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Not Everything Is Red And Blue

Not Everything Is Red And Blue

The question of poverty has always been a contentious issue. If we generalize, we could roughly divide a public conversation into two camps. On one hand, we have proponents of poverty as the fault of the poor. On the other hand, critics of economic and racial inequality emphasize the knowledge gap, police brutality and incarceration

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Like Father, Like Son

Like Father, Like Son

At the age of 18, World Sport Chicago Scholar Cesar Rufino is a pre-med freshman student at Dartmouth College. Rufino is gearing up for a pre-health internship and to be a youth soccer coach this summer. As an old wives’ tale goes, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. “My father is my role

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Intern Perspectives: Ian Farr (Programming)

Over the past few months I have been working with World Sport Chicago as an intern, I have spent much of my time working with BAM-Sports, a program which on its face teaches young men how to box and play rugby. However, through the time I have spent with BAM-Sports, I have learned that it

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Winning is Everything… Really?

Winning is Everything… Really?

This year’s BAM-Sports boxing season is culminating this weekend and I’ve been pumped about it since the athletes had their first taste of competition at two regional boxing exhibitions at the end of February. For our athletes, the mini-events last month were a rare chance to meet and compete against students from different schools, as

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“My Mom Cleans Houses and I’m Very Good At It”

“My Mom Cleans Houses and I’m Very Good At It”

I didn’t have many friends when I moved to Chicago, so in my spare time, I started running and exploring different Chicago neighborhoods. As a foreigner from a country of 2 million people, I was often intrigued by a palpable sense of security panic such as during the street smart orientation session my university held

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Inside The Mind Of A First-Generation Polish-American College Student

Inside The Mind Of A First-Generation Polish-American College Student

It’s finally that time of the year again — the time of the annual European Union Film Festival in Chicago. Like a book, a film begins with a character or situation we care about. Having spent most of my adult life as an immigrant, including relocating, jumping bureaucratic hurdles and dealing with social strains, I

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It Takes A Village To Raise A Child

It Takes A Village To Raise A Child

The slogan “We are the 99%” is a good way of translating wealth inequality in the US into something that everyone could understand. However, the quote also leaves out a lot. While it talks about the rising inequality and growing class segregation, this picture of a new Gilded Age is missing the growing divide between

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How To SuccEssfuLly Juggle Multiple Roles?

How To SuccEssfuLly Juggle Multiple Roles?

We’ve previously explored what it means to build character through sports. One of the unique aspects of our programs is Social-Emotional Learning (SEL). But what life benefits do SEL activities really have? Our character is fluid, which allows us to juggle multiple responsibilities and tasks. As Arthur Conan Doyl said, “The human brain is a

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