Sports Doing Good Newsletter, #32

Oct. 28 – Nov. 3, 2012

Welcome to week thirty-two of the Sports Doing Good newsletter.

Over the past seven months or so we have not had occasion to scramble to make sure the newsletter got out on time and was full of content that would inform you, inspire you, or just make you feel good. No major obstacles really. This week could have been a different story. Of course, on the East coast we had Hurricane Sandy causing major damage to a host of communities. (We were quite fortunate in escaping any real damage.) Our thoughts and best wishes go out to everyone who has been touched by this event. We are encouraged by the countless number of stories of individuals and groups popping up to help their neighbors and even complete strangers. In light of that, we hope that getting the newsletter out at its regularly scheduled time and full of great content gives all of you reason to sit back and smile.

In a couple of weeks we will be attending two wonderful events, both highlighted in the newsletter, including in this week’s version. If you are going to be at Beyond Sport United on Nov. 13 or the Ivy Sports Symposium on Nov. 16, please make sure to get in touch.

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NFL, union donating $1M to Hurricane Sandy relief
The NFL and the players’ union are combining to donate $1 million to the American Red Cross to help in the recovery efforts in the Northeast after Hurricane Sandy. Also, the league and its network broadcasters will run TV pregame and in-game messages to promote donations during this weekend’s games, beginning with Thursday night’s game on NFL Network between Kansas City and San Diego.

Right To Play goes on the attack to stress importance of sports to kids
Yet despite the group’s successes – by the end of this year, Right To Play expects to reach one million children and teens worldwide on a weekly basis – Koss hopes to convince more Canadians that the right to play is just as critical to a child’s success as their right to food, shelter and safety.

Acclaimed One Team program doubles club support in one year
The One Team workshop, which will take place in Barcelona from Monday, November 5 to Wednesday, November 7, will be attended by all eight Founding Partner Clubs and a second wave of seven partner clubs, bringing the number of clubs seeking to use the power of basketball to integrate communities under the One Team model to a total of 15.

DC’s Turner Elementary Selected as First Let’s Move in School Champion School
Turner Elementary School in southeast Washington, DC has been selected as the first Let’s Move in School Champion School dedicated to helping students meet the nationally recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity by NASPE.

Sugar Ray Leonard proves himself a beacon of strength in the fight against child sex abuse
Only a few years before he won a gold medal and became a national hero at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, Sugar Ray Leonard was sexually abused by an unnamed coach in a car in his hometown of Palmer Park, Md. For more than 30 years, Leonard kept the secret to himself. He lived with the misery, the pain and the angst.–sugar-ray-leonard-poster-child-fight-against-child-sex-abuse.html

Sergio Romo dons thought-provoking T-shirt in Giants victory parade
For pitcher Sergio Romo, though, the San Francisco Giants’ title parade on Wednesday was a chance to make a statement via his choice of wardrobe. The closer, last seen striking out Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera on Sunday to end the World Series, wore a T-shirt that read “I just look illegal.”–mlb.html

Jaguars’ Mularkey Implements TD Celebration Policy To Raise Money For Charity
He got players to buy into a reduced-celebration policy by introducing a wrinkle into the scheme. Mularkey decided he’d donate to charity every time they handed the ball over to the referees—from there, they were free to celebrate with teammates.

Clif Bar Family Foundation Grant Will Benefit Small Events Seeking ReSport Certification
Thanks to a very generous grant from the Clif Bar Family Foundation, the Council for Responsible Sport will be able to waive the ReSport Certification application fees for five small events in 2013.

Sports Commission Announces Honorees for 2012 National Sportsmanship Awards
A college basketball coach who told his team to foul an opposing player so he could score the only point of his career.  A high school sports standout and leukemia patient who passed up a Make-A-Wish meeting with LeBron James to have lunch provided for his entire school.  An NFL team that signed a paralyzed player to a free agent contract to honor his spirit and perseverance.  A runner who carried a collapsed opponent across the finish line.

Venus and Serena Williams urge African women to play tennis, feel empowered
The Williams sisters and their mother are in Nigeria this week to promote women’s tennis and empowerment of women on the continent. For Venus, it is her first time in Africa.

Colts’ Andrew Luck connects with Riley Hospital for youth fitness score
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck will work with the hospital to design a wellness program for kids in one of Luck’s first forays into local public service. The statewide “Change the Play” program will focus on helping kids make better choices when it comes to physical fitness and nutrition, Riley officials said.

Football Camp Allows Girls To Get To Know Each Other
Approximately 60-70 Israeli and Palestinian girls participated in a 2-day camp in Kibbutz Galon as part of the USAID Twinned Peace Football Schools for Peace program, the first of four which are to be held this winter.

William Gay’s Helping Hands (video)
Rick Reilly explains how the death of William Gay’s mother when he was just seven years old has helped shaped this Arizona Cardinals conerback’s life. Now he is helping others dealing with similar tragedies.

Blind tennis players keep their ears on the ball
Learning how to play tennis is hard enough. Now try it when you can’t see. That’s what students are doing at the California School for the Blind. They’re learning a form of tennis adapted for the visually impaired — and expanding the boundaries of what the blind can do.–spt.html

WWE campaign raises $1m to fight breast cancer
Wrestling superstar John Cena took a break from the ring last night to present a cheque to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The money was raised during a month-long campaign during October in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Shahid Khan: From Pakistan to pro-football
The Jacksonville Jaguars’ owner immigrated to the U.S. with $500 and a dream; now he’s the first ethnic minority to own an NFL team.

Audacious Academy for Sports and Social Development highlights two projects in India
The Audacious Academy for Sports and Social Development (AASSD) is based in Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India. It is an exclusive wing of the Audacious Dreams Foundation and uses sports as a tool to empower and educate young rural Indians.

BBWAA Names Susan Slusser Its First Woman President
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle has become the first woman to head the Baseball Writers’ Association of America in the organization’s century-plus history. Slusser was elected Saturday at the BBWAA’s World Series meeting. LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune was elected vice president, putting him in line to become the group’s first black head next year.

NY Knick Tyson Chandler Gets Cheek Swabbed To Delete Blood Cancer
NY Knick Tyson Chandler scored one for the fight against blood cancer last night at Bally, the Swiss luxury leather goods house in Manhattan, by getting his cheek swabbed and registering with DKMS Delete Blood Cancer, the world’s largest bone marrow donor center.


Upcoming Event – Nov. 13: Beyond Sport United: Sports Teams for Social Change
Beyond Sport United was created out of the undeniable truth that sports teams have an unrivalled ability to impact on the ever-widening populations of the cities that house them. This unique one-day event has been designed to showcase how these heroic brands and their historic resonance have the profound ability to become hubs of positive influence and resource.

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.”