When you hear the phrase “champions adjust” what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Do you think of yourself as a champion in the game called “life”? When life throws a problem your way will you fold or stand up to the challenge? In April of 2020, people across the world, including student-athletes, originally saw the pandemic as an early vacation. Sadly, many of us underestimated the dark times we’d soon be in for.
For some students, sports is all they have. It’s their ticket out of the city. When Governor J.B. Pritzker closed down sports in Illinois the situation began to take a big toll on students all across the state. Rallies and strikes were being held yet voices weren’t being heard because their was still much to learn about the spread of the virus.
Speaking for myself as a Chicago teen who is also a student-athlete, playing sports takes my mind off school or even problems at home. For many of us, sports is our stress reliever. We do our best to make ourselves stand out competitively compared to other teens across the nation in states such as Texas, Miami, Florida, and Louisiana. To see our season taken away from us was a struggle. As athletes, what most of us did during the crisis was “adjust”. We put extra work into our craft making sure that when the time of another season came around we’d be ready. Sports is more than just “a game,” it’s life!
Thanks to True Star Media’s amazing crew, I was able to sit down with some of Chicago’s astounding high school student-athletes to discuss the love and passion for their sport, and the frustrations that came with COVID-19. Champions Adjust is a mini-docu series with four episodes that will air on True Star’s YouTube channel every Friday in April. Check out the first episode below.
Stay tuned for the live recap of the docu series on our Instagram May 2nd at 3:00.
By Jaden Stewart, Senior, Perspectives Charter School
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