In line with our mission to provide support to the Chicago community, SVP Chicago chose to postpone our 5th Chicago Fast Pitch Competition that was originally scheduled for April of 2020 until May of 2021 as a precaution against the covid-19 pandemic.
Congratulations to our 2020/21 winners:
Judges’ Award ($10,000) – Monica Beckford Curry, Greenhouse Scholars
Coaches’ Award ($7,500) – Andrew DeMuro, Guitars Over Guns
Audience Award ($5,000) – Britney Robbins, The Gray Matter Experience
Class of 2020/21 Finalists
Judges Award ($10,000):
Monica Beckford Curry, Greenhouse Scholars
Greenhouse Scholars is a diverse community of leaders using education to transform underserved communities in our backyard and around the world. We empower promising young students with the personal, professional, and financial resources they need to create lasting change in their own lives and the lives of others, regardless of circumstances.
Coaches’ Award ($7,500)
Andrew DeMuro, Guitars Over Guns
Guitars Over Guns is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that offers students from our most vulnerable communities a powerful combination of music education and mentorship with professional musicians to help them overcome hardship, find their voice and reach their potential as tomorrow’s leaders.
Audience Award ($5,000)
Bevon Joseph, Greenwood Project
A finance industry without barriers to entry and advancement for Black and Latinx people.
Quilen Blackwell, Chicago Eco House
Chicago Eco House uses sustainability to alleviate poverty in the Chicago neighborhoods and Detroit through community gardens. Additionally, they operate an in-house flower shop, Southside Blooms. While the Chicago Eco House is an emerging leader in urban agricultural that spurs bottom-up economic development in the inner city. Its story spans three generations and intersects with many of the biggest events that shaped African-American history over the last 70 years.
Debra Gittler, ConTextos
Contextos is an organization that works to end the cycle of trauma and violence through healing instead of punishment. Their theory of change is based on the belief that cycles of violence can be interrupted by co-creating spaces of healing and empowerment, and that young people deserve tangible, high quality opportunities that support both process and product.
Dan Hostetler, Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center
Above and Beyond is a licensed Level I and Level II outpatient addiction treatment facility located on the West side of Chicago at 2942 West Lake Street. Their focus is serving Chicago’s community of the disenfranchised with a long history of unemployment and substance abuse impacting both the family and the community at large.
Juliet Sorensen, Injustice Watch
Injustice Watch is a non-partisan, not-for-profit journalism organization that conducts in-depth research exposing institutional failures that obstruct justice and equality.
Ed Stellon, Heartland Alliance Health
The mission of the Heartland Alliance is to improve personal, community and public health through innovative collaboration.