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Inspired coaches lead a championship team

Passion for the game of football brought two coaches together to start a new youth football team in Back of the Yards. Anthony Martinez also known as “Coach Tony” and Paul Shackelford known as “Coach Big Dawg,” were inspired to start a football league for youth ages eight to 14 to Back of the Yards […]

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Building brains all summer long

Summer vacation has just begun. Long lazy days for children to chase the ice cream truck and play in the open fire hydrant, right? Not if they’re going hold on to what they learned during the school year. (Not to mention if there’s going to be water in the hydrant when your house is the […]

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Community leaders, residents come out in support of Emanuel’s call for peace

Before the start of Memorial Day weekend, community leaders and residents across the city joined Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a series of orchestrated peace events on Friday May 23 and Saturday May 24. The events were part of a new campaign called Chicago Summer of Faith and Action where residents and neighborhood youth, along with prominent civic […]

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Coming together to take back Cornell Square Park

As the weather turns spring-like, neighbors of all ages are beginning to spend time outside again. It’s a great time to reconnect with Cornell Square Park, 1809 W. 50th St. All winter long, a determined group of neighborhood residents, including parent leaders from nearby Daley and Fulton elementary schools, have been gathering to envision new […]

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Safety concerns remain following mass shooting

Residents plan events to take back Cornell Square Park After the shooting that left 13 people wounded, including a 3-year old child at Cornell Square Park, residents like Natash Nelson are hesitant to frequent not only Cornell but other public areas nearby. Nelson lives on 51st Street and Seeley Avenue. She takes her children to […]

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Back of the Yards makes national headlines after mass shooting in local park

Residents say the event is a setback in efforts to end community violence Back of the Yards is making national news after 13 people, including a 3-year-old boy were wounded at a local park last night. The incident happened at approximately 10:15 p.m. when a gunman opened fire by the basketball court in Cornell Square […]

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“Take the Field” Initiative Opens Three Public Athletic Fields

Hundreds of Chicago-area children, a consortium of public-private donors and elected officials gathered to celebrate the grand openings of three new artificial Chicago Park District turf athletic fields on Saturday, Oct. 15. The “Take the Field” initiative joins public and private resources to build 10 artificial turf athletic fields throughout the city of Chicago, three […]

Just Like Us: Cornell Square Park Youth Radio Documentary

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Just Like Us: Cornell Square Park Youth Radio Documentary

This summer, TRACE youth participants at Cornell Square Park were busy engaging in critical thinking and brainstorming creative solutions to issues that affect their lives. The TRACE youth program used journalism and media literacy to discuss the issue of adultism – a topic very relevant to inner city youth. On Thursday August 4, program participants […]