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Intern Perspectives: Working in New Environments

    As of last Thursday, I have visited each of the schools where World Sport Chicago runs BAM-Sports. It was great to see how engaged the BAM-Sports mentors are with their students and programs, and I think the program has the potential to be a huge success in reaching young people this school year.

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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

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“The Force Behind the Force”

“The Force Behind the Force”

Earlier this year, in an effort to give back to those who “have borne the battle,” the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced a new nationwide initiative “Summer of Service,” with a focus on growing the number of individuals and organizations serving veterans and their communities. As part of its commitment to this initiative, World

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No Two PlayStreets are the Same

No Two PlayStreets are the Same

During the 2015 edition of PlayStreets day, a record 16 PlayStreets events were held throughout Chicago. I was lucky enough to attend four events, located in South Chicago, Roseland, Morgan Park, and Bridgeport. One thought I took away from the day is that each PlayStreets had a unique flavor to it, provided by the neighborhood’s

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4 Cool Ways to Stay Active

4 Cool Ways to Stay Active

These past two weeks have featured high temperatures and muggy humidity. Traditional summer weather is seemingly here to stay in Chicago. Whether this is actually desirable or not is debatable, however it is enough to make most people sweat. Although I spend the school year in Florida, at the University of Miami, Chicago weather holds

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A Welcomed Sight

A Welcomed Sight

In certain neighborhoods of Chicago, a police presence is not necessarily a welcomed sight. In areas where crime rates are considered higher than average, some people feel that they are unfairly targeted by police. Whether they are correct or not is irrelevant to the apparent problem of distrust between some communities and their police force,

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Play Without Limits

Play Without Limits

Children playing on playground equipment is a welcome and uplifting sight. At PlayStreets events, however, playground equipment remains in the background. Let me explain why. One of PlayStreets’ goals is to encourage play that can occur anywhere. This is embodied by the fact that a PlayStreets event is a “pop-up” play station, and can be

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Intern Perspectives: A Fine Regard for Rugby

Intern Perspectives: A Fine Regard for Rugby

For the second summer in a row, Rugby Illinois is continuing a partnership with World Sport Chicago to implement rugby at PlayStreets events. Americans view the sport of rugby as an anomaly. Many wonder, is it like soccer because kicking the ball is allowed? Or is it similar to football, because of its physical demands?

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A Rare Graduation Celebration

A Rare Graduation Celebration

Cesar Monarrez was a high school swimmer on Northside College Prep’s swimming and diving team. Eight years later, Cesar is heading off to Yale University to study medicine. Kristin Hillgamyer, who was on Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School’s running team, is training for her first Bank of America Chicago Marathon. And Alexandra Skital, who

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Refuse to Lose

Refuse to Lose

This is not a conventional piece congratulating the Chicago Blackhawks on winning their third Stanley Cup in six years. This is not written to take credit away from the transformed Blackhawks organization under Rocky Wirtz. This is not an examination of why the Blackhawks are a modern day dynasty. Instead, my focus in writing this

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