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Making The Situation Better

Making The Situation Better

Welcome back to school. We hope you had a relaxing summer and are ready to start the semester off right. World Sport Chicago Athlete Ambassadors sure are. We are so grateful for all the Olympic, Paralympic, elite and college athletes that have joined us for the Program Orientation Session last night, all eager to help at-risk Chicago youth have a brighter future. For the 5th consecutive year, WSC volunteers are returning to the CPS schools to teach students important life skills and setting “medal worthy” goals. And what better time for Chicago students to meet such admirable role models than in childhood, a season of relationships that gradually mold our character? With nearly 1,500 layoffs districtwide, and more cuts to the CPS budget looming on the horizon, now, more than ever, there is a profound need for positive role models for Chicago students, structured activities, and opportunities beyond their environment.

We might be busy enough to only take pictures before almost everyone leaves. But never too busy to laugh and serve.

A few WSC  Ambassador and WSC staff at the 2015/16 Orientation Session.

At the orientation, Ambassador Adam Pierson reflected back on his seven years of service with WSC. “This program is enriching for me and you as well,”  Pierson inspired the new Ambassadors who have been gearing up to lead by example through their own stories. Born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Ambassador Pierson who competed in pole vaulting in the ’08 Olympic Trials, said that sport and his childhood town “added an abundance amount of perspective: diversity, adversity, and the tools to make the situation better.”

Ambassador Adam Pierson at Faraday Elementary, Fall 2014.

Ambassador Adam Pierson at Faraday Elementary, Fall 2014.

Last week, Ambassador Tony Brooks, 72’ and ’76 Olympian in rowing, kicked-off our 2015/16 season at Perez Elementary School. Ambassador Brooks reminded the students of an important lesson from Alice in Wonderland that explains the essence of goal-setting and reflects the purpose of our work.

“Alice: ‘Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?’
The Cheshire Cat: ‘That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.’
Alice: ‘I don’t much care where.’
The Cheshire Cat: ‘Then it doesn’t much matter which way you go.”

Ambassador Tony Brooks at Perez Elementary School, September 2015.

Ambassador Tony Brooks at Perez Elementary School, September 2015.

We look forward to another year of “making the situation better” – by utilizing our own stories of dedication and perseverance to increase the power of sport, so that sport can transform Chicago youth.

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