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At Play In A Land of Death

A generation lost to AIDS. An unemployment rate of 50 percent. A life expectancy of 37. Thousands of children orphaned. So, why are the kids of Zambia chasing a ball and smiling?

Originally Published: June 7, 2006

LUSAKA, Zambia -- When speedskater Joey Cheek donated his bonus money from this year's Winter Olympics to the Right To Play charity, his heart and generosity were widely applauded. Personally, I also worried he might wind up donating his kidney if he kept racing, though mostly I wondered why he felt such a need to donate the entire $40,000 he received for winning gold and silver medals. After all, $40,000 doesn't quite cover a year at Princeton, where he'll begin classes in the coming ...

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