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Sister Jean’s urgent plea: “Work with people of other cultures and try to understand each other” 

As she celebrates her 103rd birthday, Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt offers sage advice for young students, parents and our nation as a whole.

The longtime Loyola University men’s basketball chaplain and internationally renowned symbol of ecumenical optimism and grace, spoke to me over the weekend about her views of today’s young generation and the future of […]

By |August 22nd, 2022|Main|

Lloyd McClendon calls Gary Sports Hall of Fame induction “special”

The inaugural Gary Sports Hall of Fame ceremony was an enormous success as 12 former local athletes were inducted in the main auditorium of Indiana University Northwest.

Alex Karras, Tom Harmon, Fred “The Hammer” Williamson, Ron Kittle, George Taliaferro, Glenn “Big Dog” Robinson, Lee Calhoun, Hank Stram, Rhonda Brady, Tony Zale, Dick Barnett and Lloyd McClendon were […]

By |August 8th, 2022|MLB|

Patrick Arbor, former Chicago Board of Trade chairman, joins Fred Mitchell Award Selection Committee

Internationally acclaimed businessman and philanthropist Patrick Arbor (right) joins the Fred Mitchell Award Selection Committee.

Patrick Arbor, former longtime chairman of the Chicago Board of Trade and a prominent community supporter, has joined the Selection Committee for the Fred Mitchell Award.

Arbor has backed numerous local, national and international initiatives and continues his worldwide travels. The […]

Ethan Ratke feels “lifted up” after winning Fred Mitchell Award

In 2009, the National Football Foundation made me the namesake for an annual award that honors the most outstanding kicker among over 750 colleges in America. For that, this old straight-on kicker remains forever grateful, especially to Chicago chapter chairman Chris Kearney.

In addition to kicking performance, community service is considered by our 35-man selection committee, […]

Former Bears great Steve McMichael says he is “feeling the love” as he battles ALS

Hundreds of friends and well-wishers turned out for a fundraiser for former Chicago Bears legend Steve “Mongo” McMichael in Romeoville, Il. on June 5.

My wife, Kim, and I were invited for a private visit to his home prior to the event, dubbed “MongoPalooza,” which was held at McMichael’s restaurant. The former Super Bowl XX champion […]

Toni Ginnetti, Dan Roan and Cooper Rollow honored with Ring Lardner Awards

Left to right: Cooper Rollow, Toni Ginnetti, Dan Roan.

The Ring Lardner Award is one of the most prestigious journalism honors bestowed on worthy sportswriters and sportscasters in America.

This year’s honorees were Toni Ginnetti (print), Dan Roan (broadcast) and Cooper Rollow (posthumous). The ceremony was held virtually since last spring’s annual dinner was postponed […]

Dick Barnett scoring points off the court

Inspiring Gary product on lecture tour

My home town of Gary, Indiana, has a rich history of world-class athletes, contradicting the unfortunate national narrative of it being simply beset with extreme poverty, rampant crime and virtual hopelessness.

Countless names roll off my tongue when it comes to decades-long athletic excellence from Gary products. Heisman Trophy […]

By |November 30th, 2020|NBA|
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