The 7th annual Chicago Sports Summit in Chicago, IL

02 Nov 2023

On October 17, 2023, the 7th annual Chicago Sports Summit was held in Chicago, IL. It was hosted by Midwest Orthopaedics at RUSH.

The Summit – and the Chicago Sports Summit Foundation – was founded by Dr. Brian Cole who sought to create an opportunity to combine Chicago’s interesting sports personalities and topics with a philanthropy that helps all types of athletes stay active longer.

The 7th Chicago Sports Summit featured four interesting panel discussions moderated by professional members of the Chicago sports media.

The Speakers and Panels included:

Panel 1: Chicago’s Emerging Sports: Pro Pickle Ball and NASCAR

Introduction: Adam Yanke, MD, Midwest Orthopaedics at RUSH

Moderator: Leila Rahimi, NBC5 Chicago

Julie Giese, NASCAR Chicago Road Race

Austin Cindric, Professional Driver, NASCAR

Joe Saslow, Chicago Slice

Connor Garnett, Bay Area Breakers

Panel 2: Chicago Team Leaders Share Their Gameplans

Introduction: Brian Forsythe, MD, Midwest Orthopaedics at RUSH

Moderator: Mike Berman, NBC5 Chicago

Ram Padmanabhan, Chicago Bulls

Danny Wirtz, Chicago Blackhawks

Rachel Parrish, Chicago Red Stars

Michael Alter, Chicago Sky

Panel 3: The State of NIL (Name, Image, Likeness) in College Sports

Introduction: Shane Nho, MD, Midwest Orthopaedics at RUSH

Moderator: Ryan Baker, CBS2 Chicago

Brad Bauer, Northwestern University

Mike Downey, Chicago White Sox

Megumi Oishi, Student-Athlete, Northwestern University

Adam Cook, Campus Ink Sports

Panel 4: The Risk of Caring for Pro Athletes

Introduction: Nikhil Verma, MD, Midwest Orthopaedics at RUSH

Moderator: Dr. Brian Cole

Mark Bartelstein, Priority Sports & Entertainment

Timothy Tomasik, Tomasik Kotin Kasserman

William Rogers, Swanson, Martin & Bell

Scott Beckman, ISMIE Mutual Insurance Company

The Summit has become an excellent platform for networking with thought leaders in the sports industry.

For more information about the event, please visit:


By Alex Arlander, Gilbert Castro | ENC News


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