Nov. 3 – Nov. 16, 2019
Welcome to issue three hundred and twenty-four of the Sports Doing Good newsletter. This week’s 10 stories include:
1. Jeff Green, on his eighth NBA team, finds his home on the basketball court (The Salt Lake Tribune)
2. Tennis Player Roger Federer Provides Schooling And Food For A Million Children (Truth Theory)
3. The Super-Optimized Dirt That Helps Keep Racehorses Safe (Wired)
4. How Jennifer Cohen, the Pac-12’s only female athletic director, rose to the top of UW sports (Crosscut)
5. Bills Mafia blends ketchup, mustard and, this NFL season, a shot of hope (ESPN)
6. A sport of their own (Washington Post)
7. Pro Presence: How Meditation and Mindfulness Are Improving Athlete Mental Health and Performance (SportTechie)
8. F1 details first sustainability plan (SportBusiness)
9. Lionesses land 77,000 record crowd in Wembley defeat (SportsPro)
10. The astonishing stories behind New York City Marathon’s final finishers (ESPN)
Brother, I Have Some Stories to Tell (by Marcelo) (The Players’ Tribune)
How love.fútbol tackles the Sustainable Development Goals (Love.futbol)
Quins Foundation Launch Software to Assess Social Impact of Sport (Beyond Sport)
How to Raise Upstanders (Instead of Bystanders) (TrueSport)
Lil Steve From Canada (Knuckleheads with Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles) (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.
Meet Memo, the Marie Kondo of Fitness (New York Times)
I had the great fortune of being part of a special event taking place at Georgetown University from Nov. 6-8. The fourth “Sport at the Service of Humanity (SSH)” (https://sportforhumanity.georgetown.edu/essays/about-sport-at-the-service-of-humanity-conference) brought together leaders from sport, education, faith, business, and the non-profit worlds to promote the discussion and actions surrounding sport and development and positive change in society. I waiver between if this was a life-affirming event or life-altering. I’ll happily say it was both.
About the conference – The annual conference grew out of an initiative launched by the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture, which held the first global conference in 2016 at the Vatican. That event included two days of intensive conversation among a variety of stakeholders, focused on how sport and faith can drive positive social change. The discussion centered around three themes: inspiration, inclusion, and involvement, and how sports participation and fandom can build and nurture all three.
Subsequent events to explore faith and sport at the collegiate level were hosted at Villanova University in 2017 and at Loyola Marymount University in 2018. In November 2019 Georgetown University hosted the conference on its campus in Washington, DC and participants continued to dig into themes of inspiration, inclusion, and involvement.
It was an honor to hear from so many leaders and then to interact with them. I look forward to the ongoing efforts of the team at SSH (https://sportforhumanity.com/) and pledge to do whatever I can to further their noble cause.
The stories we are happy to feature this week include: NBA veteran (and Georgetown alum) Jeff Green and his journey as a player and man over the past 10 years; tennis legend and true humanitarian Roger Federer and some of his great efforts to help others; how science is being used to help derive a better and safer dirt for horseracing; the life path undertaken by Jennifer Cohen, the Pac-12’s only female athletic director; how Buffalo Bills fans are actually having a reason to include “hope” in their tailgating menu this season; a high school student-athlete, Mya Kretzer, fighting, or better yet, wrestling, for more athletic opportunities for other girls; how meditation and mindfulness are improving athlete mental health and performance; global sport F1 and its plan to improve its contributions to sustainability; the record 77,000+ fans who watched an England versus Germany women’s football game; and some of the astonishing stories behind New York City Marathon’s final finishers.
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Jeff Green, on his eighth NBA team, finds his home on the basketball court (The Salt Lake Tribune)
Tennis Player Roger Federer Provides Schooling And Food For A Million Children (Truth Theory)
The Super-Optimized Dirt That Helps Keep Racehorses Safe (Wired)
How Jennifer Cohen, the Pac-12’s only female athletic director, rose to the top of UW sports (Crosscut)
Bills Mafia blends ketchup, mustard and, this NFL season, a shot of hope (ESPN)
A sport of their own (Washington Post)
Pro Presence: How Meditation and Mindfulness Are Improving Athlete Mental Health and Performance (SportTechie)
F1 details first sustainability plan (SportBusiness)
Lionesses land 77,000 record crowd in Wembley defeat (SportsPro)
The astonishing stories behind New York City Marathon’s final finishers (ESPN)
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Sports Doing Good Newsletter, #324
Nov. 3 – Nov. 16, 2019