• By Austin Siegel At most college football programs, spring workouts aren’t typically in the spotlight. The focus in weight rooms across the country is on preparing for a season that’s months away, when the impact of those reps and PRs will be felt on the field. Not at Northwestern. Inside the Walter Athletic Center last month, caution tape, a smoke machine, and the sound of cheering made the weight room feel like a game day as Northwestern Football hosted their […]

  • By Austin Siegel One of the best center fielders in Chicago walks past Wrigley Field all the time. Sometimes, when the Cubs are at home, the noise of the crowd carries down Addison Street towards the North Side Housing and Support Shelter, where Northwestern Softball’s Ayana Lindsey volunteers with Chicago HOPES for Kids, an organization that provides after-school programming to students experiencing homelessness in Chicago. There’s a basketball court and an outdoor space where school-age children dart around on scooters; […]

  • By Erin Coykendall & Izzy Scane | As told to Austin Siegel Erin Coykendall and Izzy Scane delivered Northwestern a women’s lacrosse national championship in 2023, shared the stage at the Tewaaraton Awards and led the Wildcats to this month’s NCAA Tournament as the number-one team in the country. As two of the greatest Northwestern lacrosse players of all-time prepare for one last ride together, Coykendall and Scane told TrueNU the story of their decade-long friendship. They also spoke about […]

  • Youth & Opportunity United Evanston, an organization that hosts after-school and summer learning programs, has plenty of students with a passion for sports. But creating opportunities to play for more than 1,400 participants across Evanston hasn’t always been easy for Y.O.U. Program Manager Michelle Hinojosa. Enter, TrueNU. “I connected with Jacob [Schmidt] and TrueNU because we’re always looking for someone who can come in and play sports with our kids,” she said. “Finding out that working with these student-athletes would […]

  • By Boo Buie | As told to Austin Siegel A few weeks ago, John Shurna called me before our game against Michigan. I was closing in on his record as Northwestern’s all-time leading scorer and he wanted to offer me an early congratulations. Then, he told me “This is what Billy McKinney did for me when I broke his record. And now, I want to do the same thing for you.” It got me thinking about how when the day […]

  • Ask Christian Guenther, and the same thing happens at the Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association after every visit from a Northwestern student-athlete. “Everyone starts wearing Northwestern gear,” he said. “And then they start requesting that we go to Northwestern games so they can see the athletes compete. I’ve started getting a lot of requests for anything that has to do with Northwestern.” The partnership between TrueNU and the NSSRA is only about a year old, after Northwestern’s first NIL collective […]

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