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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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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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Warrior Wednesday: Sgt. Andrew McCaffrey

Warrior Wednesday: Sgt. Andrew McCaffrey

Our first veteran to be featured in our weekly “Warrior Wednesday” piece is Andrew McCaffrey. Sergeant McCaffrey defines the word “valor”. He is a former Marine and Green Beret having served in the United States’ armed forces for more than twenty years. While on active duty in Afghanistan, a grenade detonated, causing Sergeant McCaffrey to lose his

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Warrior Wednesday: Introduction

Warrior Wednesday: Introduction

Today marks our first edition of “Warrior Wednesday”. Each Wednesday leading up to the Valor Games Midwest from August 20-22, World Sport Chicago will showcase one of the Valor Game’s athletes.  The Valor Games Midwest provides incredible opportunities for veterans with disabilities to come together for three days of sports, competition, and camaraderie. These veterans

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Disabled Veterans Reap the Benefits of the Valor Games

Disabled Veterans Reap the Benefits of the Valor Games

May was National Military Appreciation Month, but many organizations honor and support our veterans and active duty service members year-round.  One of the ways World Sport Chicago supports those who have served is by hosting the Valor Games Midwest, an annual competition in August. This regional, introductory competition is for injured, ill and wounded veterans

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3 Reasons Why You Should Try an Olympic Sport

3 Reasons Why You Should Try an Olympic Sport

With the Winter Olympics in Sochi officially closed, many kids are eager to start their own Olympic journeys.  If the television coverage has taught us anything, it is that there are lots of different sports for different body types, interests, and abilities. Athletes in a nontraditional Olympic sport are often asked, “How did you get

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Special Athlete Ambassadors Visit WSC Schools

Special Athlete Ambassadors Visit WSC Schools

As kids work their way through life’s twists and turns, challenges and struggles, it’s important to have positive role models for them to look up to and see that there is a path to success regardless of the obstacles one may face. Our Athlete Ambassador program addresses this need, bringing Olympic, Paralympic and elite athletes

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Beyond the Valor Games Midwest

Beyond the Valor Games Midwest

The three days of competition during the Valor Games Midwest are always fun, inspiring, motivating and encouraging for all the athletes, staff and volunteers involved with the event. But, one of our main goals for the Valor Games Midwest is that the veterans and service members who spend three days with us in Chicago, use

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2013 Valor Games Midwest

2013 marks the third year that World Sport Chicago will host the Valor Games Midwest  and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome our nation’s veterans with disabilities back to Chicago, August 12-14.  Once again, the Valor Games Midwest is being supported by the Department of Veterans Affairs , U.S. Paralympics and the Chicago Park District. Valor

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Making Sport Available to Everyone

World Sport Chicago has been continually working to bring sports to communities throughout Chicago that lack adequate resources (three specific examples lie in our SportsLaunch programs in archery, track & field and wrestling).  In some cases it is economics that are the challenge. Sometimes its sports skills or transportation, and sometimes its simply awareness of

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