St. Columbanus Athletic Center

The St. Columbanus Athletic Center is located at 7140 S. Calumet Ave. Built in 1933, it is adjacent to St. Columbanus School and is responsible for all of the school's athletic activities and many community athletic events. The Athletic Center is the athletic ministry of St. Columbanus Church.

Started in 1977, the league was initially open to the city's south side Catholic schools but twenty-three years later, in 2000, the league opened to any elementary school who wished to participate.

In 2002, the Athletic Center underwent a re-structuring. Since then we can proudly boast that we run the city’s largest all-inclusive elementary school basketball league for grades Kindergarten through 8th, including a girls division and all star game, all school cheer competition with divisions in pee-wee through high school varsity, an annual volleyball league, track meet and chess tournament. All of which are open to Catholic, public and private schools throughout the city and suburbs. Our summer men’s league is ranked 2nd in the city by those who play in the men’s circuit.

In 2016-2017, our largest season to date, we hosted more than 80 teams that included over 900 student-athletes from Catholic, public, charter and private schools from the Chicago area and suburbs in grades Kindergarten through 8th. We also proudly boast an all star and playoff/championship games that rival the excitement of any NCAA March Madness game or NBA Playoff game.

Every weekend this season, between September and March, we will welcome more than 1500 student-athletes, parents, and fans alike to what is affectionately known as, the 'Jr. NBA'.  In an effort to accommodate the many programs requesting to participate with us, this season we will also offer an open basketball league for churches, parks and clubs and a Charter school basketball league.

Leagues include:

Charter School Basketball League: 5th – 8th grade 

Elementary School/Open League: Kindergarten – 8th grade

Open League: School Grade = School Teams - Church/Park District/Club Teams/AAU

Men’s League: 19 & over

The coaches from the participating schools volunteer their time with very little recognition of what they give.  We are truly the Miracle on 71st Street. We do what we do with little to no fan fare and we are committed to being a beacon of hope in our community and providing opportunities to any child who walks through our doors.

All schedules and results from regular season games will be posted on our website and playoff games will be posted on  Games are played on a high school size basketball court with concessions sold on site with plenty of seating and parking.

For more specific information regarding upcoming registration for basketball or volleyball, contact the Athletic Center at 773-224-0531 or via email at