Sports Doing Good Newsletter, #298

Oct. 7 – Oct. 20, 2018

Welcome to issue two hundred and ninety-eight of the Sports Doing Good newsletter. This week’s 10 stories include:


1.      How an 0-for-45 slump shaped Craig Counsell’s managerial career

2.      British Sailor Alex Thomson Battles the Elements Alone at Sea

3.      Welcome to the Data-Charged Future of Sports

4.      NBA and WNBA launch Her Time To Play

5.      Opinion: Events of 1968 brought purpose of disruptive protest into focus

6.      NBA star Joel Embiid was so bad at basketball he watched YouTube videos to improve — here’s how he ultimately found success

7.      The Harlem Globetrotters of Africa

8.      Ten Fingers Are Overrated

9.      UEFA Commits to Growing Women’s Game

10.   College Hockey Alumni Rise in Prominence in the N.H.L.



             Sports Stars Partner with Rock The Vote for US Voter Registration Campaign (Beyond


             Fighting to Stop Sexual Abuse in Sports (by Nancy Hogshead-Makar) (The Players’



Sport Performance Anxiety in Youth Sports (TrueSport)

Football Star Blaise Matuidi named Champion of the Year and Champion for Peace (Peace and Sport)

             Sport and hyper-masculinity in the age of #MeToo (Sport and Dev)



We present again our “Featured Video” offering(s). With the explosion of video content out there highlighting the good in sport, we want to showcase such content for your enjoyment and learning. This will be an ongoing effort.


The Cholita Climbers of Bolivia Scale Mountains in Skirts

For me, doing the newsletter for the past 5+ years is the gift that keeps giving. I am constantly inspired, motivated, encouraged, and entertained when reading about individuals and organizations who are doing so much good in the world. I can’t help but think about doing more in support of these folks or finding other things to do that can have a positive impact on a local level and maybe around the world. Well, I think I may have come up with something.

This week I am proud to introduce Love Equals (, an apparel and accessories brand based on the idea that the most important and strongest feeling we can have is “love.” And that when we want to express real affection for another person, place, group, activity, company, organization, or anything else, we say “I love that.” It is the highest form of praise you can offer. The equals sign (Lov=) connects one’s love to that object of affection. And we believe in the idea that “the move love you give, the more you get in return.”

Our strategy is one of differentiation built on quality, innovative design, and core message. I want people, i.e. you, to see the company as honest, truthful, loyal, generous, and benevolent.

Again, my thanks goes out to our readers and all of the people doing such positive things around the world. I don’t think I would have had the wherewithal to do this if it were not for you. While Love Equals is not a sports-only brand, we proudly target that market with our initial products and our initial good work initiatives. That mean, from the outset, taking 10% from every sale and donating it to a non-profit. The first three organizations targeted are all sport-related.

Love EqualsNow, back to the newsletter The stories we are happy to feature this week include: Milwaukee Brewer manager Craig Counsell; British sailor Alex Thomson; how sports is becoming “data-charged”; the partnership between the NBA and WNBA to get more girls to play basketball and live a better life; an Opinion piece by Kenneth Shropshire reflecting on racial protests that took place 50 years ago on the world’s biggest sports stage, the Summer Olympics; NBA star Joel Embiid; the burgeoning basketball market in Angola; a repeat appearance by a fantastic young man, Trashaun Willis; a commitment by UEFA to grow the game of women’s football/soccer; and the prominence of college hockey players and coaches in the NHL.

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How an 0-for-45 slump shaped Craig Counsell’s managerial career

Craig Counsell’s own career as a player has made it easier to navigate difficult conversations, like the one he had with Travis Shaw this summer after the Brewers traded for two other infield options. AP Photo/David Zalubowski, 

British Sailor Alex Thomson Battles the Elements Alone at Sea

Welcome to the Data-Charged Future of Sports

NBA and WNBA launch Her Time To Play

Los Angeles Sparks’ Nneka Ogwumike celebrates her winning basket with about four seconds left as the Sparks beat the Minnesota Lynx 77-76 to win the WNBA basketball championship title in Game 5 on Oct. 20, 2016, in Minneapolis. Jim Mone/Associated Press

Opinion: Events of 1968 brought purpose of disruptive protest into focus

Tommie Smith and John Carlos, gold and bronze medalists in the 200-meter run at the 1968 Olympic Games, engage in a victory stand protest against unfair treatment of blacks in the United States. With heads lowered and black-gloved fists raised in the black power salute, they refuse to recognize the American flag and national anthem. Australian Peter Norman is the silver medalist. (Photo courtesy Getty Images)

NBA star Joel Embiid was so bad at basketball he watched YouTube videos to improve — here’s how he ultimately found success

The Harlem Globetrotters of Africa

Angola team captain Carlos Almeida (left) holds up the cup on Aug. 31, 2013, after Angola won the FIBA Africa Championship final match against Egypt. Source Issouf/AFP/Getty

Ten Fingers Are Overrated

UEFA Commits to Growing Women’s Game //

College Hockey Alumni Rise in Prominence in the N.H.L.

Jim Montgomery won N.C.A.A. championships as a player and a coach before being hired by the Dallas Stars. Credit Michael Ainsworth/Associated Press


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