The Unbreakable Bond

Over 17 years ago, Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins’ mom Sabrina Greenlee went blind after her boyfriend’s jealous girlfriend tossed acid in her face. After the assault, Greenlee avoided attending her son’s games, fearing people staring at her disfigurement. Today, she never misses a Texans home game from her spot in the end zone, where Hopkins’ sisters whisper game color commentary into her ear.

Author: Mina Kimes
Source: ESPN
Published: Oct 16, 2019
Length: 14 minutes (3,642 words)

Aly Raisman Takes the Floor

In her fight to end sexual abuse, the Olympic champion is challenging the very institutions she led to glory.

Author: Mina Kimes
Source: ESPN
Published: Jul 18, 2018
Length: 19 minutes (4,940 words)

The Unkillable Demon King

A profile of a 19-year-old Korean pro gamer who goes by the name Faker and has become known as one of the best players in League of Legends, the most popular computer game in the world.

Author: Mina Kimes
Source: ESPN
Published: Jun 10, 2015
Length: 23 minutes (5,789 words)

Caterpillar’s Doug Oberhelman: Manufacturing’s Mouthpiece

Portrait of an American company with billions in profits, and questions about how much it should be sharing that wealth with its own workforce:

“Oberhelman’s activism has also made him a target of criticism from those who say Caterpillar is thriving at its workers’ expense. Last year, as the company racked up a record $66 billion in sales, generating $5.7 billion in profits, it repeatedly landed in the news for clashing with production employees. In January 2012, Caterpillar locked out union workers at a locomotive factory in Ontario after they rejected a pay cut of about 50 percent; the company shuttered the plant and moved production to Muncie, Ind., where workers accepted lower wages. Last May, Caterpillar took a hard line during negotiations with employees at its Joliet (Ill.) hydraulic-parts factory, insisting on cuts to health care and other benefits. After striking for three months, employees caved at the end of the summer. Senior workers’ wages were frozen for six years. Caterpillar is currently battling union workers at its Milwaukee plant.”

Author: Mina Kimes
Source: Businessweek
Published: May 21, 2013
Length: 11 minutes (2,909 words)