What We Do
Sidelined serves the community of permanently sidelined athletes in three ways:
RESOURCES - We publish research-based articles and interviews to assist in a healthy adjustment and emotional recovery. Through Sidelined Chicago, sidelined athletes are empowered with practical tools to help them move forward.
CONNECTION - Sidelined athletes need to know they are not alone. We connect sidelined athletes to others who have experienced career-ending injury/health condition through our online closed Facebook group and our Sidelined Stories interviews.
MENTORSHIPS - Sidelined Chicago exists to reunite permanently sidelined athletes with their passions. Through our mentorship program, we inspire and equip sidelined athletes to reconnect with their passions through alternate avenues.
Cade Pinalto became permanently sidelined his 7th grade year. Cade, who was a dedicated athlete and basketball player, was told he would no longer be able to compete in his sport. Later, when Cade reached high school, the mens varsity basketball coach offered to teach him how to coach. The experience was incredible as Cade was able to participate in his sport through another avenue. Cade started the idea for Sidelined Chicago in April of 2016. With the help of his mother, Co-founder Christine Pinalto, and the Sidelined team, Sidelined Chicago has been brought to fruition.
Opening it's doors in 2017, Sidelined Chicago is working to better the lives of sidelined athletes, helping them make the shift to redefine their satisfaction and embrace their new reality in a meaningful way.
Sidelined Chicago exists to reunite permanently sidelined athletes with their passions and inspire them to find a meaningful way forward.
To see athletes create within themselves a positive mindset, requiring their personal best in order to fearlessly face and overcome their challenges, both on and off the court/field.
Our Core Values
Charles R. Swindoll once said, “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” We believe that no matter the circumstance, there is always room for positivity. Though we acknowledge that positivity is seldom easy, especially in difficult circumstances, it is necessary to have a “glass half full” (not vice versa) mentality. Positivity propels you to move forward in your life. Successful athletes believe that they are never out of the fight. This attitude translates to any aspect of life, including being sidelined. If you seek success, you must also seek positivity.
Similar to perseverance, we value the ability to adapt to the challenges of life. Adaptability is perhaps the most important of our core values. The Sidelined Chicago mission is built on the idea of adapting to a negative situation to create a positive outcome where there seemingly is none. Sidelined athletes must learn to do we what we call “make the shift” and adapt to their new reality. No athlete expects to be sidelined, however, make the best of the situation by making the shift and channeling that passion for competing to an alternate means of participation. “All failure is failure to adapt. All success is successful adaptation,” -Max Mckeown
We know that life doesn’t always work out the way we might expect. This can be both for better or worse. Regardless of the situation, the key to dealing with any unexpected change is to power through, facing the deterrent and making the best of what you're given. Specifically, in the life of a sidelined athlete, perseverance is crucial. Studies show that the solution/resolution to being sidelined is finding a new passion or challenge. The road to resolution is long and hard. Just as perseverance is needed in sports, it is also needed to get through the devastation of being permanently sidelined.
It is not enough to be devoted to what we do. We must also be diligent and good stewards of the time we have been given. At Sidelined Chicago, we want to maximize our potential for community impact and support an underserved community, permanently sidelined athletes. Even though our primary focus is providing mentorships to youths in the Chicagoland area, we recognize that permanently sidelined athletes all over the world are in need of social support and coping resources to navigate a healthy adjustment to their new reality. To that end, we are building an array of resources available for free on our website, accessible to all sidelined athletes and their families across the globe.
Sidelined Chicago is passionate about serving the community together. We are an organization built on the foundation of giving back to others what we have received. Similar to an individual athlete contributing as just one member of a larger team, Sidelined Chicago and its members recognize that we are a part of something bigger than ourselves and are committed to working together for the greater good. “In a real sense all life is inter-related . . . Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the inter-related structure of reality." - Rev. Martin Luther King
We highly value work ethic and devotion. Just as they are relevant in sports, working with maximum effort, working with resilience, and focusing on the details are relevant within the Sidelined Chicago Program. John Wooden once said, “It is the little things that are vital. Little things make big things happen.” This is our philosophy. You must be devoted to your task and be determined to work to your fullest potential. Maximum effort will yield maximum results.