Foot Locker's After School Special

When the Chicago public-school system announced in September that a budget shortfall would force cancellation of all high school extracurricular activities, the city panicked. What would kids do without basketball, baseball, and band practice? Fears of a crime wave mounted. But corporations are stepping up to fill the budget gap. On Oct. 14, Woolworth's athletic-shoe retailer, Foot Locker, announced it would give $400,000 to a foundation organized to save Chicago's after-school activities.

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