Dec. 15 – Dec. 28, 2019
Welcome to issue three hundred and twenty-seven of the Sports Doing Good newsletter. This week’s 10 stories include:
1. College football star Joe Burrow makes ‘huge impact’ on hometown food pantry (Today.com)
2. How sports helped my family through its darkest time (SportsBusiness Daily)
3. Barcelona’s six-trophy year: Oral history of how Guardiola & Co. did the unthinkable in 2009 (ESPN)
4. Meet the Harvard professor who is shaping the destiny of football stars (Guardian)
5. A Football Player’s Mental Health Struggle Led Him Toward New Ambitions (New York Times)
6. Kung Fu Nuns in Nepal boost their health in the fight for women’s rights (CNN)
7. Kawhi Leonard and Simone Biles Are AP’s Athletes of the Year (Complex)
8. Enes Kanter’s play, platform for social justice on the rise (Yahoo)
9. After Being Partially Paralyzed, Hannah Gavios Is Completing Marathons (Great Big Story)
10. Why the Steelers Didn’t Just Fold (Bleacher Report)
Beyond Sport Foundation Focuses on Collective Impact, More Investment (Beyond Sport)
The Flight (by Eric Bailly, Manchester United) (The Players’ Tribune)
A Year of Impact: What We’ve Achieved in 2019 (Beyond Sport)
NAYS Volunteer Coach of the Year: Randall Reels (NAYS)
Looking Forward: Beyond Sport in 2020 (Beyond Sport)
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.
How This Blind Powerlifter Overcame Cancer and Homelessness to Become a Champion (Great Big Story)
The Current State of Women’s Sports (The Tea) (The Players’ Tribune)
As we close out another year, I want to thank all of you for your ongoing support of the Sports Doing Good newsletter and your individual efforts to create an environment in which sports can have a positive impact at all levels. My goal from the very beginning was to bring more attention to the good work and the compelling stories involving sport and society. As I have said before, I am always able to find stories to feature because there is just so much good happening in and around sports. In 2020, we are committed to continuing the newsletter and working on finding ways to get more good news to you, whether through the newsletter and/or via Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
This week we are happy to highlight the following stories: the on-the-field and off-the-field impact of Heisman Trophy winner, LSU quarterback Joe Burrow; how sports has helped the Fischer family through its battle with cancer of a loved one; iconic football club Barcelona’s most epic year of success; how Harvard professor Anita Elberse has attracted some of the biggest athletes and entertainers to think about their respective industries in different ways; the personal development of one-time college football player Isaiah Woods; three words, “kung fu nuns;” the brilliance of the AP Athletes of the Year, NBA star and champion Kawhi Leonard and Olympic and world champion Simone Biles; Boston Celtic player Enes Kanter and his commitment to better his homeland of Turkey; the courage and determination of Hannah Gavios; and the desire of the Pittsburgh Steelers to exceed everyone’s expectations.
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College football star Joe Burrow makes ‘huge impact’ on hometown food pantry (Today.com)
How sports helped my family through its darkest time (SportsBusiness Daily)
Barcelona’s six-trophy year: Oral history of how Guardiola & Co. did the unthinkable in 2009 (ESPN)
Meet the Harvard professor who is shaping the destiny of football stars (Guardian)
A Football Player’s Mental Health Struggle Led Him Toward New Ambitions (New York Times)
Kung Fu Nuns in Nepal boost their health in the fight for women’s rights (CNN)
Kawhi Leonard and Simone Biles Are AP’s Athletes of the Year (Complex)
Enes Kanter’s play, platform for social justice on the rise (Yahoo)
After Being Partially Paralyzed, Hannah Gavios Is Completing Marathons (Great Big Story)
Why the Steelers Didn’t Just Fold (Bleacher Report)
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Our goal is to have Sports Doing Good be a portal housing original content and excerpts from and links to the increasing number of articles, websites, video, and other media that showcase the good in sports and society. We aim to celebrate those concepts, activities, events, and individuals by highlighting them for a wider audience. Much of the news today, whether sports- related or not, is incredibly negative and increasingly polarizing, biased, and quite annoying. We are trying to refocus some of the discussion on the good, with a focus on sports.
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Dec. 15 – Dec. 28, 2019