Sports Extras
Oak Parker Frank Patterson will take to the pool beginning Sunday to participate in the 2010 Summer Special Olympic National Games in Lincoln, Neb.

The 35-year-old Patterson, an athlete with West Suburban Special Recreation Association, will compete in three aquatic events. Patterson, an OPRF High School graduate who has already won medals at the state level, will be competing in the 50-meter backstroke, 50-meter freestyle and 100-meter freestyle events.

“Frank takes his sports seriously. He follows the rules and works hard to contribute to his team,” said Annie Lhotka, the recreation association’s swim coach. “In his individual swimming events, Frank finds a way to have fun while pushing himself to do better.

“The Special Olympic motto: ‘If I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt’ really fits Frank,'” Lhotka added.

Patterson, who also plays basketball and softball, competes with the recreation association’s Stingray swim team.

Corvo returns to Hurricanes

Former Oak Parker Joe Corvo last week signed a two-year contract with the Carolina Hurricanes, the team that traded him to Washington in the final months of the 2009-10 season.

Corvo, 33, who lives in Raleigh, N.C. with his wife and two sons but spends most summers in the Chicago area training and running hockey camps, missed 28 games last season after being cut by a skate on his right leg during a game against the Capitals in late November. The 6-foot, 204-pound defenseman racked up six goals and 12 assists in 52 games played with both the Hurricanes and the Capitals last season.

The deal will pay Corvo, who began his hockey career in the Oak Park Eagles youth program, $2 million next season and $2.5 million in 2011-12.

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Brad Spencer

Brad Spencer has been covering sports in and around Oak Park for more than a decade, which means the young athletes he once covered in high school are now out of college and at home living with their parents...