Legacy of Chicago 2016 continues to reach youth across City of Chicago

CHICAGO (November 12, 2009)—Today, World Sport Chicago named Patrick G. Ryan, chairman and CEO of Chicago 2016, chairman of the bid’s legacy organization. William Scherr, who previously held this position, has been named president. Michael Conley, who previously held the position of president, remains on the board of directors.

“A main tenant of Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Games was to reach youth across our great city to introduce new sport opportunities and show how participation in sport can be used as a catalyst for social change,” said Ryan. “We may not have won the honor of hosting the Games in 2016, but we have positively impacted the lives of thousands of kids, and we look forward to expanding our programs in the months and years to come to reach even more youth. I’m honored to take on this role and personally oversee the activities.”

During Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, World Sport Chicago hosted international sporting events, including Pan-American Weightlifting, a World boxing tournament for the International Amateur Boxing Association, and the 2009 Tyson American Cup for gymnastics. This weekend, World Sport Chicago will host the third annual Chicago Cup wrestling tournament.

The organization has also exposed more than 30,000 youth to Olympic and Paralympic sport through clinics and programs in archery, fencing, badminton, wrestling, bocci, swimming, track and field, judo and many others. World Sport Chicago will continue to work with the Chicago Park District, the Chicago Public Schools and other organizations to provide new and expanded sport programs to the youth of Chicago.