Nov. 18 – Dec. 1, 2018
Welcome to issue three hundred and one of the Sports Doing Good newsletter. This week’s 10 stories include:
- Cult-classic ‘The White Shadow’ still resonates 40 years later
- Alabama Running Back Josh Jacobs Is Living the Impossible Dream
- ‘Moneyball’ mastermind Billy Beane predicts health tech and AI will transform pro sports
- Tyson Fury: ‘If I can defeat depression, I can defeat anything.’
- 5 sports lessons a former pro athlete uses to succeed in business
- WSU band learns Husky fight song to play during Apple Cup after UW bus flips on trip to Pullman
- ‘A coach is a coach’: Chantal Vallée on leading a men’s professional team
- NFL All-Pro Shawn Springs Hopes to Make an Impact at CES
- Volleyball Team Devastated by Fire Shows Up Without Equipment, But Opponents Have New Uniforms, Supplies and Gift Cards Waiting
- Women’s football at a Sikh temple? Meet the pioneer who made it happen
NFL’s “My Cause My Cleats” Campaign Empowers Athlete Philanthropy (Beyond Sport)
The Anchor-Mentor-Father Plan (by Saquon Barkley) (The Players’ Tribune)
New Orleans Day of Sport celebration (Laureus)
How to Strengthen Your Athlete’s Growth Mindset (TrueSport)
Sports Paralysis Charity Regain launches Transforming Lives appeal (Beyond Sport)
Most of the stories we feature are current in nature, focused on individuals, teams, organizations, etc. doing something that has just taken place, is taking place, or will take place in the near future. We don’t go too far forward too often and rarely have “older stories.” However, we do have the occasional “anniversary story” and we are proud to offer one this week.
“The White Shadow” lasted on television for three years but what a great three years it was. This was my favorite show by far. As a pre-high school student, I looked at the characters as “way older than me,” even though it was more in the range of 5 or 6 years older. The characters were great, the stories were a mix of the funny and the serious, and it involved my favorite sport to watch, basketball. In a day and age when there were not 500+ shows on television, it meant something to be on network TV. The White Shadow more than deserved its place in the lexicon of TV history. So enjoy a look at the show 40 years later and maybe pick it up on DVD or a streaming service. It will be worth it.
The other stories we are happy to feature include: University of Alabama student-athlete Josh Jacobs and his fight to get where he is today; ‘Moneyball” mastermind Billy Beane and his view on the future of sports; heavyweight boxing fighter, Tyson Fury, and his fight to overcome depression; suggestions from former professional lacrosse player Drew Westervelt on how to succeed in business; a great gesture by the Washington State University marching band after it learned that its rivals from the University of Washington would not make it to the game because of a bus accident; pioneering female basketball coach and general manager Chantal Vallee of Canada; former NFL star and current entrepreneur Shawn Springs and his time at CES; a wonderful example of caring and sportsmanship by a high school volleyball team and its community for an opponent devastated by the fires in California; and the growth of women’s football (soccer) at a club in England led by Parm Gill.
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Cult-classic ‘The White Shadow’ still resonates 40 years later
Alabama Running Back Josh Jacobs Is Living the Impossible Dream
‘Moneyball’ mastermind Billy Beane predicts health tech and AI will transform pro sports
Tyson Fury: ‘If I can defeat depression, I can defeat anything.’
5 sports lessons a former pro athlete uses to succeed in business
WSU band learns Husky fight song to play during Apple Cup after UW bus flips on trip to Pullman
The Cougar Marching Band played the Washington fight song in place of the Washington Marching Band which was sidelined by an accident on the drive over from Seattle. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)
‘A coach is a coach’: Chantal Vallée on leading a men’s professional team
Chantal Vallée: ‘If there’s any pressure, it comes from me. I’m a high achiever’.
Photograph: Edwin Tam/Canadian Elite Basketball League)
NFL All-Pro Shawn Springs Hopes to Make an Impact at CES
Volleyball Team Devastated by Fire Shows Up Without Equipment, But Opponents Have New Uniforms, Supplies and Gift Cards Waiting
Women’s football at a Sikh temple? Meet the pioneer who made it happen
Parm Gill, the founder of Guru Nanak FC women’s team, has received Uefa’s Grassroots Gold Award. Photograph: Ben Radford/Getty Images