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Athletics & Enrichment

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Basketball has been a part of the HPNC story from our very beginning in 1909. Participants develop fundamental skills while broadening players’ knowledge of positions and responsibilities for an increased basketball IQ. At HPNC, players learn age-appropriate skills and sportsmanship through drills and scrimmages.

Summer 2024: June 17 - August 9

5-8 year-olds

Tuesdays from 4:00-5:00pm

9-13 year-olds

Thursdays from 4:00-5:00pm

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Open Gym Basketball

Open gym basketball at HPNC is for new as well as skilled players. HPNC staff will facilitate 5-on-5 full court games, open to all genders. 

Open court basketball connects youth throughout the city with the goal of enjoying the game in a fun and safe environment. The free-play atmosphere provides youth agency with their play under the supervision of HPNC staff. 

Fall 2024: Stay tuned!

Elementary/Middle School (4th-8th grades)

When: TBD

Who: Open to all youth in grades 4-8 of any gender 

Cost: FREE, registration required

High School (9th-12th grades)

When: TBD

Who: Open to all youth in grades 9-12 of any gender

Cost: FREE, registration required


Chess Enrichment

Participants will learn the purpose and object of the game of chess. They will learn the difference between check and checkmate, the board, the pieces and how they move, piece value, en passant, castling, pawn promotion, opening theory, checkmating patterns, and chess etiquette. 

2024-25 School Year: Stay tuned!

Our instructors, Shiva Maharaj and Leon Liu, have an extensive knowledge of chess play. They bring decades of combined experience teaching and playing chess.

Shiva Maharaj has taught chess for over 26 years and is a certified instructor per the United States Chess Federation and FIDE.  Shiva continues to work with several Grandmasters from around the world and is personal friends with some of the most widely-known World Chess Champions.  Shiva comes highly recommended as a top coach and trainer by many Grandmasters. Many of his previous students have become Chess Masters and successful in both academic and personal endeavors. 

Leon Liu, our chess volunteer, is a high school student and has been playing chess for over 10 years. He is 1700 USCF rated at his peak! He has placed 28th in the National K-12 grade Championships, 3rd at Greater Chicago Championships, and 19th at the National High School Championships.

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Acrobatic Arts

This internationally acclaimed curriculum was developed by Mandy Yip and is offered at HPNC through our partner, Kenwood School of Ballet. Acro Dance is based on safe and effective progressions with proven results in five divisions of AcroDance – Flexibility, Strength, Balancing, Limbering, and Tumbling. Developed with input from professional experts in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, contortion, artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, yoga, Acro, Pilates, physiotherapy, and more, you will not find a more comprehensive program. Simple, thoughtful progressions take the beginner preschool level dancer from log rolls and somersaults to the advanced dancer tumbling effortlessly across the stage!

See current offerings on the Kenwood School of Ballet website

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