Sept. 15 – October 5, 2019
Welcome to issue three hundred and twenty-one of the Sports Doing Good newsletter. This week’s 10 stories include:
1. The grandmaster diet: How to lose weight while barely moving (ESPN.com)
2. This med student was given last rites before finding a treatment that saved his life. His method could help millions (CNN.com)
3. Free Solo climber Alex Honnold’s next summit? The rest of his life (ESPN.com)
4. The Secret History of Black Baseball Players in Canada’s Great White North (Narratively)
5. Phoenix Mercury honor women of inspiration through custom sneakers (ESPN.com)
6. Different court: Maya Moore dedicated to criminal justice (AP)
7. Looking back at Shaun Livingston’s grueling, inspirational career (Chicago Sun-Times)
8. An immigrant poet and activist faced deportation by ICE. Then two NFL players bailed him out (Los Angeles Times)
9. OKC Thunder community kindness: Adams greets Private, Ferguson and Patton repair homes (Fansided)
10. The Titans gave us a wondrous big-man TD by throwing to a lineman who beat cancer (USA Today)
Stories from the Field: Joy In Dodgers’ RBI-ville (Up2Us Sports)
America Scores NY Sets Out 2030 Vision Strategy with $25m investment (Beyond Sport)
Best Practices for Youth Sports Coaches (NCYS)
UNODC survey: Sport for crime prevention and criminal justice (Sport and Dev)
2019 Project Play Summit (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.
One Woman’s Quest to Become the Fastest Bicyclist on Earth (Great Big Story)
If you are a longtime subscriber to Sports Doing Good or if you have known me for more than 10 minutes, you know I have a huge Georgetown University bias. Hey, I love my school, classmates and all those who are positively associated with the school. Despite this bias, I have never featured a story at Sports Doing Good with a Georgetown connection if the story could not stand on its own. And this week, we feature a “Georgetown story” that certainly does just that.
Part of David Fajgenbaum’s story, captured in “This med student was given last rites before finding a treatment that saved his life. His method could help millions,” at CNN.com, is a roller-coaster of sickness, treatment, health, more sickness, more treatment, and on and on. This elite student-athlete found himself fighting an illness that was challenging the best minds in medicine when it came finding a cure for David. Turns out one of the best minds in medicine was his own. This is an amazing, inspirational story that will likely impact scores of people with this condition and other rare diseases. When it came to treatment, the article says succinctly, “He didn’t wait for the stars to align. He aligned them himself.”
The other stories we are happy to feature this week include: the surprising physical fitness needed to be an elite chess player; incredible Free Solo climber Alex Honnold; the amazing, secret history of black baseball players in Canada’s Great White North; a special gesture by the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury players; the WNBA’s Maya Moore stepping away from being an elite professional athlete to address injustice; inspiring NBA veteran Shaun Livingston; awareness of two more athletes and social injustice; examples of professional athletes – in this case, the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder – performing community service; and a fun, wondrous, and successful play run by the NFL’s Tennessee Titans.
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The grandmaster diet: How to lose weight while barely moving (ESPN.com)
This med student was given last rites before finding a treatment that saved his life. His method could help millions (CNN.com)
Free Solo climber Alex Honnold’s next summit? The rest of his life (ESPN.com)
The Secret History of Black Baseball Players in Canada’s Great White North (Narratively)
Phoenix Mercury honor women of inspiration through custom sneakers (ESPN.com)
Different court: Maya Moore dedicated to criminal justice (AP)
Looking back at Shaun Livingston’s grueling, inspirational career (Chicago Sun-Times)
An immigrant poet and activist faced deportation by ICE. Then two NFL players bailed him out (Los Angeles Times)
OKC Thunder community kindness: Adams greets Private, Ferguson and Patton repair homes (Fansided)
The Titans gave us a wondrous big-man TD by throwing to a lineman who beat cancer (USA Today)
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Sports Doing Good Newsletter, #321
Sept. 15 – October 5, 2019