May 19 – June 1, 2019
Welcome to issue three hundred and thirteen of the Sports Doing Good newsletter. This week’s 10 stories include:
1. How two NBA players, Larry Sanders and Royce White, are bringing awareness to mental health in sports (NBCNews.com)
2. College football’s first female position player, Toni Harris has beat cancer, critics and wide receivers (CBSSports.com)
3. Mike Yam Helping Set a Path For Future Asian-American Broadcasters (Front Office Sport)
4. Katie Lou Samuelson Has Some Unfinished Business (Bleacher Report)
5. How Data (and Some Breathtaking Soccer) Brought Liverpool to the Cusp of Glory (New York Times)
6. Solving sustainability: how sport is answering the climate change challenge (SportsPro)
7. ‘Fun Guy’ Kawhi Leonard the latest example of NBA branding (CBC.com)
8. Former Elite Gymnast Kristal Bodenschatz Returns To Sport At Age 32 (WBUR)
9. Born Into the Digital Age, Forward Madison FC is Already Making Great Content Strides (WSC Sports)
10. Helping the Homeless Get Back on Their Feet (Great Big Story)
Getting the ‘development’ right in sport for development (Sport and Dev)
Refugee Project to Raise Funds with Jersey Sales (Beyond Sport)
World Rugby Launches Gender Equality Initiative (Beyond Sport)
How Can We Make the Olympic Village Last Forever? (Peace and Sport)
Lessons from Jakarta (by Erin McLeod) (The Players’ Tribune)
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.
Problems, Solutions, Heroes (Good Sports)
The “power of sport” is a phrase that has thankfully entered our vernacular. That is because there is great inherent value of sport when it comes to personal development, interpersonal relationships, health, leisure, and just having fun. But the evolution of the industry over the years has taken us to a point where sports has “extra influence” on matters all of all types, e.g. mental health, conflict resolution, education, societal health, the environment, and of course financial/economic matters. With this exaggerated influence comes the responsibility to justify the attention that we give sports.
This week we have multiple stores that highlight this “power of sport.” The first story has to do with the situations of two former NBA players, Larry Sanders and Royce White, who stood up and acknowledged their battle with mental health and set off a change in how teams, leagues, and other sporting bodies are confronting the issue. It is not just physical health that is essential to the overall well-being of the athletes, and even the fans. We also feature a story that highlights some of the great work being done by those in sport when it comes to climate change and the health of our environment. Sports events big and small are tackling the short and long-term impact that they can have on society and trying to minimize it before they happen or at the very least, work to reduce the impact after the event takes place. Whatever you believe is the cause of climate change, there is no doubting that our environment is being affected and we must confront it…now.
The other stories we are happy to feature include: the battle being fought by football pioneer Toni Harris; another pioneer, this time in the world of broadcasting, Mike Yam; college basketball star and new WNBA player Katie Lou Samuelson; Champions League finalist Liverpool; the surprising marketing allure of NBA star Kawhi Leonard; the return of elite gymnast Kristal Bodenschatz at age 32; the fun, off-the-field success for USL League One team Forward Madison FC; and a wonderful running and “friend” group helping those who have fallen on tough times and are looking to find their way again.
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How two NBA players, Larry Sanders and Royce White, are bringing awareness to mental health in sports (NBCNews.com)
College football’s first female position player, Toni Harris has beat cancer, critics and wide receivers (CBSSports.com)
Mike Yam Helping Set a Path For Future Asian-American Broadcasters (Front Office Sport)
Katie Lou Samuelson Has Some Unfinished Business (Bleacher Report)
How Data (and Some Breathtaking Soccer) Brought Liverpool to the Cusp of Glory (New York Times)
Solving sustainability: how sport is answering the climate change challenge (SportsPro)
‘Fun Guy’ Kawhi Leonard the latest example of NBA branding (CBC.com)
Former Elite Gymnast Kristal Bodenschatz Returns To Sport At Age 32 (WBUR)
Born Into the Digital Age, Forward Madison FC is Already Making Great Content Strides (WSC Sports)
Helping the Homeless Get Back on Their Feet (Great Big Story)
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May 19 – June 1, 2019