Saturday Summary – Compilation of this week's stories (Feb. 1 – 5)

Monday, February 1

The beautiful game’s history lesson
We highlight a traveling exhibition which explores the historical connection between the development of the sport of football/soccer and that of European society. The exhibit, now in Turkey, consists of prestigious artifacts, trophies and memorabilia, covering in particular the last 50 years of European football, and aims to provoke visitors into considering the social and cultural impact of the sport.

Super time to help out
Quick reminder of one of the events taking place this week in Miami during the run up to the Super Bowl. This event, Zo’s King Pin Classic, was hosted by former NBA star and Miami resident, Alonzo Mourning and his charitable organization.

Tuesday, February 2

Making sports safe, inclusive and fair
We introduce news of a new program from Melbourne, Australia aimed at creating an overall better atmosphere around youth sports. “Play by the Rules” encourages players, coaches and definitely parents, to heed the inherent positive elements of character of sports participation, e.g. cooperation and fairness and to be diligent about keeping out the unsavory elements such as harassment and discrimination.

When is gym?
We comment on the unfortunate decline in gym or other dedicated time for physical activity in schools all around the U.S. This is taking place as we face an obesity epidemic. Against this backdrop, we introduce a story about a school in India for the physically disabled, SKSN, which has integrated physical activity into their core offerings. The school looks to play to build the students’ physical health, their chance to interact with each other is a fun, social setting, and to have opportunities to address and overcome those challenges that dominate their lives.

Wednesday, February 3

Pepsi Refresh Project – off and running
We highlight that the Pepsi Refresh Project has started. The Pepsi Refresh Project aims to find people, businesses, and non-profits with ideas that will have a positive impact.

Gilbert Arenas apologizes and tries to start anew
We highlight the editorial in the Washington Post by Gilbert Arenas regarding his gun possession charge, the negative attention it brought to him, his fellow players, and the NBA, and his commitment to repairing his relationship with the young people of Washington, DC and his overall fan base. This type of commentary is a lot more than most athletes do and would be a welcome trend if in fact an athlete commits such a high profile wrong.

Thursday, February 4

What a legacy is all about – LA84
We featured the announcement by the LA84 Foundation of more than $2 million in grants to support sports programs serving more than 50,000 youths in Southern California. The Foundation extends the legacy of the 1984 Summer Olympic Games through these grants and its broader support of the Southern California area. This ongoing impact is an increasingly important part of prospective hosts of any major sporting event.

Something to cheer about – High School Rudy Awards
The winners of the 2nd annual High School Rudy Awards were announced. We highlight this announcement, the 1st prize winner, and the efforts of Trusted Sports, the organizer of the awards program.

Friday, February 5

NFLPA part of effort to block violence against women and girls
Coverage of two efforts by the NFLPA to help promote awareness of the issue of violence against women and girls and its involvement in a contest that encourages young people to create tangible collateral that reflects their own recognition of this issue and their support of those who may be in harms way.

AARP teams up with NFLPA
The NFLPA has joined the AARP’s “Create the Good” program to help spread the message of volunteerism. Current and retired players will make their presence known in 17 communities across the country. The NFLPA will also work with “Create the Good” on two additional national service events scheduled later in 2010. We believe this arrangement is a great use of the energy, enthusiasm, and experience of athlete alumni and expect to see it replicated.