As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Chicago Fire teamed up with Southern New Hampshire University as one of eight MLS clubs to host a job shadow experience for local students as part of theRompe Las Barreras (Break Through The Barriers) program.
The purpose of the Rompe Las Barrerras campaign is designed for Hispanic students to gain valuable real-world work experience, insights and exposure helping to motivate and encourage advanced career development beyond post-graduation.
On Friday, Sept. 28, students from Gage Park’s Solorio Academy were invited to get a behind-the-scenes look at how the day-to-day operations work at Toyota Park. The group took part in Q&A sessions with Chicago Fire President and General Manager Nelson Rodríguez and Chief Operating Officer John Urban, and took part in breakout sessions with club representatives from the game operations, partnership marketing, fan experience, business intelligence, and digital media departments as well the Chicago Fire Foundation.
The students capped the day with a tour of Toyota Park that included stops in the locker room, field tunnel, control room, press box and more. The experience was punctuated when the group was recognized on-field at halftime during the Fire’s 3-1 win over LAFC on Saturday, Sept. 29.