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Cricket for 2016 Olympics ?

The City of Chicago and the Village of Bolingbrook came together to help Chicago win its bid for the 2016 Olympics. The Village of Bolingbrook & APA Bolingbrook hosted an exhibition match between Indian and Pakistani cricket teams to showcase the diverse cultures and venues in the Chicagoland area.
Mayor Roger Claar presented Greg Mortenson with a Humanitarian Award for his philanthropic work in Pakistan

by Sadia Ashraf

Confucius famously said that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. The first step taken by Greg Mortenson in his life's sojourn was a failed attempt at climbing the world's second highest peak, K-2, in Pakistan's Karakoram Northern range in 1993. For a journey that commenced in failure, it is a phenomenally successful endeavor that spans continents, unifies disparate policies and fuses divergent viewpoints. Greg Mortenson's altruistic struggle led him to find a basic solution to the problematical challenge of illiteracy in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He is the founder and Executive Director of Central Asia Institute (CAI) that has established 67 schools provided an education for more than 26,000 children in the rural regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Greg Mortenson's compassionate philanthropy has become a legendary 21st century tale of heroism, which is a testament to the power of the unconquerable human spirit. He is one of the rare individuals whose benevolent feats supersede their personal boundaries of language, culture, race and religion. This is chronicled in his book, which he co-authored, 'Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace...One School at a Time.' This book has been a New York Times bestseller for 65 weeks with more than one million copies of the book sold in 2007.

Since first visiting Pakistan in 1993 on a mountain climbing expedition, Mortenson's avid vocation has become serving those remote communities of the Karakoram and Hindu Kush Mountains in Central Asia and promoting literacy, especially for girls who previously had few educational opportunities. "When the Taliban were in power, only 800,000 kids were in school. Today more than five million children go to school, and 1.8 million are girls. That's where we should be putting our money," Mortenson says.
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The local Pakistani community held a fundraiser for Greg Mortenson on April 5th of 2008. The event was a huge success and drew people from different backgrounds, color and religion. The mayor of Bolingbrook honorable Roger Claar presented Greg Mortenson with a humanitarian award on behalf of the Association of Pakistani Americans of Bolingbrook (APA Bolingbrook).

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