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Intern Perspectives: Gina Dacy on Veterans Charity Challenge

Intern Perspectives: Gina Dacy on Veterans Charity Challenge

I am so excited to be working as a development intern at World Sport Chicago, and it is an honor for me to be focusing on the fundraising aspect of the Valor Games Midwest. Right now we are in the midst of the Veterans Charity Challenge, an online fundraising campaign through CrowdRise. The founders of

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Warrior Wednesday: Tech Sgt. Israel Del Toro

Warrior Wednesday: Tech Sgt. Israel Del Toro

In this week’s Warrior Wednesday, Valor Games Midwest athlete, Air Force Tech Sgt. Israel Del Toro, embodies the meaning of Valor in his story of overcoming extreme adversity. Del Toro, known as “DT” by his friends, was a JTAC (Joint Terminal Attack Controller) attached to an Army unit to call in airstrikes in Afghanistan. On December 4, 2005,

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PLAYS Program Sees Improvement in all Areas

PLAYS Program Sees Improvement in all Areas

After 10 weeks of soccer drills, character development exercises, after-school practices and 3 official games, the PLAYS students finished the school year strong both on and off the field.  For weeks, students worked with their coaches on soccer fundamentals, going through drills and running scrimmages.  For some of the students, the PLAYS program (Participate, Learn, Achieve

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2014 Summer Track Program Preview

2014 Summer Track Program Preview

We are just a few days away now from the kickoff of the sixth season of the WSC Summer Track Program! Everyone at World Sport Chicago is extremely excited and can’t wait for the first meet! Team registration is completely full as 25 Chicago community teams representing different neighborhoods throughout the city will participate in our

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Warrior Wednesday: Sgt. Andrew McCaffrey

Warrior Wednesday: Sgt. Andrew McCaffrey

Our first veteran to be featured in our weekly “Warrior Wednesday” piece is Andrew McCaffrey. Sergeant McCaffrey defines the word “valor”. He is a former Marine and Green Beret having served in the United States’ armed forces for more than twenty years. While on active duty in Afghanistan, a grenade detonated, causing Sergeant McCaffrey to lose his

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Year in Review: BAM-Sports Edition

Year in Review: BAM-Sports Edition

Wow! What a year for BAM-Sports!!! My head is still reeling from President Obama’s visit to Hyde Park Career Academy last year, as well as the multiple visits to the White House for BAM students! We even had a Hyde Park student have the privilege of presenting President Obama at a press conference to introduce the My Brother’s

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Selflessness 101: The San Antonio Spurs

Selflessness 101: The San Antonio Spurs

The San Antonio Spurs take a 2-1 lead in game four of the NBA Finals over the 2-time defending champion, Miami Heat tonight. The Spurs, led by the trio of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili, are a model of consistency. The Spurs’ success over the last 14+ years, which includes four NBA championships,

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Warrior Wednesday: Introduction

Warrior Wednesday: Introduction

Today marks our first edition of “Warrior Wednesday”. Each Wednesday leading up to the Valor Games Midwest from August 20-22, World Sport Chicago will showcase one of the Valor Game’s athletes.  The Valor Games Midwest provides incredible opportunities for veterans with disabilities to come together for three days of sports, competition, and camaraderie. These veterans

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Intern Perspectives: Brian Kost (Marketing and Communications)

Intern Perspectives: Brian Kost (Marketing and Communications)

Although summer has not officially started, it is safe to say that everyone is getting into “summer mode”. School is ending for students, the weather is finally getting nicer, and yes, the Chicago Cubs are still struggling. Sounds like your typical Chicago summer, right? I love Chicago summers. With such a big, diverse city at

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Disabled Veterans Reap the Benefits of the Valor Games

Disabled Veterans Reap the Benefits of the Valor Games

May was National Military Appreciation Month, but many organizations honor and support our veterans and active duty service members year-round.  One of the ways World Sport Chicago supports those who have served is by hosting the Valor Games Midwest, an annual competition in August. This regional, introductory competition is for injured, ill and wounded veterans

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