With adaptive sports like wheelchair basketball, Chicago is a hub for disabled youths shooting hoops
By Haydee Clotter For disabled young people who use wheelchairs to get around, being on a basketball team may once have been an impossible dream. But now teams like the Chicago Skyhawks allow them to play a version of the game adapted for wheelchair users. The Skyhawks are one of several adaptive sports programs throughout Chicago where young […]
When volunteers help connect beat cops with communities, crime often goes down
By Jasmine Cen A beat facilitator is a volunteer who connects Chicago police officers working a beat with members of the community to help combat neighborhood violence. [vimeo 159123979 w=474] Beat facilitators meet monthly with the officers to talk about safety concerns at Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) meetings. The CAPS program began in 1993. More than 200 meetings happen every […]
Advances in treatment mean ACL injuries are no longer career-enders for athletes
By Benji Cohen Years ago, when an athlete tore their ACL (the anterior cruciate ligament in the knee), they would never be the same athlete or, worse, it may have meant their career was over. New surgical techniques and physical therapy rehabilitation that have developed over the past several years have changed that. It’s now possible […]
A Syracuse stunner: The Orange overcome a 15-point deficit in the second half to defeat Virginia
By Adam Rossow Eleven years after Illinois overcame a 15-point deficit to beat Arizona the last time Chicago hosted a regional final, another team clad in orange and navy mounted its own come-from-behind charge to advance to the Final Four.