Dec. 1 – Dec. 14, 2019
Welcome to issue three hundred and twenty-six of the Sports Doing Good newsletter. This week’s 10 stories include:
1. A Sports Coalition joins UNHCR and the International Olympic Committee to help young refugees discover their potential through sports (UNHCR)
2. Ginny Fuchs hopes to emerge from OCD, tearful Olympic experience (NBCSports)
3. Meet Kaleo Kanahele Maclay: Sitting Volleyball Star, Mother, Small Business Owner, Pastor And Student (TeamUSA)
4. The Reno Experiment: Inside Vivek Ranadivé’s Grand Scheme (SI)
5. Friday Night Flights: 24 hours with Eagles QB/high school coach Josh McCown (ESPN)
6. ‘Still a long way to go,’ but women are gaining ground with new roles in the NHL (USA Today)
7. Faith, Fear, and Fandom in the Time of Patrick Mahomes (The Ringer)
8. Noah Malone, Legally Blind Sprinter, Commits To Indiana State (TeamUSA)
9. Ravens’ kicker Justin Tucker’s namesakes include babies, puppies and a pig (ESPN)
10. Kelly Slater scores a Perfect 10 at the age of 47 (SurferToday)
First Coach Joins Hoops2o Water Access Advocacy Group (Beyond Sport)
Dream Together Masters alumni attend intensive sports management course (Sport and Dev)
NBA Star Leads Investment in Low-Income Communities (Beyond Sport)
Using sport to treat the stems of female genital mutilation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Sport and Dev)
Kolisi named Champion of the Year at Peace and Sport Award Gala (InsidetheGames)
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.
Watch Exuberant Hockey Fans Make Record Donation By Hurling 45,000 Teddy Bears onto Arena Ice (Good News Network)
How Paralympian Mike Schultz Built His Own Prosthetic Leg (Great Big Story)
I first would like to express my thanks to all of you who sent notes of condolences and support upon the passing of my dad. Sport has the power to unify for sure and so does loss, not just from a sadness standpoint but in getting us to come together to celebrate life and the memories that we create together.
One of the things that came up in reflecting on my dad was his status, and my mom’s status, as refugees 70 years ago upon the partition of India in 1947. For the longest time I did not realize my parents and their respective families had to leave their lives behind in an area that became part of Pakistan and move to northern India.
I can only imagine what life as a refugee entails. Suffice it to say that feelings of displacement, insecurity, fear and lack of hope would be normal. To have those feelings as a young person is almost too hard to contemplate. But we must, because the reality of displacement and refugee status remains around he world. Thankfully there are many organizations that do more than acknowledge this reality, they do something to address it. Turns out many of those organizations are sport-related.
Our first story this week highlights the issue of refugees and pledges by many sport-related organizations to continue to work to make advances when it comes to supporting young people who are refugees. To be able to feel joy, togetherness and hope for a better future is a gift that sport can deliver to these young people and their families. Such a cause deserves our best efforts and long-term commitment.
The other stories we are proud to highlight this week include: the athletic and personal battles of Olympic boxing hopeful Ginny Fuchs; do-it-all Paralympic athlete Kaleo Kanahele Maclay; an experiment to change the way basketball is played; 24-hours with NFL quarterback and HS football coach Josh McCown; the advancement of women in a host of business areas related to the NHL; faith, fear, and fandom in the time of young NFL star quarterback Patrick Mahomes; elite high school track star Noah Malone, who is legally blind; the legend of Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker; and the GOAT surfer Kelly Slater, who is not slowing down.
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A Sports Coalition joins UNHCR and the International Olympic Committee to help young refugees discover their potential through sports (UNHCR)
Ginny Fuchs hopes to emerge from OCD, tearful Olympic experience (NBCSports)
Meet Kaleo Kanahele Maclay: Sitting Volleyball Star, Mother, Small Business Owner, Pastor And Student (TeamUSA)
The Reno Experiment: Inside Vivek Ranadivé’s Grand Scheme (SI)
Friday Night Flights: 24 hours with Eagles QB/high school coach Josh McCown (ESPN)
‘Still a long way to go,’ but women are gaining ground with new roles in the NHL (USA Today)
Faith, Fear, and Fandom in the Time of Patrick Mahomes (The Ringer)
Noah Malone, Legally Blind Sprinter, Commits To Indiana State (TeamUSA)
Ravens’ kicker Justin Tucker’s namesakes include babies, puppies and a pig (ESPN)
Kelly Slater scores a Perfect 10 at the age of 47 (SurferToday)
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Sports Doing Good Newsletter, #326
Dec. 1 – Dec. 14, 2019