Turning an adaptive lifestyle into a rewarding lifestyle

By Hannah Gebresilassie A Medill Newsmakers Report When society thinks of people in wheelchairs, we often think of what they can’t do instead of what they can do. In this edition of Medill Newsmakers, wheelchair users in Chicago open up about living an adaptive lifestyle. The perspectives come from gunshot survivors, Skyhawks wheelchair basketball team […]

Vikings’ Laquon Treadwell makes new friends, learns to play checkers on draft day

By Hannah Gebresilassie From visiting patients in the a.m. to getting drafted in the p.m., Laquon Treadwell had an “emotional rollercoaster” on draft day. Treadwell spent the morning visiting patients at Shriners Hospital for Children – Chicago on April 28. There he made two new friends, 8-year-old Sheila Bourke and 10-year-old Katie Kuehn, who taught […]

NFL Draft 2016: The memories in pictures

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By Hannah Gebresilassie and Aishwarya Kumar Lakshminarayanapuram The 2016 NFL Draft came to an end, but the memories are still fresh. From Ezekiel Elliott’s selfie with Commissioner Roger Goodell to the first European player to be drafted in the NFL straight from the European league, the three-day event had it all. Here are some pictures […]

Draft Town day 3: Mother nature isn’t a football fan

By Nicole Sedivy Rain or shine, the draft must go on. Day three of the NFL Draft took place outdoors at Selection Square in Draft Town. But the weather didn’t cooperate. The National Weather Service reported an afternoon temperature of 47 degrees and rain. That didn’t stop every fan from attending. Some die hard football […]

NFL greats reunite in style on the red carpet

By Caley Chelios and Nicole Sedivy The red carpet at the NFL Draft turned into a Walk of Fame on Friday night. Hall of Famers and NFL legends strolled down the red carpet on their way into Auditorium Theatre to announce the picks of the third round of the draft. Many of these former players […]

Chicago fans at Soldier Field welcome Leonard Floyd

By Caley Chelios Chicago Bears fans came out to Soldier Field in full force to welcome their new draft pick outside linebacker from Georgia Leonard Floyd. The Bears traded up from pick eleven to pick number nine to land Floyd. Fans at the draft party are excited the Bears are building their defense, and hopeful […]

Moving on? The windy city hosts the 2016 NFL Draft

By Nicole Sedivy In 2015, the NFL Draft moved to Chicago after its 50 year run in New York City. Now in its second year in Chicago, the draft celebration is bigger and better than last year. But NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said a change may be made. [vimeo 164719576 w=474] Photo at top: NFL […]

NFL Draft prospects are bigger than ball at Shriners Hospital

By Hannah Gebresilassie The NFL Draft is more than contract negotiations and draft picks. It’s a time for the top players in the country to give back. On Thursday morning, fifteen future NFL players participated in an NFL Play 60 Clinic at Shriners Hospital for Children. Seventeen kids received certificates for completing the clinic. [vimeo […]

NFL Draft Town: Fans line up for three days of football fun

By Nicole Sedivy NFL fans lined up to get inside Draft Town Thursday. Located in Grant Park, the gates to the football playground opened around noon. The three-day festival is for all ages and admission is free. Fans can race the clock in a 40-yard dash, kick a football through the uprights, take a ride […]