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President Barack Obama announced plans to nominate Laura Ricketts to the board of trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Ricketts has been a key fundraiser for Obama. The announcement was made in Washington, and comes as the center prepares for its annual honors gala Sunday, when five artists will be celebrated for contributions to American culture through the performing arts. Ricketts is chairman of the board of Chicago Cubs Charities and a member of the Democratic National Committee’s executive board.
The Chicago Cubs leadership team and front office honored the first class of Cubs Scholars, five high school seniors who will collectively receive $100,000 in scholarships and a Cubs College Prep program. The five students were selected in partnership with Chicago Scholars based on academic achievement and potential; community participation; need; leadership potential; and the ability to be a team player.
Cubs chair Laura Ricketts and chairman Tom Ricketts met with the students on Tuesday at Wrigley Field.
The Cubs Scholars Program rewards both individual students and the non-profit organizations which support their development. It provides college scholarships to high achievers and grants to the nonprofit programs which nominate and support them.
Here are bios on the five students honored Tuesday:
* Klaudia Dziewulski: Klaudia attends Whitney Young Magnet High School. She has a 4.0 grade point average and an impressive ACT score of 33. Klaudia is a recycling leader for the Eco Club at her school, and is a member of the Model United Nations Team. She also is a member of the National Honor Society and she volunteers at a local elementary school and her church. She hopes to study neuroscience and also start a composting program at her current part-time job at Mariano’s Fresh Market.
* Virginia Garcia-Rico: Virginia is a student at Lake View High School near Wrigley Field. Virginia has a 3.8 grade point average and is in the top 20 percent of her class. She is a cross country runner, participates in the People’s Music School and has served as a Junior Summer Camp Counselor. Virginia was recommended by her school as a strong leader.
* Nikolaus Goecke: Nik is a student at Northside College Prep High School. He has a 3.5 grade point average and a ACT plan score of 27. Nik has been part of a German Dance Group, the American Aid Society Jugendgruppe, since the age of three. He also plays volleyball and has been awarded for his participation in IHSA Forensics Speech. Nik also works with Mikva Challenge. He volunteers at his local fire station and at a local school.
* Golzar Shoberiri: Golzar is a student at CICS-Northtown Academy where she is on the Math Team, Science Club and served as President and Secretary of Student Government. Golzar has a 3.7 grade point average. She has volunteered at a day camp and is very determined to accomplish her goal of becoming a biomedical engineer.
* Felix Velez: Felix is a student at Noble St. Charter-Pritzker Prep where he has a 3.8 grade point average. He participates in the Chess Club and is a competitive singer in the Competition Choir. He is currently learning Russian and was recommended as one of the hardest working students at a very demanding school.
The five will receive a four-year college scholarship of $5,000 per year ($20,000 total per student) upon their enrollment in a four-year college or university. In addition, they will participate in Cubs College Prep throughout their senior year of high school and into college. Cubs College Prep partners each Cubs Scholar with a mentor who will work with them through their senior year and in the transition to college. This program of mentoring, leadership and continued support will offer an educational, motivational and social experience with events like career days, corporate partner career seminars and tours, motivational seminars with Cubs alumni and executives and social events such as Cubs games and on-field recognition ceremonies. The students also will participate in a Cubs community volunteer project.
In case you missed it, Cubs owners Tom and Laura Ricketts joined Mesa, Ariz., city and community leaders at a groundbreaking ceremony July 11 for the team’s new Spring Training facility. The new stadium will hold 15,000 people, and the facility was expected to be completed by Spring Training 2014. The Cubs are taking over land which had been occupied by the Riverview Golf Course in west Mesa.
— Carrie Muskat
Infielder Adrian Cardenas was part of a contingent who helped unveil the Cubs Classroom at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago on Saturday, and he won’t forget the energy of one of the patients he met.
“She was chanting the Cubs song, which was awesome,” Cardenas said. “She was going, ‘Go, Cubs, Go,’ and she was excited when she got a [Cubs] hat.”
Shortstop Starlin Castro, catcher Steve Clevenger, baseball operations president Theo Epstein, and Cubs Charities board chair Laura Ricketts were in the group who took part in the ribbon cutting ceremony. The new 350-square-foot classroom, donated by Cubs Charities, will serve as the focal point for all of the hospital’s education-based programming, providing a wide variety of learning and enrichment activities to keep children engaged while in the hospital.
Cardenas admitted he didn’t know why they were making the hospital visit.
“I went there not knowing what they were celebrating, but, obviously, knowing I was going to cheer some of the patients up and they in return cheered me up,” he said. “It was nice to hear it was for the school opening. It was just great and a great experience.”
The classroom will provide space for volunteer tutors and teachers to help children with their schoolwork and offer grade-appropriate enrichment activities, such as science experiments, computer games, art and multimedia projects, reading, and resources to teach kids about their own health and medical care. Interactive technology-based learning will be a primary focus. Patients will have access to a bank of computers, video resources, educational software and a vast library of multilingual books for all age levels.
— Carrie Muskat
The Cubs joined the Robert R. McCormick Foundation on Tuesday to announce more than $1 million in grants to non-profit organizations serving those in need in the Chicago area. This is the eighth consecutive year more than $1 million has been donated through Cubs Care, a McCormick Foundation Fund.
“Today’s Cubs Care grant luncheon is about empowering non-profit organizations in Chicago and providing the necessary resources to help communities in need,” said Cubs owner and board member Laura Ricketts, who serves as chair of the board of Chicago Cubs Charities. “We’re proud to once again give more than $1 million to further these organizations’ missions through Cubs Care and Chicago Cubs Charities. We thank our fans for generously supporting the community events that make these donations possible.”
The 2012 grants include the Chicago Park District to provide funding for more than 13,000 low-income and special needs youth to play baseball this summer. A donation also was made to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago to provide access to adaptive sports and wheelchair softball for nearly 1,500 individuals with physical disabilities. A contribution was made to the Chicago Public Library Foundation to support the Family Summer Reading program, a high-impact summer reading initiative which aims to keep 50,000 Chicago children reading and learning over the summer.
Through Cubs Care, more than $17 million has been donated to Chicago non-profit organizations since 1991.
— Carrie Muskat
Derrek Lee and Alfonso Soriano were each presented trophies commemorating their 300th career home runs on Wednesday. Cubs co-owner Laura Ricketts and team president Crane Kenney made the presentation. Lee hit his 300th home run on June 9 in Milwaukee while Soriano reached the milestone last Friday against the White Sox.
— Carrie Muskat