I'm very worried about discrimination at the park. During this Winter 2017 session at Kosciuszko Park, North Region Supervisor Rebecca K. Tirado supported my exclusion form Open Volleyball play in a discriminatory effort to keep an entitled, homogenous, segregated group of elder community members comfortable in their clique. This was wrong, and an example of the worst and longest standing issues with our city. I’m not likely to ever truly know why I was excluded from this class. But, I know that among the differential list of potential reasons, my skill level is not likely the deciding factor. It is inexcusable that biased, lay players are authorized to assess my skill level, or to override Gabriel Loza, Koz Park Head Instructor, who concluded that my skill is comparable to every one else’s skill. This experience has taken something from me and my family that Chicago resident should have, the ability participate in city-ran courses offered to the public. It's only right that I make my best effort to do my part in helping Koz Park transition in to a more inclusive and integrated representation of the Chicago Park District. If you know that there's a history of this, then you can be better equipped to handle what may come.
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