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The state of youth sports in Chicago

By Jordan Klein and Juliana Sherry
Medill Reports

Two youth sports in Chicago are in a state of flux. In this episode of Medill Newsmakers, reporters Jordan Klein and Juliana Sherry examine the citywide participation shortages facing youth tackle football and youth baseball.

Photo at top: A young pitcher stares down his opponent before delivering his pitch. (Juliana Sherry/MEDILL)

The largest athletic competition you’ve probably never heard of

By Jordan Klein
Medill Reports

With over 300,000 competitors worldwide, the CrossFit Open is an athletic competition 10 times larger than the Boston Marathon. But you’ve probably never heard of it.

For those involved, from athletes to coaches, this competition spells five weeks of stress, sweat, and sometimes, tears.

“Oh yeah, the Open is terrible for me,” said Todd Nief, CrossFit coach and owner of South Loop Strength and Conditioning. “It’s just chaos surrounding it.”

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