Chicago boxing coach lifts female fighters to new heights, motivated by tragedy

By Chris Cadeau Medill Reports Israel Gonzalez is a decorated Chicago boxing coach. He fought “semi-professionally” until his career suddenly ended on Christmas day in 2003. Once Gonzalez got back on his feet, his journey as a coach began at Northeastern Illinois University, while pursuing an education. Today, Gonzalez is regarded as one of the […]

Punching Back at the Crime in Chicago’s Southside

By Nick Mantas Medill Reports Children on the south side of Chicago are subjected to an alarming rate of violence from a very young age. Without after school activities to keep these kids from joining gangs, many find themselves in a gang before high school. Sally Hazelgrove took it upon herself to create Crushers Club […]

She stings like a bee: why a former national champion is turning pro

Q&A with boxer Raquel Miller By Grant Miller Raquel Miller was the greatest-or at least she was in 2012, when she was the welterweight U.S. national boxing champion. Miller hoped to qualify for the Olympics then and again last November, when she finished third at the Olympic team trials. The silver lining: middleweight boxing champion […]