Cool Runnings: Nigerian Bobsled Team Heads to the Winter Olympics

The 1993 Disney film Cool Runnings, starring the legendary Canadian comedic actor John Candy, told the curious story about the national bobsled team of Jamaica and the squad’s unlikely appearance in the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. Although the premise of Cool Runnings was based on the oddity of a bobsled—or bobsleigh—squad hailing from a Caribbean…

Football a Lifeline for Poverty-Stricken Brazilian Girls

As one of the world’s most populous and majestic cities, Rio de Janeiro is home to over six million residents, and about a quarter of them live in favelas, low-income neighborhoods improvised from former shanty towns. The favelas are a reminder of the deep issues of inequality in Brazil; these are poor communities where Brazilian…