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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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Thank Bike-A-Thon, Baker & McKenzie!

Thank Bike-A-Thon, Baker & McKenzie!

We would like to thank bike-a-thon to our partner Baker & McKenzie for a kind donation of 12 bikes to our Athlete Ambassador Program. With Baker & McKenzie’s support, we are able to take a step further, and create the “Earn-A-Bike” initiative at Bernhard Moos Elementary School, the Athlete Ambassador School sitting on the new

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Sports and Belonging

Sports and Belonging

A few weeks ago, entering an 8th grade class at Gary Elementary School took me back to my own elementary school memories. The similarities were palpable, from the amalgam of personalities in the classroom to the restlessness of the class to move onto their next period. However, there were clear differences. Students at Gary, a Chicago

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Pedal for Chain-ge

Pedal for Chain-ge

Happy Spring! It looks like warm weather was just an April Fool’s prank – here today, gone the day after. But if this Saturday should rain, what better way to warm up for the National Bike Month than at World Sport Chicago’s indoor cycling event Spin to Break the Cycle at the House of Blues?

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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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“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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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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Child Poverty and (the Lack of) Culture

Child Poverty and (the Lack of) Culture

“Don’t leave anything on your plate. There are children starving in Africa” is a common exhortation we hear in the Western cultures. It gives an impression that here in the developed world children are economically secure and healthy. And that everyone, as Horatio Alger’s rags-to-riches stories portray, no matter what their circumstances are when they’re

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A Ride to Equality

A Ride to Equality

Talking about physical disabilities can be an uncomfortable topic. To change this, we must increase social awareness and transform the negative perceptions. The more people are exposed to this reality the better. Gary Maldonado of the Chicago Wheelchair Bulls rides for equality of people with disabilities by serving as the World Sport Chicago Athlete Ambassador. The NPR’s

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