Medill Newsmakers: Preventing gang activity through sports (VIDEO)
By Connor Morgan Gangs are prevalent in Chicago, but sports provide a potential escape from recruitment. In this edition of Medill Newsmakers , we hear how former Chicago high school students coped with the pressures of joining a gang.
VIDEO: Breakthrough empowers athletes to succeed with safety
By Connor Morgan Breakthrough Urban Ministries’ Youth Network provides young people with the opportunity to explore their interests in a safe environment. One of those interests is basketball. Many kids dream of becoming professional athletes, but one group of volunteers in East Garfield Park believe that dream should come with a back-up plan.
VIDEO: High school athletics experiencing budget obstacles
Obstacles from Chicago’s budget deficit are forcing many coaches to spend their own money or suffer the consequences. By Connor Morgan Coaching high school sports in Chicago can be an expensive job. Just ask Bill Curry, Westinghouse College Prep’s boys’ basketball coach. Curry has only been the varsity coach for two years but has seen […]
VIDEO: High school student-athletes raise academic bar
By Connor Morgan Studies show that student-athletes are improving the graduation rate at Chicago Public Schools. CPS observes a “no pass, no play” policy, meaning students must earn a 2.0 gpa and pass 25 credit hours to be eligible to compete.