Saturday Summary – Compilation of this week’s stories (Jan. 18 – 22)

Monday, January 18

All-star caliber assistance
Reference to the partnership announced by NBA stars Alonzo Mourning and Dwyane Wade to encourage fellow players to raise money to support Project Medishare and its efforts in Haiti. Article from also discusses the efforts by several players from the NFL.

Honoring DM on MLK, Jr. day
Coverage of Dikembe Mutombo receiving the John Thompson Legacy of a Dream Award, which is part of Georgetown University’s annual Let Freedom Ring Initiative. The Award is given to a person in honor of his/her service to the community and dedication to the values of Dr. King.

Tuesday, January 19

Global games, global family
Our commentary on how the globalization of sports, especially athletes from other countries playing in U.S.-based pro leagues, has enabled these players’ teammates, fellow players, respective teams, leagues, and fans a greater appreciation for where they are from and a connection to people there. This has proven valuable in a time when a place many may not be familiar with, Haiti, is in a time of dire need.

Players and fans – Doing what they do best to support efforts in Haiti
We highlight news of the spontaneous exhibition put on by the world’s top tennis players on the eve of the Australian Open to raise money for the relief effort in Haiti. The event was a boon to fans who got to see great players, for cheap, in a relaxed atmosphere, all for a good cause.

Wednesday, January 20

Beyond Sport 2010 – Open for entries
Announcement of the call for submissions for the 2nd annual Beyond Sport Awards, which will be taking place in Chicago in late September.

Let’s make it every day
Advanced notice of the National Girls & Women in Sports Day on February 3. Includes links to more information from the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport and to a special effort by Girls in the Game built around that special day/month.

Thursday, January 21

Giving HIV a red card
News about a new concept and communications program by Grassroot Soccer (GRS) that incorporates that dreaded symbol of bad behavior in soccer, the red card, to educate young people about risky behaviors and sending such behaviors “off the field” in life.

Puma, UNEP and the Play for Life campaign
Coverage of the new strategic partnership between PUMA and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to support biodiversity worldwide and specific initiatives in Africa. PUMA has created a Africa Unity Kit for its sponsored national teams that will also serve as a fundraising tool.

Friday, January 22

NBA and NFL – It’s time for all of us to play
Coverage of two initiatives, one involving the NBA and the other the NFL, promoting physical activity and healthy eating. In one, the USDA announced that it is joining the NFL and National Dairy Council’s Fuel Up to Play 60 anti-obesity campaign, while in the other, the NBA held its first ever FIT Week.

Wanting to be “Unreasonable” – APAID
Adapted Physical Activity International Development (APAID) was selected as a finalist in a competition involving social entrepreneurs sponsored by the Unreasonable Institute (UI). Includes video about APAID’s bid to win a spot at UI’s Summer Institute.