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Congo-born Mooseheart basketball player fights for eligibility

Nov 21, 2014 • Chicago Tribune
Congo-born Makindu, an athletic 6-foot-3 senior at the residential school in Batavia, arrived there in October 2012 through the efforts of Plano High School Athletic Director Jim Schmidt. After sitting out a year in compliance with Illinois High School ... More

Mooseheart teen ruled ineligible for basketball

Nov 21, 2014 • Chicago Tribune
His case, experts say, illustrates the complexities of determining the athletic eligibility of international high school students in Illinois. In a two-page ruling, Judge David Akemann said that allowing Makindu to play would "mid-tournament ... apply ... More

IHSA: Mooseheart 'attempting to build a basketball dynasty'

Dec 8, 2014 • Suburban Life Publications
MOOSEHEART – The Illinois High School Association is appealing a decision by Kane County Circuit Judge David Akemann that would allow Mooseheart High School student Rodrigue Ceda Makindu to play for the Mooseheart boys basketball team. More

Appellate Court: Mooseheart student can play basketball

Dec 12, 2014 • Kane County Chronicle
The court Thursday denied an emergency motion by the Illinois High School Association blocking Makindu from playing. The IHSA is appealing a decision by Kane County Circuit Judge David Akemann that would allow Makindu to play for the Mooseheart ... More

Congolese Mooseheart student ineligible for basketball

Feb 28, 2014 • Chicago Tribune
Mooseheart, run by Moose International for children from unstable environments, has a basketball team ranked ninth among Illinois' Class 1A teams. That ranking is based largely on the play of three towering South Sudanese students who were at the ... More

Sudanese Mooseheart Basketball Players At Center Of Recruiting Controversy

Dec 8, 2012 • Huffington Post
Eighteen months after arriving – and just as they are beginning to feel at home – these athletes find themselves at center court in a controversy over high school sports recruiting as officials unravel exactly how they came to tiny Mooseheart High ... More

Mooseheart player challenges ineligibility

Feb 26, 2014 • Chicago Tribune
... of a player left out of the action. The Mooseheart Red Ramblers last year overcame an Illinois High School Association ruling that sought to dismiss three towering South Sudanese players. But the school now has another eligibility controversy on ... More

Sudanese Mooseheart Students Can Play Sports, School Put On Probation By ...

Dec 10, 2012 • Huffington Post
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- The Illinois High School Association ruled Monday that four Sudanese students can play sports, but placed their suburban Chicago high school on probation and said the foundation that brought the athletes to the U.S. took advantage ... More

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