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Nonprofit offers resilience training to Chicago student athletes

By Allegra Zamore
Medill Reports

Since the 2015-2016 school year, the state of Illinois has seen a significant decline in the number of high school athletes participating in sports, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations. Due to costs, access to proper athletic performance training is becoming increasingly difficult, especially for students.

In 2017 Rich and Shea Gardner co-founded Maroon Village, a nonprofit that aims to provide athletic performance training to Chicago student athletes. The husband and wife duo teach students, ages 12 to 25, to work on mindfulness and meditation followed by two hours of intense physical training on the football field or in the weight room. Maroon Village aims to bridge the gap between access to athletic training and reaching one’s full potential.

Photo at top: Student athletes practice breathing exercises with Maroon Village Co-Founder Shea Gardner before football practice.(Allegra Zamore/MEDILL)

Christkindlmarket draws worldwide crowd to Chicago

By Allegra Zamore

The Christkindlmarket has been bringing the holiday spirit to the city of Chicago since 1996 attracting a wide variety of visitors throughout the years. From mulled wine and roasted nuts to German beer and schnitzel, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Vendors like Frank’s Ornament House even hire German natives to work the market each year to add a touch of authenticity to the downtown experience. Sarah Arnold says it’s just like Germany, but without the snow. The market opens every year just before Thanksgiving and stays open until Christmas Eve.

Photo at top: Vendors like Frank’s Ornament House attract a steady stream of visitors at the Christkindlmarket. (Allegra Zamore/MEDILL)