Sept. 24 – Sept. 30, 2012
Welcome to week twenty-seven of the Sports Doing Good newsletter.
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Miami Marlins sign Adam Greenberg to a one-day contract, giving his second chance at his first major league at-bat
On July 9, 2005, Greenberg’s big league career began and essentially ended on the first pitch he saw at Sun Life Stadium. Then a Cubs prospect, Greenberg pinch-hit against former Marlins reliever Valerio De Los Santos, who misfired a fastball that struck him on the back of the head.
How Snoop Dogg learned to love soccer
“While we were playing the game, we were also learning about the game and started watching some games on TV. And it was the biggest sport in the part of the world we were in, so I just loved it.”
Louisiana girl rejects football kicker role, becomes fullback instead
Brittany Lindon has never been one to lack confidence, whether it’s in the classroom or athletically.
Tennis champion Novak Djokovic visits kindergarten in Serbia
Novak Djokovic, UNICEF National Ambassador for Serbia and the celebrated tennis champion, visited today the “Beneath the Linden Trees” kindergarten in the village of Lesnica, 150 km west of the Belgrade capital, to raise awareness of the importance of investment in early development and early childhood learning. http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/serbia_65920.html
Video – http://youtu.be/AL7SwSUgiKI
Andy Roddick Foundation Raises $1 Million For Youth Services And Programs
Roddick will use event proceeds to help fund youth programs at a new 10,000 square-foot, eight-court tennis and learning facility in Austin, and other youth programs run by its partner organizations.
Video – http://youtu.be/lrDmk29zXvg
Kumar Sangakkara a man with a plan; Impact of Sri Lanka’s worldly wicketkeeper felt well beyond cricket’s fields of play
“Sangakkara is undoubtedly one of the greatest captains Sri Lanka has ever produced,” said Sri Lanka’s ambassador to the United States. “He is also a very intelligent and committed person and an excellent role model for young Sri Lankans.” http://sports.espn.go.com/extra/cricket/news/story?id=8430573
Ray Negron’s ‘Yankee Miracles’ Offers Unique Look at ‘Bronx Bombers’
“Yankee Miracles: Life with the Boss and the Bronx Bombers” offers a unique, behind-the-scenes look at America’s most storied baseball franchise and the man they called “The Boss” — Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.
Inaugural Navy-Marine Corps Classic to air on NBC Sports Network
Florida, Georgetown basketball game, Little Big Town concert to highlight Veterans Day weekend
World Baseball Classic finalizes plans for 2013 event
World Baseball Classic has announced the international venues for the 2013 edition of the event, with the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) confirming that the winner will be officially recognized as the sport’s world champion for the first time.
MLS W.O.R.K.S. To Unveil Details Of Breast Cancer Campaign
As part of Soccer Kicks Cancer, Major League Soccer and clubs throughout the League will conduct efforts during the month of October to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research and treatment.
Women who played in baseball league during World War II reunite
Members of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League reunited in Syracuse Saturday to share stories, reminisce and meet their fans.
NCYS and Chartis Are Proud to Present the 2012 STRIVE Award for Organization of the Year
This award recognizes organizations that embrace a “kids first” approach, evidenced by their implementation of recognized best practices and policies that protect kids and promote safety within their organization. http://www.ncys.org/strive
Wedge Buster Secures $2.2m In Venture Funding And Launches Social & Mobile Sports Apps
Veterans from Sports Media, Social Gaming and Fantasy Sports Unite to Disrupt Model for Sports in Social Gaming. Wedge Buster is a social sports platform with more than 100 titles offering asynchronous gaming, which makes competing with friends easy, fun and addictive. Its games target three very powerful demos
A Win-Win for Paul Allen’s Seahawks and a Sports Start-Up
Paul Allen was among the minority of people who seemed to feel pretty good on Monday night after a blown call by referees awarded a game-winning touchdown to the Seattle Seahawks, the NFL team Mr. Allen owns. http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/27/a-win-win-for-paul-allens-seahawks-and-a-sports-start-up/?emc=eta1
Nike behind study to make kids more active
Today’s youth could be the first generation in history not to outlive its parents’ generation. That’s part of a new study unveiled Monday by Designed To Move, a group of organizations led by Nike, the American College of Sports Medicine and the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education, that are hoping to boost physical activity among young people.
Video – http://youtu.be/JGskDRV4t0g
Up2Us Leads National Training on Sports-Based Youth Development
In September 2012, Up2Us kicked-off its 3rd annual National Training Institute in Boston, MA. Over 130 coaches and host-site supervisors from Up2Us’ signature program Coach Across America received cutting edge strategies on how to more effectively use sport to promote positive youth development.
Release of the compelling movie, The Other Dream Team
The Other Dream Team is the amazing story of the 1992 Lithuanian Olympic basketball team, a group of trailblazing athletes who won the bronze at the Barcelona Olympics and left an indelible mark on the history books. http://otherdreamteam.thefilmarcade.com/ Trailer at http://youtu.be/e0I2_FZM86M.