April 21 – May 4, 2019
Welcome to issue three hundred and eleven of the Sports Doing Good newsletter. This week’s 10 stories include:
1. Dolphins Surprise Local High School Football Teams With Equipment Donations (MiamiDolphins.com)
2. What ESPN Has To Do With Improving Health (Forbes)
3. ‘Hockey in Heaven’ (New York Times)
4. Former NFL Player Andrew Hawkins Is Building a New Career Playbook (Front Office Sports)
5. Milwaukee can’t stop talking about the Bucks. The team hopes to create a dialogue about race. (Washington Post)
6. World’s oldest marathoner, at 108, is a model of more than simply stamina (Religion News)
7. Fresh Off a Gold Medal, Hilary Knight Feels Good About the Future of Women’s Hockey (Sports Illustrated)
8. Nicole Lynn Just Became the First Black Woman to Represent a Top 3 Pick in the NFL Draft (BOTWC)
9. Kentucky player’s difficult journey to NFL reached tearful peak with call from Texans (Kentucky.com)
10. The Dominican Dream: Felipe Lopez’s Rise Was More Than a Basketball Story (SI.com)
A Letter to the Undrafted Free Agents (by Wayne Chrebet) (The Players’ Tribune)
Breaking Barriers: Consistency Pays Off with Erin Hamlin (True Sport)
Social Enterprise Assist launched (Sport and Dev)
Imparting employability skills through sports activities (Sport and Dev)
Raheem Sterling Awarded for Social Activism at BTSIA (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.
A Cycling Guide Through Dubai (Great Big Story)
Most casual observers would be surprised to hear of a sports league not surviving, the thought being that there are billions and billions of dollars in sports and no league will go without. Well, in the past month, we have seen two leagues fold, the U.S.-based AAF and the Canada-based CWHL. While no one thinks the AAF’s demise portends bad things for the uber-successful NFL, there are concerns about the sustainability of professional women’s hockey in North America with the loss of the CWHL. Two of our stories deal with women’s hockey.
Our first story is an interview with gold medal-winning U.S. national hockey team player, Hilary Knight. Knight talks about the latest U.S. victory and the challenge posed by the failure of professional women’s hockey in the sports’ birthplace. The second story is a surprising look at a never-thought-of country when it comes to women’s ice hockey, i.e. India. Taken together the stories speak to the lure of the game and the passion the players have for it. It also speaks to the challenge for finding resources to play the game and to create a business model to create a sustainable pro league.
The other stories we feature this week include: the NFL’s Miami Dolphins supporting local youth football teams with the donation of needed equipment; the emergence of ESPN as one of the leaders in sports and social change; former NFL player Andre Hawkins and his preparation for a post-NFL life; the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks’ incredible season on the court being complemented with its important work off the court; a repeat appearance in the newsletter by 100+ year-old former marathoner Fauja Singh; Nicole Lynn, who last month became the first black woman to represent a top 3 pick in the NFL draft; University of Kentucky student-athlete Lonnie Johnson’s difficult journey to said NFL draft; and the story of retired NBA basketball player Felipe Lopez from the Dominican Republic.
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Dolphins Surprise Local High School Football Teams With Equipment Donations (MiamiDolphins.com)
What ESPN Has To Do With Improving Health (Forbes)
‘Hockey in Heaven’ (New York Times)
Former NFL Player Andrew Hawkins Is Building a New Career Playbook (Front Office Sports)
Milwaukee can’t stop talking about the Bucks. The team hopes to create a dialogue about race. (Washington Post)
World’s oldest marathoner, at 108, is a model of more than simply stamina (Religion News)
Fresh Off a Gold Medal, Hilary Knight Feels Good About the Future of Women’s Hockey (Sports Illustrated)
Nicole Lynn Just Became the First Black Woman to Represent a Top 3 Pick in the NFL Draft (BOTWC)
Kentucky player’s difficult journey to NFL reached tearful peak with call from Texans (Kentucky.com)
The Dominican Dream: Felipe Lopez’s Rise Was More Than a Basketball Story (SI.com)
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