When I started at UrbanMatter, one of my primary goals was to reach our community through content. OK cool, so what does that mean? I’m of the belief that engaging content can move mountains. And I wanted to provide those types of things for Chicagoans. The types of stories rooted in the everyday happenings of their city all while also highlighting the people, tastes, sounds, and organizations that are making very real differences in the 312. This is important to me, and substantial to others.
That’s one of the main reasons we made it an effort to partner with Chicago House Athletic Club as the brand’s first-ever partnership with a professional sports team. It was through Chicago House Athletic Club that I was introduced to Dr. Sebastian Ko from Weiss Memorial Hospital in the Uptown neighborhood on the North Side.
Dr. Ko is the lead team Physician for CHAC and an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist at the Chicago Center of Orthopedics at Weiss. He’s built an impressive and decorated career in orthopedics here in Chicago, as well as in Canada, where he’s from. We’re not talking high school level athletes either. Dr. Ko has spent time treating elite-level athletes as a member of the medical team for the Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Cubs, and considering he’s a former NCAA Division 1 tennis player himself, he knows a thing or two about what it takes to get top athletes back in playing shape after an injury.
I had the privilege of speaking with Dr. Ko a couple of weeks ago after Weiss Night at SeatGeek Stadium to talk about his journey to Chicago, working with the city’s professional sports organizations and their athletes, and what drives him to make a difference amongst his patients and community working out of Weiss.
You can check out the full interview on the Fact of the Matter Podcast w/ Brian Lendino on Spotify or where ever you enjoy your podcasts!
Brian Lendino has never met an individual he couldn’t have a conversation with and you will see that abundantly in his writing style. He brings his decades-long experience as an editor and content strategist to UM after two years of running and publishing his own Chicago-focused digital media publication, Hub Chicago.
As a born and bred Chicagoan, Brian enjoys the simple things in life — like Miller Lite, the 606 Trail, and playing corn hole. Or is it bags? It’s bags. If you can’t find him doing a combination of those three things you can find him in front of a TV cursing out the Chicago Bulls, unabashedly defending Jason Heyward, or trying to fix the Chicago Bears.