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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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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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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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Athlet-e-quality

Athlet-e-quality

“The practice of physical education and sport is a fundamental right for all.” ~UNESCO International Charter of Physical Education and Sport, Art. 1 Front pages, back pages, op-ed pages – they are all dominating with major accomplishments by female athletes. In the summer, elite female riders came together for the first edition of La Course

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Where There Is A Wheel, There Is A Way

Where There Is A Wheel, There Is A Way

Athlete Ambassador’s Name: Alexandra Yeung Date of Birth: 9/15/1972 Home Country: Hong Kong Home Town: Hong Kong Resides: Chicago, IL Sport: Mountain Biking – Cycling; 2000 Sydney Olympics College: University of British Columbia, Bachelor of Applied Science; Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, M.B.A. Bicycles have had the unique ability to act as both a metaphor and

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Olympian Langowski Stays In Contact With Community

Olympian Langowski Stays In Contact With Community

Athlete Ambassador’s Name: Lawrence Langowski Date of Birth: 06/11/85 Home Country: USA Home Town: Chicago, IL & Mexico City Resides: Chicago, IL Sport: Freestyle Wrestling College: Northwestern University “Sport has helped bring an inner-city kid from Chicago to compete across the world in the sport of wrestling, compete in the Olympics, study at some of the world’s best universities, become a

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Teamwork and Determination are CREWcial in Attaining Goals

Teamwork and Determination are CREWcial in Attaining Goals

Athlete Ambassador’s Name:  Tony D. Brooks Date of Birth: 08/03/1950 Home Country: USA Home Town: Speedway, IN  Resides: Wilmette, IL Sport: Rowing; Olympics 1972, 1976; National Team for World Championships 1973, 1974, 1975; Pan American Games 1975 College: Harvard College AB 1972; Harvard Business School MBA 1979 “All were merged into one smoothly working machine; they

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