Kendall Coyne Schofield grew up in the suburbs, and through hard work, determination and support from her family and friends, made us all proud by earning an Olympic gold medal as a captain of the USA Women’s Hockey Team.

Now, she’s giving back to the community that helped build her by building a brand new park for kids to play on for generations.

Along with her husband Michael Schofield, an Orland Park native and offensive lineman for the Chicago Bears, the Kendall Coyne Schofield Dream Big park will soon be a reality.


Construction continues on the park in the Misty Meadows subdivision near Palos South Middle School. The park is sports-themed, naturally, and dedicated to inclusion…something a girl playing in boys’ hockey leagues all her life knows a bit about!

According to a great write-up by the Patch’s Jeff Arnold:

The park includes a variety of sports equipment but is also accessible to meet the standards of the Americans With Disabilities Act. It offers sensory equipment for park visitors who need it and provides special surfaces to allow anyone to be able to use the space to its full capacity, Coyne Schofield said on Wednesday and allowing park-goers to leave knowing that the space is there for them.

Look for the park to be opened by September.