The Chicago White Sox have some truly dedicated fans. In 1994, the team decided to reach out to the youngsters who worshipped their footwear. They sought to provide kids with the same conditioning and training they honed their skills with, so they started a sports-training summer camp. In a mere seven years, demand for the trainers' services necessitated that the program conduct year-round sessions in all types of sports, and the Bulls/Sox Academy was born.
Taught by the trainers who spend their life making sure that the Sox and Bulls are ready to hit the field or court, Bulls/Sox Academy's lessons bring professional techniques to aspiring athletes. Baseball programs teach functional speed movements for high-speed base stealing and help kids build the upper-body strength to knock balls out of the park and through the windshield of their least favorite neighbor's minivan. The basketball course divvies up training between shooting, skills, and defensive play. The fast-pitch softball teachers—both former professional players and longtime coaches—arm students to beat back high-velocity pitches without hurting the ball's feelings.
Everybody knows how much kids love playing in the mud, and the organizers behind the Muddy Cheer Challenge have created a fun run that encourages adults to run, splash, and craw across a course sprinkled with obstacles and lots and lots of mud.
Of course, runners can always skip certain obstacles, but in return, they must be prepared to do a dance or get sprayed with a water gun. While participants conquer the sloppy course, volunteers, families, and friends show their support on the sidelines by cheering wildly and collectively blowing to push runners forward.
Once everyone has crossed the finish line, an after party celebrates the day with music, games, contests, and food. A portion of the profits from each run goes to benefit a local charity.
Sea Lion Aquatic Park is more of a network than a single pool?the park splits its reservoirs into separate areas for different ages and activities. Six lanes stretch across the 25-yard lap pool, which also serves as home to the Sea Lion swim team. Two body flume slides twist and turn into landing pools, while two short drop slides send riders into a "splash playground" filled with interactive water games. The Vortex pool, on the other hand, creates water resistance that's ideal for water aerobics; but turn the other way, and it becomes a mini lazy river.
The park also hosts special events. These occasions might have kids build their own boats for a cardboard regatta, or bring in a DJ to prove just how hard it is to charleston with your legs under water.
Every day of the week, Lisle Lanes rumbles as bowling balls collide with pins on 32 lanes. The facility remains a constant hive of activity, spreading competition across a combination of leagues, tournaments, parties, and pickup games. When they’re not secretly filling an opponent’s ball with cake frosting in between frames, players keep busy by visiting the onsite pro shop or the Kingpin Grille, stocked with freshly made pizzas, sandwiches, and burgers. They can also visit the alley’s game room or lounge for additional doses of recreation.
Get Fit Together is a not a mega-gym—there are no saunas and no smoothie bar. Get Fit Together doesn’t need all that—everything clients need to get fit in this personal-training and small-group-training gym is in a compact area, from free weights to strength-training equipment to cardio props. Designed for people who need motivation and one-on-one attention, Get Fit Together has knowledgeable, certified personal trainers working intently with clients and teaching classes in boxing, stretching and flexibility, boot camp, and power training.
Working with junior-high and high-school athletes in the Lisle and Naperville area, ESP Athletics teaches the fundamental tools and skills necessary to catch the eyes of coaches, college recruiters, and pro scouts. Working with the notion that athletes can be trained to become quicker, faster, and more explosive, ESP runs programs aimed to help them outperform their competitors and outrun their evil shadows.