Guaranteed spots for the Chicago Marathon!

Registration is open and RISE has guaranteed spots for the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Contact us at for the unique URL to register. Join Team RISE!

Registration Update from Bank of America:

“Registration for the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon has been postponed until March 19 at 12 p.m. Central Time to finalize a routine yet comprehensive assessment of our new registration process. We apologize for this inconvenience and thank you for your patience and understanding as we aim to ensure a seamless registration experience for all who wish to register for the event. The guaranteed entry and lottery entry deadline of April 7 at 12 p.m. remains unchanged.”

Interact with Africa Club at Wheeling

Wheeling HS Interact Club

Students and members of Interact with Africa at Wheeling High School were joined by Elvis and Ermina Huambo, visiting from Benguela, Angola and sharing their story. The club sold hot chocolate and donuts to raise money to educate kids in Angola!

WeGo 2 Africa

WeGo 2 Africa Club
It is WeGo 2 Africa week at Community High School in West Chicago. They are selling Gorilla grams for $1 and t-shirts. Tiny Tim’s “Tip Toe Through the Tulips” plays over and over in the hallways during passing periods until $200 is collected to “Change the Music” and change lives in Angola.

Caplow Children’s Prize finalists

The Caplow Children’s Prize finalists were announced today – RISE is one of eight!

School #150 Approved!

School #150 was approved and will be built at the village of Jimba in the Bie Province, a few kilometers outside of Kuito. The children will have an 8 classroom school as a result of the combined efforts of Team RISE 2013, students at LMU, our 2013 benefit and a generous matching donor!

Thank you Team RISE 2013

Congrats to all 2013 half-marathon and marathon runners! Thanks to supporters, family and friends who cheered along the route and to all who gave to educate kids in Angola! Since 2009, Team RISE has given over 5,300 children the opportunity to go to school! You can still donate and make a difference.

School Dedication – Viana

Viana, built by RISE and funded by BP and Subsea 7, was dedicated on September 10, 2013.  Excited students, teachers, community members, BP representatives and officials shared in the festivities. New desks and chalkboards were delivered.