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Vipers Baseball and Softball

Franklin Park Vipers provides a youth baseball and softball program for ages 5 through 17 years old for the residents of Franklin Park and the surrounding communities. The Vipers organization has been a proud affiliate of the Park District of Franklin Park for over fourteen years. We provide an indoor training facility that Vipers players can use for free, once they are registered. The training facility has two batting cages and an open area for throwing and pitching. Indoor clinics and practices start after registration and will continue until the weather permits us to go outside (April 1st). Our spring/summer season runs from mid-April to the end of June, consisting of 16 to 18 games. In addition to the regular season, we have participated in Sunday leagues, summer tournaments, Fall Ball and trips to Cooperstown, New York. Our league is run and managed by volunteers. Every season we look for ways of improving and with volunteer help, we can accomplish those goals. Registration for the 2013 season will be held at the practice facility at 4045 Tugwell Street in Franklin Park.

Registration dates are:
Saturday, January 17 - 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Friday, January 23 - 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 24 - 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

For more information, contact Mark White at 847-800-5574 or Phil Fontanetta 630-272.2473. For more details, please visit


Thunder Soccer

This fall Thunder Soccer will begin its 33 year of providing a quality recreational youth soccer program for kids in the Leyden community.

The Thunder Soccer Club was established in 1983 and is conducted primarily by parents as volunteers that become Coaches and Board Members. Thunder Soccer Club is a member of the Illinois Youth Soccer Association (IYSA) based in Arlington Heights, Illinois. IYSA is associated with US Youth Soccer. In March 2009, Thunder Soccer was recognized by IYSA and its 375 member clubs as the 2008 - State of Illinois, “Youth Soccer Club of the Year.”

Registration for Thunder Soccer’s Fall season will be held on two dates: Saturdays, August 22 and August 29 (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.) at the Community Center. Fall practices will begin on Tuesday, September 8. The program includes twice-weekly practices on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at various parks and schools in the Leyden area. Games are played on Sundays at West Leyden H.S., 1000 Wolf Road, Northlake. This season’s first games will be played on Sunday, September 13. The final games will be played on Sunday, November 1. 

Our Spring 2015 season sold out before the end of the second registration date. Don’t be left out. More volunteer coaches will allow more kids to play. Volunteer to Coach at registration.

Participants must be 5 years old by September 1, 2015. The program is intended for boys and girls in Kindergarten through eighth grades. Each participant receives a uniform (shirt and socks) participants provide shin guards and black (pull on) gym shorts. Soccer shoes or cleats are not required. Gym shoes are acceptable for practice and game play. Thunder sponsors a “Shoe Exchange” for our players to donate previously used soccer shoes to the program and players may “borrow” a pair to use for the season and to return them to the Thunder “Shoe Exchange” at the end of the season. In accordance with IYSA rules, Players must wear protective goggles. Eye glasses are not allowed to be worn in practices or in games.

Registration fee is $65 per player, with discounts for siblings. Your registration fee includes, Two one-hour weekly practices and one game per week (weather permitting), Supplemental Liability Insurance through IYSA, Team Photo package, Game award and Trophies for each player.

For more information, contact Richard Link at 847-233-9176 or Miguel Valdez at (847) 233-9176.


Franklin Park Speed Skating Club

The Franklin Park Speed Skating Club trains skaters to compete locally, regionally, and nationally in the exciting sport of Short Track Speed Skating. The club is open to skaters of all ability and experience levels below the age of 21. For more information, call Melissa Koenig at 708-383-0255.

Leyden Bears Football and Cheerleading

Play football or cheerlead for one of the best organizations in the area. Regular season runs from August 1 through October 31. For registration or more information call Bill Otte, 708-562-8323. Visit their website at

PLS Volleyball League - Polonijna Liga Siatkowki Chicago

Organizes an elite level of amateur competition of local teams. Inaugural season operates from January through April ending the season with an all-star game. Exciting competition can be experienced Sundays, 11:30 am - 4:00 pm at the Community Center.

The league is dedicated to promoting and creating an amateur and competitive sporting atmosphere for volleyball. Activities of the organization include organizing volleyball leagues and tournments. More information can be found on their website at

WSSRA - West Suburban Special Recreation Association

West Suburban Special Recreation AssociationThe mission of the West Suburban Special Recreation Association is to provide superior recreation services for persons with disabilities.

West Suburban Special Recreation Association

2915 Maple St
Franklin Park, Illinois 60131

Phone: (847) 455-2100


WSSRA offers programs for persons with a wide range of disabilities and handicapping conditions.

This includes individuals who have:

  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Autism
  • Behavior Difficulties
  • Developmental Delays
  • Down Syndrome
  • Epilepsy
  • Hearing Impairments
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Mental Disabilities
  • Mental Illness
  • Multiple Impairments
  • Physical Impairments
  • Visual Impairments

The variety of programs include:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Athletics
  • Dance
  • Games
  • Social Clubs
  • Toy Lending (Lekotek)
  • Bowling
  • Day Camps/Away Camps
  • Music
  • Special Olympics
  • Community Trips
  • Fitness
  • Skill Development
  • Swim
  • Trips

To learn more about the process, services, participation, and WSSRA programs or how to register, visit or call (847) 455-2100.

Click here for the Inclusion Booklet.

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In addition to the many sports programs offered by the Park District of Franklin Park, there are several organizations that coordinate instructional, recreational, and competitive youth programs. Volunteer parents and adults are the backbone of these programs. For more information on Thunder Soccer, Vipers Baseball and Softball or WSSRA, please contact these groups directly.