Sports Doing Good Newsletter, #29

Oct. 7 – Oct. 13, 2012

Welcome to week twenty-nine of the Sports Doing Good newsletter.

We are fortunate each week to find an array of stories involving individuals and groups made up of people of all ages. This week we had several stories including high school football and volleyball players, a young person trying to finish his first triathlon, college athletes visiting those in need, a college marching band with an amazing routine, an event that is bringing together some of the best minds in sports, a basketball coach’s special connection to a former team manager, and a hockey coach offering up his services in order to raise money for youth charities. We also have a few stories targeting the older members of our community, including an amazing 100-year old bicyclist, an effort dealing with senior hunger, and the passing of a football and TV legend.

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Incredible “Wedding Bouquet Touchdown Pass Wins HS Football game
With his team down 14-9 to the Field Falcons in the fourth quarter, Ravenna Ravens quarterback Tate Bennett completed a touchdown pass worthy of any blushing bride.
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Djokovic celebrates Beijing title with ‘Gangnam Style’ – China Open 2012
After winning Final, Djokovic wows Beijing. “Nothing was planned,” Djokovic said. “I was talking to fans who suggested to me to do that dance at the end of the tournament in case I win. “So I had to hold my promise, and it was fun.

Nuggets scrimmage in Aurora, less than two miles from site of theater shooting
Gateway High School in Aurora, Colo., is 1.2 miles from the Century 16 Theater where, on July 20, a gunman opened fire on an audience during a midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises.” The assault left 12 people dead and nearly 60 people injured. It’s a community wounded and struggling with trauma, and many of the students’ lives were affected by the shooting. The Nuggets announced on Wednesday afternoon that they would be holding their annual scrimmage at Gateway. Only students, faculty and staff were invited.

The Nuggets were down with the kids on Wednesday in Aurora. (Getty Images)

High school athletics are embracing Breast Cancer Awareness Month
The general commitment to the cause among Central Florida high schools — especially in October, which is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month — has increased significantly in the past several years. Athletic programs use a variety of ways to raise money for breast-cancer charities.

Ohio State University Marching Band Performs Tribute To Video Games During Buckeyes Halftime (video)
Accompanied by brassy performances of musical themes from “Pac-Man” and “The Legend of Zelda” to “Halo,” the band showed off some pretty fancy choreographed footwork, animating characters with their ever-shifting formation.

100-year-old man sets cycling record
A French centenarian became the fastest cyclist of his age on Sept. 28 when he covered 100 km (62 miles) at an average speed of just over 23 km/h.

Budweiser Donates $2.5 Million As Part Of MLB Promo
As part of the St. Louis-based beer company’s “Walk Off A Hero” program, $5,000 was pledged to the Folds of Honor Foundation for every walk-off hit during the regular Major League Baseball season. There were 205 walk-offs. In addition, Budweiser contributed a portion of all sales from May 20 through July 7, raising a total of $2.5 million for FHF.

7th Annual Ivy Sports Symposium
“The Ivy Sports Symposium is an annual student-run conference that is considered one of the global sports industry’s premier events. The Symposium enables the industry’s leaders and most successful executives to share invaluable knowledge with their peers and potential successors.”

Chris Mooney’s immeasurable impact; After family tragedy, student manager leans on the first family of Richmond hoops
And so five years later, on the best day of her life, when Robyn needed someone to walk her down the aisle at her wedding, the former basketball student manager chose the man who had given her solace, peace and support. She chose Chris Mooney, the Richmond men’s coach.

Georgetown Men’s Basketball Takes Time So Others Might Eat
Led by Head Coach John Thompson III, the entire men’s basketball team and coaches and staff hopped in vans and headed downtown to SOME, one of 30 locations in the Nation’s Capital where the aim is “restoring hope and dignity one person at a time.”

Jeremy Lin, Harvard reportedly in talks about merchandising line
Harvard University and Nike Inc. (NYSE: NKE) could start cashing in on “Linsanity,” Bloomberg reports, as the Houston Rockets’ point-guard Jeremy Lin is reportedly in discussions about starting a merchandising line for the university.

Marines help a young boy finish a triathlon
During the 2012 Sea Turtle Triathlon in Pensacola, a young boy’s prosthetic limb broke during the run. Local Marines who had volunteered to help monitor the course picked him up and carried him the rest of the way to the finish line.

Madison Square Garden Celebrates Its 133-Year History With 2 Exhibits
“Garden 366? and “Defining Moments” will be unveiled in November as part of the second phase of the World’s Most Famous Arena’s three-year transformation. The exhibits will highlight some of the Garden’s greatest moments in sports, music, entertainment and politics.

NFL player Aaron Maybin of the New York Jets: Living Through Art (video)
Art has been a blessing to Jets linebacker Aaron Maybin. And he uses that blessing to put things in perspective away from the football field.

Minnesota Vikings Team With Second Harvest Heartland And UnitedHealthcare To Tackle Senior Hunger
The Minnesota Vikings, Second Harvest Heartland and UnitedHealthcare are teaming up once again to help tackle senior hunger in the Twin Cities.

Bruins coach Claude Julien keeps busy during lockout, helps charity by coaching youth team
Julien has agreed to coach a youth hockey team later this month to raise money for charity. The team will be chosen by a raffle. Money from the raffle will support the Boston Bruins Foundation and Massachusetts Hockey, the sport’s governing body in the state.

Global development podcast: does sport have a role to play in development? (podcast)
After Euro 2012 and the Olympics, the football season is already under way in many countries around the world. Sport seems to be everywhere but can, and should, we harness its power to achieve development aims?

Silver & Black Give Back celebrates 25th Anniversary
The silver anniversary for the public charity of Spurs Sports & Entertainment’s family of teams will be commemorated throughout the upcoming Spurs, Silver Stars, Rampage and Toros seasons.

Emmy-winning reporter Andrea Kremer joins NFL Network
Kremer will be the chief correspondent in a newly-formed unit dedicated to covering NFL player health and safety issues. She will also contribute other reports and features on major topics across NFL Network programming.

RIP, Alex Karras, NFL great, Hollywood Actor
Funny, flawed, durable, direct, bitter, brave and talented. Karras was all that in 12 seasons as a defensive tackle for the Lions in 1958-70 and during a successful film and television career that followed.|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE