Shortly after announcing his retirement in September 2014, it didn't take long for Logan Pause to sort out his next career move.
Last November, the 12-year Chicago Fire veteran accepted the vice president position in the club's front office, and more than six months later, Pause is still relishing his role.
As part of a new partnership with City Year Chicago initiated last year, the club's front office - with help from the Chicago Fire Foundation and the Hauptman Family Foundation - visited Carl Schurz High School on Monday for City Year Staff Service Day to help freshmen with various life-mapping exercises.
In his new capacity, Pause serves as an ambassador for community programming among other responsibilities. On Monday, the longtime Fire midfielder helped spearhead the new-found initiative while being able to impart some of his wisdom to local Chicago students.
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"It's special to have everyone from our front office with the Chicago Fire and City Year, and Andrew Hauptman, our owner, has got a big hand in that," Pause said. "It's special to be able to come in to our community and help our youth.
"These are the kind of days that, as an organization, we get to come serve and love on others. The real winners, we feel, are us and that we get to come alongside our youth and help them grow. It's a special day for us."
With 337 appearances to his name for the Men in Red, Pause's presence and contributions off the field have been duly noted. A member of the Chicago Fire Foundation Board of Directors since 2009, he was also named the winner of the 2009 MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarian of the Year for his work in the community. While still struggling to relinquish the innate, competitive itch of wanting to play the game from time to time, Pause is savoring his new responsibility, all while gaining precious perspective from the younger generation.
"Hopefully, I can learn a little something," he added. "Any time you get a chance to sit with kids, you just try to show them love and get to know them a little bit.
"It's going really well. It's definitely a learning curve, not lacing the boots up every day, but I'm grateful for the opportunity to continue to represent this club."
Hear what else Pause had to say in the video above. To learn more about the Fire's continued partnership with City Year, check out www.chicago-fire.com/community/partners.