USA Team Handball

Jul 02 Chicago Inter promotes handball at Taste of Chicago festival

July 02, 2009, 3:32 p.m. (ET)

In its latest event to help promote team handball, the Chicago Inter presented the sport to throngs of people at the 27th Taste of Chicago, the largest festival in the Windy City that attracts more than 6 million people every year. The Inter Handball Club, in cooperation with World Sport Chicago and Chicago 2016, led exhibitions and demonstrations at the Taste Sports Pavilion for several hours June 28.

“World Sport Chicago/2016 have been very supportive,” said Jacque Messel, president of Chicago Inter. “This is the third event in six months where have worked together to get hundreds of kids involved in team handball.”

Thirty members of Inter and a handful of volunteers from Chicago 2016 worked to make the showcase possible. The club played two exhibition games at the festival in Grant Park; after each match, the athletes explained the sport to groups of children, ages 6 to 16, allowing them to play and referee. A hundred youth took part in the action with crowds of spectators in attendance.

Athlete Aida Kulasic said, “Everybody had a lot of fun. The weather was great; we had a lot of people watching and participating.”

In addition to handball, the Taste Sports Pavilion also housed meet and greets with Paralympians and Olympians, opportunities to play with professional Chicago teams and other “World Sport Chicago/ 2016 Interactive Activities” such as fencing and judo.

This was the Inter’s first year at the Taste of Chicago. The club recently sent two men’s teams and one women’s team to USA Team Handball’s 2009 Nationals. Inter’s women successfully defended their title as national champions. Visit the Chicago Inter at http://www.chicagointerhandball.org.