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Moody Soccer Soon to Move

The Moody Bible Institute recently announced that there will be a sale of particular parts of its urban campus in downtown Chicago. Amongst the buildings and parts of land that have been offered up for sale is the Moody soccer field. A recent article on Crain’s Chicago Business website, details more of the proposed sale and the hiring of a firm to sell “non-critical” parts of the campus. The sale of land will help to fund and fuel Moody’s growth initiatives for 2030.

Jon Forsythe, a graduate of Moody and the current, Moody’s Men’s Soccer Head Coach, recently gave an update to alumni of the soccer program,

Please join us in praying for the future of the school and the soccer program in this time of transition – the facilities may look different in a few years, but the purpose of the school and the program remain the same: training and equipping students to be ministers of the Gospel.

Forsythe also shared that the Men’s Soccer Program will continue and that the remainder of the 2019 season will be unaffected by the field being put up for sale. But future iterations of the soccer program will look different. Coach Forsythe and the school have mentioned that, following the sale of the land, the soccer program will continue, using an off-campus field for training and matches. The location of which is yet to be determined.

Moody’s soccer field, famous for its location and known to slow down ‘L’ drivers curious to watch a game, will soon be sold by the school and developed.

In what may be a forever goodbye for a place special in many student’s hearts and memories, Moody Men’s Soccer will host its annual alumni game on Saturday, October 12. Coach Forsythe hopes to see the field full of generations of Moody Soccer players. But for alumni unable to attend, an open invitation exists for alumni to come by for any remaining home games or training sessions.

Please pray for Soccer Chaplains United chaplain Pete Distler as he works with the men’s soccer program — both for the current students and athletes and the alumni, as well. And pray for Moody as they continue to orient the school and students and education in a difficult time for Christian higher education.

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