WBEZ | athletes http://www.wbez.org/tags/athletes Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en International Olympic Committee to allow refugees to compete http://www.wbez.org/programs/here-and-now/2015-10-29/international-olympic-committee-allow-refugees-compete-113555 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/guar maker.jpg" alt="" /><p><div id="attachment_95183"><img alt="A stateless athlete Guor Marial, from South Sudan, poses at a press conference at the London Olympics media center during the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 10, 2012 in London. Marathon runner Marial, who was displaced by the war in Sudan, competes in London 2012 Olympic Games as an independent Olympics athlete. (Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images)" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/media.wbur.org/wordpress/11/files/2015/10/1029_guar-maker-624x407.jpg" style="height: 404px; width: 620px;" title="A stateless athlete Guor Maker, from South Sudan, poses at a press conference at the London Olympics media center during the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 10, 2012 in London. (Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images)" /><p>This week the International Olympic Committee said that athletes who have fled their home countries will be allowed to qualify to compete in the Olympics &ndash; under the Olympic flag.</p></div><p>The IOC has not had a policy to allow refugees to compete in the past, but there have been some exceptions. One was track and field athlete&nbsp;<a href="http://www.unhcr.org/pages/52f38d056.html" target="_blank">Guor Maker</a>&nbsp;of South Sudan in 2012. He fled the Sudanese civil war when he was young and came to the U.S. In 2012, Maker ran the marathon in the London Olympics under the Olympic flag, as an independent athlete.</p><p><em>Here &amp; Now&rsquo;s</em> Robin Young speaks with Maker about his experience as an independent athlete and what he thinks of the IOC decision. Maker&nbsp;is training to compete in the 2016 Olympics.</p><hr /><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Interview Highlights</strong></span></p><p><strong>What was your reaction to the IOC&rsquo;s decision?</strong></p><p>&ldquo;I was very happy and hopeful on the decision that IOC made, I could feel how excited those young refugees would feel across the world. I can understand because that&rsquo;s how I was in 2012.&rdquo;</p><p><strong>How did you feel when you qualified in 2012 to run as an independent?</strong></p><p>&ldquo;I was watching from my home in Flagstaff, Arizona, where I was training. My name was there, I was among those three athletes who walked into the stadium. I was there in spirit and I was watching them. I wish I could have been there. I knew at the time, I was accepted three days before, and I was getting ready to get my documents to go to London. It was overwhelming, I was very thankful of all the support and the decision from the IOC. Everyone just came together and put the sport before our differences in races and gender, so it was just showing the unity of the sport and how the Olympics can change and make a difference.&rdquo;</p><p><strong>Does competing in the Olympics help you move on from </strong><strong>tragedy</strong><strong> of the civil war?</strong></p><p>&ldquo;Well, life loss is something you cannot move on from, it&rsquo;s something you always remember. You have to do something positive to replace that, but it&rsquo;s always there. So going to the Olympics was not something I considered for me, but I considered for the people of South Sudan, and the 2 million we lost in South Sudan. So, my going to the Olympics, I was not ready to go to win, I was not in shape, but I was going to raise awareness and spirit of the youth in South Sudan.&rdquo;</p><p><strong>Do you think the European refugees will look to compete in the 2016 Olympics?</strong></p><p>&ldquo;Yes I do think if they go to a safe place where they can get the opportunity to work, and these youth can get opportunity to go to school, I&rsquo;m pretty sure they will have the spirit to do their sport. They might not have it for 2016, but hopefully 2020, they will establish themselves to fulfill their dreams.&rdquo;</p><p><strong>The IOC has since recognized South Sudan. Will you run under that flag in 2016?</strong></p><p>&ldquo;Of course, I will do it, and I live here now and I am a U.S. citizen and I am very grateful for that. I honor the United States and I put it in my heart as my country. As well, South Sudan I put in my heart as my country, that&rsquo;s where I was born, and the people of South Sudan I love dearly. I&rsquo;m going to do this for them, I&rsquo;m going to raise the flag of South Sudan, and I have a hope that I will be bringing other athletes with me. I hope to go as a team. Right now we are here, about 15 of us, South Sudanese athletes I have on my list, training here in the U.S., in Australia, the U.K., Kenya, and back in South Sudan. We are all training and I am in check with them to make sure they are doing necessary training to get the opportunity to qualify for the 2016 Olympics.&rdquo;</p><p><strong>Do you have any words of wisdom to other refugees?</strong></p><p>&ldquo;I hope this&nbsp;would be an example for all the refugees across the world to not give up hope, because there is always the next day. You might be in the darkness today, they might think this is the end of the world for them, but I can tell them that if you keep hope and if you keep it alive with the support of people around you, whichever society you are in, there is always opportunity your dream will always come true.