Garfien: A firsthand glimpse into A New Day Cambodia's impact

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Garfien: A firsthand glimpse into A New Day Cambodia's impact

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia -- If life is like winning the lottery, these are children who came into this world with no chance of even getting a ticket.

They were born and raised in one of the worst slums on the planet, an area in the city of Phnom Penh where the living conditions arent safe for a rat or insect let alone a human being.

Theres waste, disease, and poverty. No toilets, no running water, no hope.

Adjacent to this village is a vast garbage dump where kids spend their childhood picking through large mountains of waste, working for 25 cents a day.

The images of this place are so disturbing that when you witness it, you never forget it.

For Bill and and his wife Lauren Smith, its become their mission in life to do whatever they can to change it.

Bill is the longtime team photographer for the Bulls, Blackhawks, and Bears. For the last four decades he has been there to capture some of the greatest moments in the history of Chicago sports. His scrapbook is filled with dynamic photos featuring the likes of Jordan, Payton, Kane, Rose and Rodman.

When it comes to sports, he has seen it all. But nothing could prepare him for what he saw on the other side of his lens when he found this dreaded place of poverty and despair 10 years ago.

For Bill, they are images he couldnt ignore. His life would never be the same. And now, the same holds true for many others.

In 2006, Smith and his longtime friend Joe ONeil, Senior Director of Ticket Operations for the Bulls, formed A New Day Cambodia, a foundation that has rescued over 100 children from the garbage dump, providing food, shelter, education and a real first chance in life.

Neither of them had any experience running a charity. Now they operate one 8,700 miles away...and the results are staggering.

Despite coming to them with limited schooling or none whatsoever, children have started going to college, others have gotten jobs in the workforce, while many between the ages of 6 and 16 currently live at the center, making remarkable progress.

Were here in Cambodia to see first-hand how Smiths foundation has drastically changed the path of these childrens lives. Later this week, well be along as they rescue more children from the garbage dump.

The video and slideshow above will give a closer look at what is happening here.

Well have daily updates throughout the week here on CSNChicago.com. A full show will air on Comcast SportsNet at a later date.

Click here for more information on A New Day Cambodia.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Welcoming David DeJesus to the CSN team

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Welcoming David DeJesus to the CSN team

On this episode of SportsTalk Live, David Haugh (Chicago Tribune), Hub Arkush (670 The Score/Pro Football Weekly) and Mark Carman (WGN Radio/Fansided) join Chuck Garfien on the panel. The Bears will reportedly bring Mark Sanchez in to Halas Hall? Really? Sanchez? Why?

The Bulls blow another big lead. Is Jimmy Butler to blame?

Plus the guy discuss if the White Sox are close to dealing Jose Quintana, Scott Paddock updates NASCAR's Monster Energy Cup Series and we welcome David DeJesus to the CSN team.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

Lake Zurich linebacker Jack Sanborn gives verbal commitment to Wisconsin

Lake Zurich linebacker Jack Sanborn gives verbal commitment to Wisconsin

Lake Zurich four-star inside linebacker Jack Sanborn decided to end his recruiting process Wednesday night, giving the Wisconsin Badgers his verbal commitment.

"(Wisconsin) has everything I was looking for," Sanborn said. "I believe I can't go wrong there. They have the academics, great football, the campus is amazing. I feel comfortable there with all of the coaches and the players as well."

Sanborn is the eight known verbal commitment for the Badgers in the Class of 2018 and the second from Illinois, joining Lyons Township quarterback Ben Bryant.

Sanborn is currently ranked as the third-best Illinois player in the Class of 2018 and is one of seven ranked in the top 10 to give an early verbal commitment.

The Class of 2018 won't sign a Letter of Intent until Feb. 1 of next year.