On April 22, 2018, CTL hosted its annual Health Connection Day and we discussed everything necessary to maintain good health and grooming, from hair care, dental care, general hygiene and even preserving our bodies by abstaining from sexual relationships. Free haircuts and beauty services were provided along with free health care packages. it was a great success! There was even a four-team basketball tournament, thanks to Coach Joseph. Thanks to Coach Isaiah and Brother Maurice for their expert barber services and Sis Barbara of Mary Kay for the lip and hand facials. We want to also thank Illini-Care for sponsoring the pizza, chips, and juice and to our very own Minister Chelsea for coordinating the event and the giveaways.
On August 21, 2016, just before the young ones return to school, CTL provided book bags, stocked with school supplies to CTL youth members. Approximately 50 students were blessed to receive some of the tools that will help equip them in their preparation for entering the new school year.
On August 19, 2016, CTL's pre-teen and teenage girls from ages 11 to 15 came together for our first annual Girls Night In slumber party. There was plenty of pizza, swimming in the pool, pampering each other with facials and nail painting, popcorn, chips and dips, candy, games, lots of Girl Talk and just plain fun. We stayed overnight at one of the luxurious Hilton Hotels in downtown Chicago where we bonded and created everlasting memories of Christian Sisterhood!
On June 26th, CTL celebrated our 2016 graduates. From kindergartners through high schoolers, every graduate was presented with a certificate of honor and a bag of gifts. Also participants in our iHoop4Christ Basketball program were awarded MVP (Most Valuable Person), MIP (Most Improved Person) and All Star medals for off-court leadership, dedication and scholastic achievements during the corresponding school year.
It is our belief that what happens on the court starts long before a basketball is ever picked up. It begins with the shaping and strengthening of character. Our deepest desire and heartfelt goal is to instill in each of our youth godly character, a winning attitude, and solid leadership skills, with the intent to build up strong, courageous and bold warriors for the Kingdom of God. In sports, one will win some and lose some, but in life, CTL’s youth will always be winners!
We had the pleasure of serving the youth of our community through Christmas Care 2015, an event that allowed us to not only distribute presents that had been so graciously donated, but to provide Barber & Salon Services from licensed professionals who considered it their ministry and pleasure to do so. We just want to say thank you to all of those who supported the event and made it such a success!