Tag Archives: Sports

Voices from the Field

On an off the field, student athletes serve as role models. Athletes, as public figures, have a platform that can be used to publicly voice opinions. ¬†Historically, athletes have been using this platform to stand up for social issues. One of the most historic athlete protests took place at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics when two runners held up a “black power” fist. Since then, athletes have been taking a stand.

Recently, football player Colin Kaepernick took a kneel during the national anthem at a game. He kneeled in solidarity of the country’s racial injustice. His protest has lead many more teams and athletes to do the same.

When student athletes are brought into the public light, the question is posted, are athletes role models? We focused on the voices of student athletes and coaches to determine their views on this matter. You can view our website here.

Disability on and around the University of Illinois campus

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A quote in the Illinois wheelchair track practice facility.

From the wheelchair athletics at the University of Illinois, to a local prosthetics and orthotics business in Urbana, our team of Jessa Corso, Abraham Koshy, Lauren Mroz and Lucas Wright takes a look at the usually overlooked area of disability in the Champaign county area. Continue reading Disability on and around the University of Illinois campus