June 16 – June 29, 2019
Welcome to issue three hundred and fifteen of the Sports Doing Good newsletter. This week’s 10 stories include:
1. Why the Toronto Raptors’ title is a victory for the NBA, Canada … and the US (The Guardian)
2. Top Italian football coaches train refugee and local youth in Uganda (UNHCR)
3. El Presidente: New Wolves boss Gersson Rosas brings his worldly view to the game of basketball (StarTribune)
4. Former Shock coach Nancy Lieberman leads charge for women to head NBA teams (Detroit Free Press)
5. Hoopstar turned broadcaster seeks to reshape youth sports culture (Amsterdam News)
6. Tennis Travails, Not Triumphs, Gain a Spotlight in an Instagram Series (New York Times)
7. Former NFL players help bridge gap between youth and police with Salisbury football event (DelmarvaNow)
8. Lyon’s championship soccer club is a model of gender equity and a vision for women’s sports (Washington Post)
9. Andre Iguodala Is On A Mission To Bring Athletes And The Tech World Together (Forbes)
10. Jason Collins is still working to give LGBTQ pro athletes a voice (New York Daily News)
Beyond Sport Launches Collective Impact Initiative Through New Awards (Beyond Sport)
How a crowdfunded programme in India is bringing children into sports (Sport and Dev)
We Are All Brothers (by Kalidou Koulibaly) (The Players’ Tribune)
Sudanese wrestlers embrace afresh after protest crackdown (Peace and Sport)
Empowering Kids to Play Every Day with Nickelodeon (Laureus USA)
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.
Five Ways FIFA Can Help Grow Women’s Soccer (SI.com)
We sensed a special international feel to this week’s newsletter. From the story of the Toronto Raptors’ first NBA championship, to the story about Italian football coaches bringing some of their expertise in the beautiful game to kids in Uganda, and finally to the story of the success of French women’s football club Olympique Lyonnais, we basked in the wonder that is our global society.
We did have our collection of wonderful “local” stories as well, featuring: Minnesota Timberwolves president Gersson Rosas; pioneering women’s basketball player and coach, Nancy Lieberman; fellow hoopster and now broadcaster Lea B. Olsen and her efforts to improve youth sports culture; the great Instagram series “Behind the Racquet,” by tennis pro Noah Rubin; how NFL players continue to work to bridge the gap between law enforcement and the communities they serve; NBA champion (though not this year) Andre Iguodala of the Golden State Warriors and his ongoing efforts to introduce the worlds of technology and investing to his fellow ballers; and former NBA pro Jason Collins and his own ongoing efforts to give LGBTQ athletes a voice.
Finally, we want to highlight an event, “The World’s Big Sleep Out,” taking place on Dec. 7 in various cities around the world. While not sports-focused, we are mentioning it because the issue of homelessness has found a spot in the Sports Doing Good newsletter many times over the years. We have featured non-profit Street Soccer USA, highlighted the work of professional athletes like Chris Long and Mookie Betts to bring attention to this pervasive issue, and mentioned the fact that there are youth, high school and even college athletes who battle homelessness as they try to make their way in the classroom and on the playing field.
Again, the event is “The World’s Big Sleep Out,” https://www.bigsleepout.com/. There are many ways to participate so please take a look now. Dec. 7 will be here before you know it!
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Why the Toronto Raptors’ title is a victory for the NBA, Canada … and the US (The Guardian)
Top Italian football coaches train refugee and local youth in Uganda (UNHCR)
El Presidente: New Wolves boss Gersson Rosas brings his worldly view to the game of basketball (StarTribune)
Former Shock coach Nancy Lieberman leads charge for women to head NBA teams (Detroit Free Press)
Hoopstar turned broadcaster seeks to reshape youth sports culture (Amsterdam News)
Tennis Travails, Not Triumphs, Gain a Spotlight in an Instagram Series (New York Times)
Former NFL players help bridge gap between youth and police with Salisbury football event (DelmarvaNow)
Lyon’s championship soccer club is a model of gender equity and a vision for women’s sports (Washington Post)
Andre Iguodala Is On A Mission To Bring Athletes And The Tech World Together (Forbes)
Jason Collins is still working to give LGBTQ pro athletes a voice (New York Daily News)
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June 16 – June 29, 2019