June 30 – July 20, 2019
Welcome to issue three hundred and sixteen of the Sports Doing Good newsletter. This week’s 10 stories include:
1. AS Roma partners with missing children charities to use “social media for social good” (SportBusiness)
2. Women’s Sports and Brands: the Seismic Shift Expands (Portada)
3. Native Americans invented lacrosse—and now the modern league is embracing it (Fast Company)
4. Hollywood romance: Redskins’ Vernon Davis falls in love with acting (ESPN)
5. Maya Moore Left Basketball. A Prisoner Needed Her Help. (New York Times)
6. The U.S. women are part of a movement. They won’t be the only female athletes to speak up. (Washington Post)
7. We Know Why Kids Aren’t Playing Sports, For Real (Good Sports)
8. This All-Amputee Softball Team is Changing the Way We Think About Treating Trauma (Narratively)
9. Redskins’ Nick Sundberg affecting lives with laundry program (ESPN)
10. The NBA just invested in this hot AI startup to train and find its next crop of global superstars (Fast Company)
The struggle for women’s football in the Middle East (Sport and Dev)
Kings Cross Steelers Promoting Inclusivity Through Rugby (Beyond Sport)
Three stages of athletic skill development (NAYS)
Mentors and Mutuality (by Monica Puig) (The Players’ Tribune)
YEAR 3 IN REVIEW (Philanthropy Playmakers)
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.
“Scarred” (by Taquarius Wair) (The Players’ Tribune)
We want to take a moment to acknowledge the great work done by ESPN and its partners in putting on, sponsoring and supporting the 5th Annual Sports Humanitarian Awards. We are a very small but proud part of this effort. The net proceeds of the event will once again benefit the Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Fund at the V Foundation. To date, $7.5 million has been donated to the community on behalf of the Sports Humanitarian Awards.
In addition to the 10 great stories featured above, we felt there was a news item that deserved special mention. Last month the United States Olympic Committee formally changed its name to the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee – “a change celebrating the athletes of Team USA and the Paralympic Movement in the United States.” The USOPC board of directors unanimously approved the change in its quarterly meeting.
As was stated further in the press release, “This change is about more than an organizational name. To me this means that Paralympic athletes are fully included, embraced and celebrated by the USOPC,” said four-time Paralympian Oksana Masters. “I have personally felt the growing support for Paralympic athletes and the Paralympic Movement by this organization. I am so proud to represent the U.S. in competition – and this allows me to take similar pride as a member of Team USA.”
Much of what we highlight here is about opportunity. But we also understand that the words and images we use can have an impact as well. This move by the USOPC sends a message to athletes of all types that you will be respected and supported as you strive to achieve your goals. We applaud this move and are excited to see the team perform next year in Tokyo.
Memorabilia Opportunity. This is a great opportunity for the true Baseball Autograph Memorabilia Collector to set-up an appointment to visit Mr. Kranepool at his home in Long Island and examine the memorabilia that he has collected since he broke into the Major Leagues with the Mets in 1962. If you are interested, please contact Martin Gover of Momentum Sports Management, Inc. at (212) 918-4545, email@example.com
Finally, we want to highlight again “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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AS Roma partners with missing children charities to use “social media for social good” (SportBusiness)
Women’s Sports and Brands: the Seismic Shift Expands (Portada)
Native Americans invented lacrosse—and now the modern league is embracing it (Fast Company)
Hollywood romance: Redskins’ Vernon Davis falls in love with acting (ESPN)
Maya Moore Left Basketball. A Prisoner Needed Her Help. (New York Times)
The U.S. women are part of a movement. They won’t be the only female athletes to speak up. (Washington Post)
We Know Why Kids Aren’t Playing Sports, For Real (Good Sports)
This All-Amputee Softball Team is Changing the Way We Think About Treating Trauma (Narratively)
Redskins’ Nick Sundberg affecting lives with laundry program (ESPN)
The NBA just invested in this hot AI startup to train and find its next crop of global superstars (Fast Company)
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June 30 – July 20, 2019