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Hardest-Working Voices in Sports

Hardest-Working Voices in Sports

A Sun-Times series spotlighting the people and professions that keep Chicago thriving. Sports profiles are made possible by the Chicago Blackhawks.

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Kamau Murray is helping S. Side kids win tennis championships — and college scholarships

The XS Tennis founder and CEO has helped 47 players get scholarships and coached Sloane Stephens, who won the 2017 U.S. Open.

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Artist, janitor and athlete Amelia Hernandez, 62, still competing, training daily in Little Village

She’s been a part of the Special Olympics since the first games were held at Soldier Field in 1968.

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Chicago Marathon national anthem singer also clutch performer at Special Olympics, behind camera

Jana Kennedy-Long, who has won gold medals as an athlete, will sing before 45,000 people later this month.

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West Side kids are learning to play lacrosse, thanks to this program

Sam Angelotta founded OWLS, which teaches students how to play one of the fastest growing sports in the U.S.

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How flying pucks and slap shots can get kids excited about math and science

Noah Doppelt, the NHL and EverFi have teamed up to help 30,000 students — including many in CPS — learn STEM concepts.

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How a Chicago woman is helping get exercise into the daily lives of girls

Alecia Ivery is a senior manager with Girls in the Game, which provides sports, health, and leadership programs for 45K young women across the city, especially on the South and West sides.

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Jacqui Giuliano: World champion triathlete, suburban math teacher still hasn’t reached her peak

"I like to find out what my potential is. I feel like I haven’t quite reached that yet," the Ironman All World Athlete of the year says.

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Derek Daniels: Adaptive sports program director brings out the best in others

"What’s important to me is getting more people involved in the sport and widening the opportunity for people who want to play sled hockey or adaptive sports," he said.