Wilmette Hockey's Director of Coaching, Tom Finks, has been involved in a project that shows the power of sports to change and save lives--specifically focusing on the at-risk kids in high violence, gang-laden Chicago communities.
Please tune in Thursday, November 9th at 9pm on WTTW (Channel 11) to watch the 30 minute documentary "A Legacy of Hope" shot by Emmy-award winners Mike Leonard & Mary Kay Wall.
The documentary focuses on the Humboldt Park / Belmont-Cragin neighborhood and the collaboration of Tom Finks, his company Pro Sports Experience and their partnership with Parents for Peace and Justice to change and save lives through sports—in this case football as he partners with the Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers and NFL Alumni.
Hope is, through promotion of the broadcast and Tom’s involvement, we can grow the team for Parents for Peace and Justice and literally make social change through sports.
Episode 1: A Legacy of Hope
As a son of the late Jim Finks -- renowned NFL player, coach, and General Manager of the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears -- Tom Finks grew up in the world of elite athletics. So why did Tom say yes when Latino community leaders Robert Torres and Angel Lopez asked him to help found a less than amateurish touch football bowl? And how did the three create a cross-cultural, interstate contest with no funding and even less help? A Legacy of Hope shows what people with little in common can do when they join together in a common concern. It’s an untold Chicago story, focusing on neighborhood people who stand together -- building big shoulders against forces threatening children everywhere.
PARENTS FOR PEACE and JUSTICE
PRO SPORTS EXPERIENCE