Goodbye Chicago, Hello Champaign

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Hello, I am Samat but people simply call me Sam. Unfortunately, our first week in Chicago is over and I feel sad about it. We had so many unforgettable experiences and I am pretty sure that all of my friends here on the program will agree with me. We are extremely lucky to be here as representatives of our countries.

Our friendly group visited magnificent places like the Willis Tower, Adler Planetarium, Chicago White Sox Baseball Stadium, Shirley Ryan's Innovative Rehabilitation Center, the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities, and of course the United Center where history was made. Personally I am so lucky because yesterday was birthday and it was awesome. I am truly blessed. 

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Today we arrived at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where our second-week journey will begin. It was the first day of the wheelchair basketball camps and the youth athletes had so much fun playing the game together. There was a great sense of teamwork too. It was just a first day but I am so excited about the days to come, specifically in learning more about wheelchair basketball and how to be a good coach. Cheers!