&rdquo;</p><p>&mdash;<a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2015/10/29/refugees-can-compete-in-olympics" target="_blank"><em> via Here &amp; Now</em></a></p></p> Thu, 29 Oct 2015 12:59:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/here-and-now/2015-10-29/international-olympic-committee-allow-refugees-compete-113555 O'Bannon v. NCAA case ends in split decision http://www.wbez.org/news/obannon-v-ncaa-case-ends-split-decision-113132 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/NCAAhurdles_flickr-Phil Roeder 2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>College sports are a big-money business. Top-tier coaches earn millions while television (and gaming) contracts are worth billions of dollars. But the athletes are restricted from earning a cut because they&rsquo;re amateurs.</p><p>A case that many thought might open the door to compensation for college athletes ended in a split decision Wednesday. A federal appeals court ruled that the NCAA cannot prevent member schools from offering scholarships that cover the full cost of attendance. However, it threw out a lower court&#39;s plan to compensate athletes $5000 or more per year in deferred payments. ESPN senior writer and legal analyst Lester Munson joins All Things Considered host Melba Lara to help unpack how Wednesday&#39;s decision may affect future compensation campaigns.</p></p> Wed, 30 Sep 2015 17:11:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/obannon-v-ncaa-case-ends-split-decision-113132 Morning Shift: September 1, 2015 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-01/morning-shift-september-1-2015-112793 <p><p>Today we take a look at how <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-01/understanding-legal-aspects-chicago%E2%80%99s-recent-high-profile-sports">coverage of sports figures</a> has changed over the years, in light of recent sexual assault allegations against two of Chicago&#39;s biggest sports names: Patrick Kane and Derrick Rose.</p><p>We also turn the way-back machine to 1995 and 2001...that&rsquo;s when parents in two Chicago neighborhoods went on <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-01/looking-back-outcomes-chicagos-other-hunger-strikes-over-community">hunger strikes</a> to get new schools for their kids &mdash; it&rsquo;s a scene being repeated now in an effort to save Walter H. Dyett high school in Chicago&rsquo;s Washington Park neighborhood. We check in with Cook County Commissioner Jesus Garicia who played a role in the &#39;95 and &#39;01 strikes, and get his take on the current one.</p><p>And speaking of Dyett...<em>its</em> story, not the city&rsquo;s spending priorities...<a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-01/dyett-hunger-strike-took-center-stage-first-city-budget-hearing">took center stage</a> at the first city budget hearing last night. WBEZ&rsquo;s Lauren Chooljian recaps the meeting.</p><p>And the world renowned Chicago chamber music ensemble <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-01/world-renowned-chamber-group-eighth-blackbird-begins-residency-mca">Eighth Blackbird</a> is in with a preview of the group&rsquo;s residency at the Museum of Contemporary Art, which begins today and runs through June.</p></p> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 12:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-01/morning-shift-september-1-2015-112793 Unfamous Kids Named After Famous People http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-01/unfamous-kids-named-after-famous-people-104821 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/3467493336_73218b3d4a.jpg" style="float: right; height: 257px; width: 300px;" title="Flickr/Keith Allison" /><span id="internal-source-marker_0.4461371744547439">About a month ago, Drew Magary published an astounding little post on </span><a href="http://deadspin.com/5967948/2012s-definitive-list-of-unusual-baby-names-will-destroy-your-soul?tag=dadspin">Deadspin</a> about some of the most unusual names in 2012. My favorite is &ldquo;Donathan,&rdquo; just because it kind of makes sense, yet doesn&rsquo;t, sort of like &ldquo;Denjamin&rdquo; or &ldquo;Staniel&rdquo; or &ldquo;Misterpher.&rdquo;</div><p>Anyway, this got me thinking on the ways people name their kids. Our son is named &ldquo;Paul&rdquo; which is a pretty straightforward name, except my underlying rationale for doing so is maybe a little weird. He&rsquo;s named for a baseball player.<br /><br />My affection for Paul Konerko has been documented online before, although what used to be a crush has leveled off to a rational appreciation for his hard work, good attitude and odd ability to have a successful yet scandal-free athletic career. So the name &ldquo;Paul&rdquo; to me became imbued with those good qualities (incidentally, while the White Sox did lose the night my Paul was born, Paulie K. homered.)<br /><br />The more I thought about it, I was able to come up with even more good famous Pauls who have brought me happiness throughout my life: Paul McCartney, <a href="http://www.zulkey.com/2008/06/the_paul_f_tompkins_interview.php">Paul F. Tompkins</a>, <a href="http://www.zulkey.com/2008/09/httpwwwyoutubecomwatchv0qvqsza.php">Paul Scheer</a>, Paul Rudd, RuPaul. So why not a Paul for me? A good precedent had been set by the Pauls who had come before him.<br /><br />I&rsquo;m not completely alone. A friend of mine named Stephanie was nicknamed &ldquo;Stevie&rdquo; at birth due to her parents&rsquo; affection for the Fleetwood Mac singer Ms. Nicks. I know a child of some Bears fans who is named Keller because that&rsquo;s Mike Ditka&rsquo;s middle name.<br /><br />I must know other kids out there who were named after athletes and various other famous people, but my coffee intake is low and so I can&rsquo;t summon them at this time. So please share with me: who were your (or your friends&rsquo; or family&rsquo;s) kids named for that&rsquo;s in the pop culture realm, and why? Feel free to be totally judgmental of your peer&rsquo;s decisions.</p></p> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 09:37:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-01/unfamous-kids-named-after-famous-people-104821