A Road to Revival: The state of Black baseball in Chicago
By Andre Toran Medill Reports The state of Black baseball is in major decline. From little league to high school to college to the major leagues – the picture surrounding black participation in the sport is bleak. In this segment of Medill Newsmakers, Andre Toran examines the reason for the decline and possible solutions.
Rugby sport growing in Chicago area
Move over Bears, Bulls and Blackhawks! Make room for rugby. From Soldier Field hosting The Rugby Weekend to kids growing up with the game, Chicago is becoming a rugby city. Photo at top: A high-school rugby team huddling prior to walking onto the pitch for its state championship match in Berwyn, Ill. (Andre Toran/MEDILL).
Youth activists in Chicago push for action on both climate change and gun control
By Shannon Longworth Medill Reports Many of the same high school and college students who work to prevent gun violence in Chicago are also active on the issue of climate change. Gun violence is a more easily-identifiable, immediate issue in some communities, while climate change is more long-term and global. But they may not actually […]
For pro softball players, it’s not about the paycheck: it’s the competition, camaraderie and love for the game
By Karleigh Stone Medill Reports Professional softball players make only a fraction of what major league baseball players do. The highest paid National Pro Fastpitch players cap out at around $20,000 per year, a mere four percent of the lowest-paid MLB player’s salary. Though it’s a professional sport, the women playing can’t make a living […]