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Sandusky case a wake up call for parents

PHILADELPHIA, PA – JULY 12: Federal Judge Louis B. Freeh speaks with the media during a news conference July 12, 2012 at the Westin Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Freeh released his report of the investigation into the facts and circumstances of the actions of The Pennsylvania State University surrounding the child abuse committed by a former employee, Gerald A. Sandusky. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

The news about the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal at Penn State continues with the recent report of three men claiming to have been abused by Sandusky in the 70’s or 80’s. In the wake of these stories and the subsequent cover up detailed in the Freeh Report many parents are beginning to pay more attention to how coaches interact with their kids.

The Chicago Tribune reported that Margaret Laude never thought twice about dropping off her 10- and 12-year-old boys at football and baseball practice and then picking them up a few hours later. That was before. “I don’t think I will ever leave my sons at practice like I did prior to the Sandusky thing,” the Bolingbrook mother said.

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Ed Kress
For over 35 years Ed Kress has been an instructor and student at the Degerberg Academy of Martial Arts, named "Best Overall Martial Arts School” worldwide by Black Belt Magazine. Master Fred Degerberg awarded Ed his 7th degree Black Belt in 2015. Growing up on Chicago’s Southside, Ed learned early in life to pay attention to his surroundings in order to avoid potentially dangerous people and situations. Along with local law enforcement officers and directors of campus security, Ed has developed a program which focuses on teaching personal safety on the streets, and as it relates to the high school and college experience. Ed has trained thousands of adult men and women as well as high school and college students to improve their personal and situational awareness and, when necessary, how to physically defend themselves using their brains as well as their bodies. Ed began his martial arts career when he started wrestling in 8th grade, taking 1st place in the Chicago Park District City Championships. He later wrestled varsity at Mendel Catholic High School where he was a Chicago Catholic League Conference Champion. During his college career at North Park University he was a Conference Champion and 2-time NCAA Div 3 national qualifier. He was on his way to qualifying for the 3rd time when a neck injury ended his college career. His record that year was 17 - 0. He continues to wrestle as Head Freshman Wrestling Coach at Loyola Academy. A position he has held since 2004.

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