The state of youth sports in Chicago

State of youth sports feature photo

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 […]

The largest athletic competition you’ve probably never heard of

Elite CrossFit athlete Ashley Jordan in action.

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. [vimeo 256650579 w=640 h=360] “Oh yeah, […]