With Thanksgiving upon us here are a handful of items in the news that we give thanks for.
Wrestling passion: We’re not sure we fully understand it, but there is a core group in Oak Park, River Forest and the West Side who believe wrestling can be a transformative sport for young people — both boys and girls. Mike Powell, Fred Arkin, and Michael Colucci are now leading the effort to bring wrestling to Oak Park’s public middle schools.
They see the sport as a testing ground for a young person to both compete and to grow both in success and in setbacks. We look forward to watching them solve logistical issues to make wrestling part of our middle schools.
The Chamber’s new prez: We’ve been fans of Darien Marion Burton for several years. We first met him as a high school-aged staff member at the Buzz Café. Now he owns a local marketing company and recently was elected president of the Oak Park-River Forest Chamber of Commerce.
Self-described as the “youngest, gayest, Blackest” Chamber leader ever, we are looking forward to what his vast energy will bring to this organization as it continues to lead in the small business space.
Iman Shumpert wins it all: Monday night, live on national television, Oak Park’s own Iman Shumpert won the Dancing with the Stars Mirror Ball. That’s the top prize in the celebrity dance competition. We think this is outstanding for both Shumpert and his professional dance partner. A basketball star at OPRF and then a standout NBA player, we have to say, though, that we most admire Iman Shumpert for his concerted effort over the years to stay connected to OPRF through his summer basketball camps.