This week's cover story, "A Sporting Chance," traces the rise of the Niyakko Rush, a grassroots youth soccer club made up primarily of refugees living in a single apartment house in Aurora. Many of the players have come from countries ravaged by political and military upheaval, including Myanmar, Somalia and Nepal -- Niyakko is a Burmese word for "brother" -- and their journeys to the United States have been long and arduous, involving dangerous border crossings and years in makeshift relocation camps.
The Niyakko Rush in brand-new uniforms, as seen on their Facebook page.
But it's a trip that can be measured in minutes that the group is primarily concerned about these days. Without reliable motorized transportation, Niyakko's scheduled games have been somewhat limited this past summer (they've been known to jog a mile to their practice field) and could well dwindle further in the coming bad weather.More »