Improving the future for children is the motivation for why Cook established the Midwest Sports Academy in 2012. The academy offers sports and character-building programs that teach youth the core values of a strong work ethic, personal discipline, honesty, respect and inspiration for making positive life decisions.

"I started this program to see children accomplish their dreams," Cook said. "This program provides an opportunity to make a difference for all the children who don't have the financial means or just the chance at a hopeful future. They learn to develop good citizenship and life skills that will benefit them now and as adults."

The academy features a host of programs, from outdoor activities, mentoring and sports programs to mission trips. Program offerings are designed to meet kids’ specific needs. The academy serves students from a wide range of communities, including Rockford, Elgin, Aurora, Bartlett, Streamwood, Schaumburg, South Elgin and Crystal Lake.


Our mission is to provide the kids ages 9-16 years old with opportunities to develop good citizenship and college readiness skills through our programs. We are dedicated through our core values of developing a strong work ethic, personal discipline, honesty, and respect to inspire youth to make positive decisions throughout their lives. We are committed to help youth to embrace these core values as they are central to our programs and operations.