Sports Writing Spotlight: Telander on Englewood and Murray Park

Sports Writing Spotlight: Telander on Englewood and Murray Park
Rose speaks with students, neighbors and reporters during a Q and A session at the newly renovated Murray Park

On Tuesday, Chicago Bulls point guard and the NBA’s reigning-youngest-ever MVP Derrick Rose, along with Powerade unveiled renovated courts at Murray Park in Englewood, Chicago.

The park is the the childhood playground of Rose, located less than two blocks from where the 22-year-old grew up.

The significance of the park in a neighborhood that is still more known for the homicide rate than the Bulls point guard is defined by the value placed in it by Rose.

“This is the only thing in our neighborhood that keeps us together,” Rose told students, reporters and members of the community at the unveiling of the new courts.

Since Saturday, Chicago Sun-Times Rick Telander has featured a series of columns about Murray Park and the Englewood neighborhood that mirrors the essence of his Heaven Is A Playground.

If you haven’t picked up a newspaper to keep up with the series, you can read parts 1-5 here and check Telander’s page to keep up to date with the latest on the unfolding tale.

Part 1: Can basketball help Derrick Rose’s Englewood neighborhood?

Part 2: Murray Park regulars ask curious figure on the basketball court: ‘Are you a coach?’

Part 3: Englewood’s demise has turned it into ‘the devils playground now’

Part 4: The land of the free? Not for the children of Englewood

Part 5: A good guy hopes against hope






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