15 Apr 2016

Chicago, IL (April 15, 2016) – Chicago's Grant Park will once again be home to the world’s largest charitable kickball tournament on June 25, 2016. C.H. Robinson will host the 13th annual Kicks for a Cure event, benefiting Receptions for Research: The Greg Olsen Foundation. Team registration is now open at www.kicksforacure.mytmc.com.

The one-day event features over 1,600 participants, playing on 67 teams in an effort to raise money to support Receptions for Research, founded by Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen.

The cost for a team of 12 players is $1,700 with a $250 deposit due at registration. The cost for additional team members is $50 per person. After a team signs up, participants have the option to raise additional money for Receptions for Research by collecting donations from friends and family before the tournament. The top three teams that raise the most money before the event get to play against Olsen’s team during the tournament and receive autographed memorabilia from Olsen.

Individuals who want to attend and support Kicks for a Cure but are not playing on a team can purchase a $50 spectator pass, which includes food and beverages in addition to access to the event. Spectator passes can be purchased on the Kicks for a Cure website.

“Kicks for a Cure is something our employees, the Olsen family, and hundreds of participants look forward to every year. Everyone has a great time, all while supporting an even greater cause,” said Jason Chamberlain, event organizer and business development manager at TMC, a division of C.H. Robinson that is headquartered in Chicago.

“I’m really proud of the impact C.H Robinson and our employees have on their communities and the people within them. This commitment is about more than corporate responsibility; it’s about our culture and supporting the philanthropic interests of our employees as they volunteer, donate and give back to their communities,” said Angie Freeman, Chief Human Resources Officer at C.H. Robinson.

Since its inception, Kicks for a Cure has raised over $1.5 million for local charitable causes.

C.H. Robinson is Chicago’s largest logistics company and has doubled its local headcount since 2005. Its nearly 2,000 Chicago employees account for almost 15 percent of its global workforce—more than any other market where the company operates.

Established in 2009, Receptions for Research believes everyone deserves a second chance at life and is dedicated to providing hospitals, doctors, and researchers with the necessary resources to save those affected with various types of cancers.

“We always said that if we were in a position to give back, we would. This is our way of doing that in Chicago,” says Olsen.

The inspiration for Receptions for Research is Olsen’s mother, Sue, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001. Remembering the harsh effects his mother endured, Olsen wanted to make a difference in not only his mother’s life, but in the lives of families who are affected by cancer diagnosis every day.

"My mother’s diagnosis was a shock to our family. We watched her tackle cancer head-on while still raising a family and attending our extracurricular activities. I am happy to say that through perseverance and exceptional care she was able to overcome breast cancer. Our goal is for everyone to come out a survivor, just like my mom," said Olsen.

About C.H. Robinson

Founded in 1905, C.H. Robinson is a global provider of multimodal logistics services, fresh produce sourcing, and information services to approximately 110,000 customers through a network of more than 280 offices and over 13,000 employees around the world. The company works with over 68,000 transportation providers worldwide. C.H. Robinson is a Fortune 500 company with annual revenues of $13.5 billion in 2015.

Through the company and its Foundation, C.H. Robinson and its employees contribute millions of dollars annually to a variety of organizations, including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Community Health Charities, American Red Cross, Children's Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota, and Global Impact. The company is headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and has been publicly traded on the NASDAQ since 1997. For more information about C.H. Robinson, visit http://www.chrobinson.com

About TMC

TMC is a division of C.H. Robinson, one of the world’s largest third party logistics (3PL) providers. TMC offers Managed TMS®, which combines a global transportation management system (TMS), logistics process expertise, and consulting services. Through six Control Tower® locations around the globe in Amsterdam, Chicago, Mumbai, São Paulo, Shanghai, and Wroclaw, clients can access cloud-based, proprietary TMS technology, logistics experts, and supply chain engineers to manage their day-to-day operations and optimize supply chain performance. In 2015, TMC managed over 4.2 million shipments and handled $2.7 billion in freight under management for clients around the world. For more information, visit www.mytmc.com.


Receptions for Research: The Greg Olsen Foundation is the charitable organization founded by Greg Olsen. Proceeds go towards various types of cancers, more specifically breast cancer. For more information about Receptions for Research, visit http://www.receptionsforresearch.org/index.html.