A group of immigrant students in Chicago are the rising stars of a new — and unlikely — girls varsity sport in Chicago Public Schools.
It started in February, when teacher Dongyu Bao posted flyers in the hallways of Kelly High School. The Southwest Side school serves mostly Latino students, but Bao’s flyers weren’t in Spanish — they appeared in English and Chinese.
Bao, a Chinese immigrant, was launching an all-girl varsity badminton team.
It’s a hugely popular sport in China. Think American basketball.
All girls were invited to try out, but Bao specifically wanted to reach Kelly’s Chinese students, a small group at the school.