2006 Urban Initiatives hosts their first Soccer Ball. The first Soccer Ball marked the first major fundraising gala for Urban Initiatives. This annual gala raises money for our programs and celebrates the stakeholders that make our programs possible. In its first year, the Soccer Ball raised $70,000. In 2018, the Soccer Ball raised $650,000. It is a trademark event that is always the party of the year!
2007 Urban Initiatives hired their first full-time staff member. UI's programs were made possible with the help of volunteers and part-time coaches for years. In 2007, we hired our first full-time operational staff member. Today, UI employs over 200 part and full time staff members across the city! In 2017, Urban Initiatives rolled out our partnership with After School Matters. This partnership allows UI participants who are now high schoolers in our Coach for Success program to come back and work as staff members during summer camp!