Dec. 2 – Dec. 15, 2018
Welcome to issue three hundred and two of the Sports Doing Good newsletter. This week’s 10 stories include:
- The Future of Football Has Flags (New York Times)
- The Only Division II Player In The NBA (Fadeaway World)
- A football hero for a new generation of Somali-Americans (The Undefeated)
- After devastating Camp Fire, sports are rebuilding Paradise, California (ESPNW)
- Rui Hachimura Is Home at Last (Bleacher Report)
- How a Colorado girl went from basketball neophyte to viral dunking sensation (Yahoo! Sports)
- The NBA Player Who Went from Anonymous to Irreplaceable (Vice Sports)
- Wearing her ‘Hart’ on her sleeve: How WWE’s Natalya carries on a family legacy (Yahoo! Sports)
- How Tatiana Calderon continues to crack motorsport’s glass ceiling (CRASH)
- If these insanely good athletes can give up meat, so can you (Fast Company)
45 organisations sign the Call to Action on sport and refugees (Sport and Dev)
How to Get Back in the Game with a Stronger Team Mindset (TrueSport)
What You See (by Deshaun Watson) (The Players’ Tribune)
Former Chelsea Star Didier Drogba Names VP of Peace & Sport (Beyond Sport)
Kick It Out & Chelsea FC Partner on Campaign Against Antisemitism (Beyond Sport)
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.
Learning the Art of Movement With Macao’s Wushu Master (Great Big Story)
We first want to thank you for your feedback on Love Equals. We are excited that we have launched and even more excited to implement some of the suggestions we have received. There is still time to order before the holidays so we invite you to take a look at the website, www.loveequals.net.
For most of the stories we feature in the newsletter, there is no proximate connection to the subject of the story. We are mainly, from afar, an admirer and fan of the people, places, and things in the stories. This week we fortunately had the rare occurrence of being at least tangentially connected to a story.
In our second story, we feature a profile of NBA player Jaylen Morris. Jaylen is probably not on your radar, but he is definitely on ours. See, Jaylen’s dad, Pat, is a childhood and current Facebook friend. Pat has posted regularly about Jaylen’s unexpected rise to that of NBA player. Pat will often say, “Trust the process,” and we are believers. Jaylen is the only Division II player in the NBA. Rising to this position from where he started just doesn’t happen. Except when it does. We can only imagine how proud Pat must feel because we, without knowing Jaylen personally, are thrilled every time we see a highlight. Read about Jaylen and you too will be a fan.
The other stories we feature this week include: the possible future for American football; a high school football player bringing the game into the lives of those in his Somali community; the physical and emotional rebuilding taking place in Paradise, CA after the recent devastating fires; NCAA student-athlete and future NBA player Rui Hachimura; a fast-rising young lady, Fran Belibi, making her mark in the world of basketball after having just started playing the game; another young NBA guard making his way, Rodney McGruder; the latest Hart family member to make a mark in the WWE; rising motorsport driver Tatiana Calderon; and a look at how not eating red meat might actually help fight climate change, with several athletes serving as role models.
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The Future of Football Has Flags (New York Times)
The Only Division II Player In The NBA (Fadeaway World)
A football hero for a new generation of Somali-Americans (The Undefeated)
After devastating Camp Fire, sports are rebuilding Paradise, California (ESPNW)
Rui Hachimura Is Home at Last (Bleacher Report)
How a Colorado girl went from basketball neophyte to viral dunking sensation (Yahoo! Sports)
Fran Belibi only started playing basketball three years ago, but the Stanford signee is now famous for her dunking prowess. (Getty Images)
The NBA Player Who Went from Anonymous to Irreplaceable (Vice Sports)
Wearing her ‘Hart’ on her sleeve: How WWE’s Natalya carries on a family legacy (Yahoo! Sports)
How Tatiana Calderon continues to crack motorsport’s glass ceiling (CRASH)
If these insanely good athletes can give up meat, so can you (Fast Company)