Play some hoops at MCC Saturday and make a difference in a terminally ill child’s life

Chris Basketball shirt_72dpiImagine if someone told you that, by shooting hoops, you could make a difference in the lives of children with terminal illnesses. Well, you don’t have to imagine because Chris Schauer has made it a reality.


For the 15th year, Schauer has organized Basketball In The Park, an event that raises money to send children with terminal illnesses to Give Kids The World Village in Kissimmee, FL. There, along with their parents, they have a chance to enjoy life in a way that is hard to do when focused on the fight with their illness back home.


Basketball In The Park, this Saturday, July 26, in the gym at McHenry County College, is for ages 12 and up. The cost is $10 each and registration starts at 8:30 a.m. The basketball action starts at 9 a.m. and runs to noon before starting again at 1 p.m. and continuing to 4 p.m.


Activity includes 3-on-3 and 5-on-5 basketball games. There are also free-throw, 3-point, H.O.R.S.E. and Knockout contests. At the end of the day, trophies and medals are awarded. Players can come as a team or individually. If the latter, they can join a team when they arrive.


“This is the first year that Basketball In The Park isn’t in the park,” Schauer said. “But, by playing indoors, we don’t have to worry about rain days this year.”


Schauer, who was born with a hole in his heart and then suffered a stroke at the age of one-and-a-half, is the driving force that has raised $32,000 with the event over the course of the last 15 years. He became involved after his sister, Jackie, was diagnosed with bone cancer in 1997 – her senior year of high school. Unlike some of the children who go to Give Kids The World Village, she has recovered and is doing great.


Schauer said that, while the event serves a great cause, participants also have a great time. “It’s fun, it’s exercise and everyone enjoys themselves,” he said.”And it’s for a good cause.”

You can fly in a WWII aircraft at Chicago Executive Airport, too

B-17 walkthroughs_071814It’s not every day that someone has a chance to fly in a B-17 Flying Fortress, the legendary aircraft that played such a significant role in the Allies’ victory over tyranny in the 1940s. That, however, is what passengers did before arriving at Chicago Executive Airport, following about a 45-minutes flight, where the B-17 is now, along with a B-24 and a P-51.


You can see these famous WWII aircraft there now. You can even go for a memorable flight of your own. A ride in the B-17 or B-24 is $450 for half an hour. That’s a lot of money for a short ride that brings you right back where you started. However, it’s not so much for a ride you’ll remember and cherish the rest of your life.


For a small admission of $12 ($6 for children), even if you don’t go for a flight, you can see the planes firsthand. That includes doing a walkthrough of the B-17 and B-24. Then again, you can even take the experience to the next level with a P-51 flight. More than just a ride, this specially modified P-51 has tandem cockpits. At some point, the pilot can turn the controls over to you.


Imagine telling your friends, “Yesterday, I flew a P-51.” It’s not every day you get to say that.


The P-51 flight is $2,300 for half an hour and $3,200 for an hour. The memory, of course, is priceless.


The aircraft are on hand for flights and viewing at Chicago Executive Airport today and tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


If you can’t see the planes, or go for a flight, at Chicago Executive Airport, the planes may be in your area later this year. Below is The Collings Foundation’s Wings of Freedom schedule for the remainder of 2014. Or to learn more about The Collings Foundation, visit


7/21 – 7/23

Valparaiso, IN (B-17, B-24, & P-51)


Airport: Porter County Municipal Airport


Location: Terminal Building



7/23 – 7/25

Kankakee, IL (B-17, B-24, & P-51)


Airport: Greater Kankakee Airport


Location: Main Terminal



7/25 – 7/27

St. Louis – East (B-17, B-24 & P-51)


Airport: St. Louis Downtown Airport


Location: Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum



7/28 – 7/30




7/30 – 8/1

Paducah, KY (B-17, B-24 & P-51)


Airport: Barkley Regional Airport


Location: Midwest Aviation





8/1 – 8/3

Smyrna, TN (B-17, B-24 & P-51)


Airport: Smyrna Airport


Location: Smyrna Air Center



8/4 – 8/6




8/6 – 8/8




8/8 – 8/10

Lexington, KY (B-17, B-24 & P-51)


Airport: Blue Grass Airport


Location: Aviation Museum of Kentucky



Future Stops

8/15 – 8/17

Altoona, PA (B-17, B-24 & P-51)


Airport: Altoona-Blair County Airport


Location: General Aviation Ramp



8/20 – 8/25

Belmar, NJ (B-17, B-24 & P-51)


Airport: Monmouth Executive Airport


Location: Monmouth Jet Center



8/27 – 8/29

Cape May, NJ (B-17, B-24 & P-51)


Airport: Cape May County Airport


Location: Naval Air Station Wildwood Museum



8/29 – 9/1

Farmingdale, NY (B-17, B-24, & P-51)


Airport: Republic Field


Location: American Airpower Museum



9/17 – 9/19

Hyannis, MA (B-17, B-24 & P-51)


Airport: Barnstable Municipal Airport


Location: East Ramp



9/19 – 9/21

Worcester, MA (B-17, B-24 & P-51)


Airport: Worcester Regional Airport


Location: Main Terminal



9/24 – 9/28

White Plains, NY (B-17, B-24 & P-51)


Airport: Westchester County Airport


Location: Million Air



10/1 – 10/3

Morristown, NJ (B-17, B-24 & P-51)


Airport: Morristown Municipal Airport


Location: Signature Flight Support



10/3 – 10/5

Westminster, MD (B-17, B-24, & P-51)


Airport: Carroll County Regional Airport


Location: Skytech Inc.


History flies into Chicago Executive Airport this weekend: WWII aircraft offer opportunity to touch the real thing

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn the 1940s, they helped to save the free world from tyranny. This weekend, they’re making a scheduled visit to Chicago Executive Airport. They are three vintage warplanes that fought the Axis powers to their knees between 1941 and 1945: a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Consolidated B-24 Liberator and North American P-51 Mustang.


The event is called the Wings of Freedom Tour. This is the 25th year that The Collings Foundation will crisscross the country exhibiting a variety of restored vintage aircraft. They make 110 to 115 stops this year and will be on hand for public inspection Friday, July 18, from 2 to 5 p.m. then again Saturday and Sunday, July 19 and 20, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Hunter Chaney, the director of marketing with The Collings Foundation, said that, in 25 years, they’ve made at least 2,930 stops to exhibit the aircraft.


“If you read about WWII history, it’s something you might remember,” Chaney said. “If you experience this, it’s something you never forget.”


On the one hand, the tours attract WWII veterans and their children. In some cases, the aircraft are the same types that visiting veterans flew, or flew in, during the war. Chaney said there are always quite a few veterans who come out to Chicago Executive Airport when The Collings Foundation is here. The reunion of man and machine is often rather emotional for those who remember flying in combat at least 69 years ago.


Chaney, however, said it’s equally impressive when children come to see the planes. He said the aircraft engage children about history in a way history books seldom can.


“The way people can interact with the planes in a tactile way, still holds its worth,” he said.


Inspection of the aircraft includes going through the inside of the B-17 and B-24, heavy bombers that flew to fame over Europe, the Pacific and many points in between.


All the planes are available for flights. A half-hour flight in the B-17 or B-24 is $450 per person. A half-hour flight in the P-51 is $2,200 and a full hour is $3,200. However, the flight in the Mustang is more than just a ride; it’s also a chance to fly the plane.


The Mustang was modified with a second cockpit behind the pilot. During the flight, the pilot turns over the controls to the passenger in back.


To learn more about The Collings Foundation, visit:

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