May 5 – May 18, 2019
Welcome to issue three hundred and twelve of the Sports Doing Good newsletter. This week’s 10 stories include:
1. How Heung-Min Son Became Tottenham’s Hero and an International Sensation (Bleacher Report)
2. Women fight against prejudice on an extraordinary weekend for sport (The Guardian)
3. Inside the story: The Merger – a sports film as a vehicle for social change (The Conversation)
4. (Book Excerpt) Cycling helped Major Taylor triumph over racism (Boston Globe)
5. Meghan O’Leary Went From Google Search to Olympian in Six Years (SportTechie)
6. Frances Tiafoe: ‘I want to use my story to inspire others, you can’t make it up’ (The Guardian)
7. Native American women run to strengthen and heal their communities (ESPN)
8. Lights, Camera, Amir Hinton (Bleacher Report)
9. Sixers assistant coach Lindsey Harding is a ‘rising star’ in the NBA (The Undefeated)
10. How the Rabil Brothers Bet Big on a New Business Model and Built the Premier Lacrosse League (SI)
Green Sports Alliance Summit to Convene in June (Beyond Sport)
Giannis Is the MVP (by Pau Gasol) (The Players’ Tribune)
More Than A Game: How to Use Youth Sports to Develop Strong Leaders (TrueSport)
Gaza skaters battle blockade and conservatism (Peace and Sport)
Sports tourism: Finding the leverage with social impact (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.
Watch What Happens When Martial Arts Classmates Rally Behind Tearful Boy Who Failed to Break Wooden Board
When asked why I do the Sports Doing Good newsletter, I can count a host of motivations, amongst them professional growth, personal development, and educational curiosity. I have never been “bored” with the process because of these positives offered to me. This week, all three of these motivations were again in play in the stories we feature. In fact, one of the stories, of former cyclist Major Taylor, itself captures all three.
I don’t know if I should be thrilled, embarrassed or a combination of the two when I come across a “good” story involving an historical subject I’ve never heard of before. As is true of history, all of it is never truly “known.” We are shown what those in authority feel we should know, often times to our detriment. We are living in a time when stories of individuals and events heretofore championed, in fact were negative marks on society and particular individuals. And we have acted accordingly in shunning those individuals and raising up others. I see cyclist Major Taylor as one of those whose life should be part of the “regular” discussion of race in this country, especially race and sports. I feel lucky to have the chance to highlight an article looking at a new book about Taylor entitled, “The World’s Fastest Man: The Extraordinary Life of Cyclist Major Taylor, America’s First Black Sports Hero.” (and yes, I just ordered the book.)
The other stories I am happy to feature include: South Korean football star Heung-Min Son of Champions League finalist Tottenham; a weekend of sporting activities involving elite female athletes; an Australian film, The Merger, following a typical, but still interesting, story arc involving sports and a community trying to find its way; Olympic rower and overall super scholar-athlete Meghan O’Leary; the inspiring story of up and coming tennis star Frances Tiafoe; KwePack, a running group for Native American women at Fond du Lac Reservation in Minnesota, as well as Duluth and the surrounding area tackling issues confronting this vulnerable group; Division II scoring champion and NBA prospect Amir Hinton; former college and WNBA star, and current Philadelphia Sixers assistant coach Lindsey Harding; and how the biggest name in lacrosse, Rabil, is launching a new league for the fast growing sport.
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So, enjoy. And have a good week.
How Heung-Min Son Became Tottenham’s Hero and an International Sensation (Bleacher Report)
Women fight against prejudice on an extraordinary weekend for sport (The Guardian)
Inside the story: The Merger – a sports film as a vehicle for social change (The Conversation)
(Book Excerpt) Cycling helped Major Taylor triumph over racism (Boston Globe)
Meghan O’Leary Went From Google Search to Olympian in Six Years (SportTechie)
Frances Tiafoe: ‘I want to use my story to inspire others, you can’t make it up’ (The Guardian)
Native American women run to strengthen and heal their communities (ESPN)
Lights, Camera, Amir Hinton (Bleacher Report)
Sixers assistant coach Lindsey Harding is a ‘rising star’ in the NBA (The Undefeated)
How the Rabil Brothers Bet Big on a New Business Model and Built the Premier Lacrosse League (SI)
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Sports Doing Good Newsletter, #312
May 5 – May 18, 2019