May 3, 2016 10:45 am
On April 19, the Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF) honored Kartemquin Film's 50th anniversary with a special screening of In the Game. The 2015 documentary follows the ups and downs of the Kelly High School girls’ soccer team in Chicago to reveal the very real obstacles that low-income Latina students confront in their quest for higher education. In the Game premiered at the Gene Siskel Film Center in August 2015. A film that took six years to complete, at that time the three young ladies featured in the film- Elizabeth, Maria and Alicia - had all left college due to various challenges including the lack of funds. At the CLFF, Director Maria Finitzo and the three young ladies proudly announced that they were all back in college. This was made possible through the generosity of The Reva and David Logan Foundation who had attended the premiere. All three ladies received scholarships allowing them to enroll back in school and once again achieve their goals. "The aim for these scholarships will be to provide ongoing financial support that will fill in the cost gaps for students to attend four year colleges," said Peter Handler, Executive Director of the Logan Foundation. Nationwide, Latinos make up 22% of the students in elementary and high schools, and yet only make up 12% of students in college. Understanding that increasing access to college for all students lifts whole communities out of poverty, The Logan Foundation also made a new commitment to Kelly High School and the Brighton Park Neighborhood Council to fund a scholarship program to help many more future young women graduates of Kelly High School attend college. Each scholarship will be between $2,000 and $5,000 per year for four years. Together, the Logan Foundation and Brighton Park Neighborhood Council will identify 5-10 recipients to receive the award every year. The Logan Foundation also arranged for donation and delivery of 100 art books to Kelly High School. For anyone who would like to get involved, or donate to help more young women go to college, or learn more about the scholarship, they can contact the Brighton Park Neighborhood Council. Find more information about In the Game at www.inthegamedoc.com.