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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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Thankful for a Mission Made Possible by You

Thankful for a Mission Made Possible by You

As the World Sport Chicago staff celebrates Thanksgiving we pause to give thanks to the individuals, foundations, corporations, and organizations that have supported us and the work we do! During the past 11 months, World Sport Chicago has received generous support that is fueling our efforts and enabling us to impact lives and communities across

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Honored by Valor

Honored by Valor

It has been our honor to work with hundreds of courageous veterans and active duty service members over the past few years. These men and women bravely served at home and overseas, and many served in Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam and countless other wars and conflicts. Now that they are home, we, and other adaptive sports

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Warrior Wednesday: Taking a Look Back

Warrior Wednesday: Taking a Look Back

With the Valor Games Midwest taking place next week (August 20-22), our Warrior Wednesday Series comes to a close this week. Instead of profiling another military veteran, we thought it would be appropriate to take a look back and re-call some of the great stories we heard from our military veterans competing in this year’s

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Warrior Wednesday: Staff Sergeant Jason Wakefield

Warrior Wednesday: Staff Sergeant Jason Wakefield

Throughout our Warrior Wednesday series, we have learned a great deal about some of the athletes competing in the 2014 Valor Games Midwest. Their stories of courage, dedication, and adversity have been compelling and eye-opening. Each week, we gain a better understanding of the positive impact that adaptive sports and the Valor Games Midwest has

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Warrior Wednesday: LT Rickey Bennett

Warrior Wednesday: LT Rickey Bennett

Our Warrior Wednesday series continues this week with Lieutenant Rickey Bennett. LT Bennett served eleven years in the Navy, serving in Kuwait and Iraq. While on active duty in Iraq, Bennett suffered a TBI (Trauatic Brain Injury) from multiple bombs and explosions. It changed his life. From his injuries, he became a shell of his

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Warrior Wednesday: HM1 Donald Davis

Warrior Wednesday: HM1 Donald Davis

Over the past several weeks, our Warrior Wednesday series has shined a light on the incredible stories of athletes competing in the Valor Games Midwest.  These military veterans all share a common bond: Each competitor has endured injuries and disabilities sustained during active duty or while with the military. This week’s edition of Warrior Wednesday showcases

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Warrior Wednesday: SFC Michael Grant

Warrior Wednesday: SFC Michael Grant

Our Warrior Wednesday series continues this week with the uplifting story of Sergeant First Class Michael Grant. Sergeant Grant’s life dramatically changed after a cell-phone detonated IED bomb exploded while he was on patrol. In a matter of seconds, Grant, a former athlete and a man who was always in the best of shape, no

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Warrior Wednesday: Specialist Justin Howton

Warrior Wednesday: Specialist Justin Howton

In previous Warrior Wednesday editions, we highlighted military veterans with extensive experience participating in the Valor Games Midwest. This week’s Warrior Wednesday features Specialist Justin “JBob” Howton, who will be participating in the Valor Games for the first time, come August 20-22. Specialist Howton served in the Army for over eight years. He has been to

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Intern Perspectives: Danny Weiss (Community-Based Program Planning and Management)

Intern Perspectives: Danny Weiss (Community-Based Program Planning and Management)

It’s hard to believe that I’ve already been an intern with World Sport Chicago for over a month. Time has really flown. Every day I come into the office, and a wide range of challenges and tasks are thrown my way which keep me stimulated and driven. The three main programs I’ve been assigned to are

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