.  We spend time sharing our testimonies with each other.  That has been powerful! As the season progresses, we will be going through the book “Lies Young Women Believe and the Truth that sets them Free.”  I am most excited to speak biblical truth into these girls' lives as they are going through the struggles and trials of being a middle school girls.    ~Coach Ashley

Prayer Requests: Wisdom for Ashley as a coach and what the best way to teach and instruct the girls about the sport of soccer and bring unity to the team.


Coach's Corner: Jean & Elliot

The Coach's Corner is a way for you to get to know our coaching staff and find out a little bit more about the teams they coach! Keep reading to find out why Coach Jean and Coach ET love working with our u11 boy's team. 

Who: Jean De Souza

Who Do You Coach: U11 boys

Why: They are young, coachable, and excited to learn about soccer and be a part of the team. 

Strengths of team: The boys are high energy and always find a way to have a fun time at practices and games.

Spiritual emphasis for season: We are learning about Jesus' parables. 

Cool story/moment: A few weeks ago while visiting my players and their families in the Urban Ministry neighborhood, I had the privilege of being invited to join a family for dinner. I was so happy and thankful that the family blessed me with a seat at their table and shared a meal with me. At dinner gathered around the table, we all had the chance to get to know each other better.  

Who: Elliot Thompson (Coach ET)

Who Do You Coach:  U11 boys

Why: I feel as if this is the age where they can start to understand the game and coaching points. You can see individual technical improvements really quickly. You also get to watch their understanding of the game improve and grow.

Strengths of team: We saw drastic improvements from the first to the sixth practice. This team is fun and very coachable. They truly have a love for the game of soccer!

Spiritual emphasis for season: The Parables of Jesus. 

Cool story/moment: When I first told them to call me ET, they started combining as many different letters as they could think of and called me anything from: BE, EJ, JC, EB, and many more... They are a good group of young men and I am excited walk with them through this season. 

Micro League Fall 2017

Yesterday was the kickoff of Micro League for the fall.  The fun has begun!  And we had a record number of kids join us, 57 kids!  And if your kid was not there, they can still join us!

Click HERE to register online!

Who: Kindergarten-5th Grade

Where: Wegner Elementary School (1180 Marcella Lane, West Chicago, IL 60185)

When: Mondays & Wednesdays, September 6th-October 11

Time: 5:30-6:30pm 

Cost: $30 per player for the 6 week session, includes a Eagles T-shirt

Tournament: October 14th at Wheaton Academy