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Chipotle Named Official Restaurant Of IYSA
Burrito Chain Commits to Supporting Young Athletes

Illinois Youth Soccer is pleased to announce Chipotle Mexican Grill as the Official Restaurant of the Illinois Youth Soccer league and an official sponsor of the state’s largest youth soccer organization. Chipotle has already kicked off the partnership by providing bags, t-shirts and free burrito cards for State Cup, Illinois Cup and Presidents Cup champions.

“We are very excited to add Chipotle as a sponsor of Illinois Youth Soccer,” said Mary Jane Bender, Illinois Youth Soccer Executive Director. “Chipotle’s dedication to providing high quality food using the freshest ingredients separates them from typical fast food restaurants. As we were giving the free burrito cards to the champions of our recent tournaments, many of the players seemed more excited about the free burrito then winning a state title. I think that speaks volumes about Chipotle.”

In addition to their involvement in the State Cup, Illinois Cup and Presidents Cup, Chipotle will also be providing:

  • Water bottles for each member of the Illinois Olympic Development Program State Teams.
  • Soccer balls to each of the 300 kids participating in the Illinois Youth Soccer For Success Programs which is dedicated to providing opportunities to underprivileged children in Chicago’s inner city.

"Chipotle has a long history of supporting youth programs making a positive impact in the community," said Chris Arnold, communications director at Chipotle. "We are proud to partner with Illinois Youth Soccer and play a part in helping young kids fulfill their potential."

Chipotle joins a group of community-minded companies that have pledged support to Illinois Youth Soccer in 2012 including SCORE: American Soccer Company, All American Awards & Apparel, Athletico, the Chicago Fire, Chicagoland Soccer News, Coerver Coaching, The Daily Herald, Demosphere, Dick’s Sporting Goods, GotSoccer, iGoal, Powerade, Skillzys, and Rainout Line.

About Chipotle: Steve Ells, founder, chairman and co-CEO, started Chipotle with the idea that food served fast did not have to be a typical fast food experience. Today, Chipotle continues to offer a focused menu of burritos, tacos, burrito bowls (a burrito without the tortilla) and salads made from fresh, high-quality raw ingredients, prepared using classic cooking methods and served in a distinctive atmosphere. Through our vision of Food With Integrity, Chipotle is seeking better food from using ingredients that are not only fresh, but that—where possible—are sustainably grown and naturally raised with respect for the animals, the land, and the farmers who produce the food. A similarly focused people culture, with an emphasis on identifying and empowering top performing employees, enables us to develop future leaders from within. Chipotle opened with a single restaurant in 1993 and currently operates more than 1,250 restaurants. For more information, visit www.Chipotle.com