Dec. 29, 2019 – Jan. 11, 2020
Welcome to issue three hundred and twenty-eight of the Sports Doing Good newsletter. This week’s 10 stories include:
1. Serena Williams, Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal commit to Australian bushfires charity match (CNN)
2. Boys or girls, it’s all basketball to coach Kristen McDonnell (ESPN)
3. Pete Carroll Wants to Change Your Life (New York Times)
4. The incredible comeback of Tennessee offensive lineman Trey Smith (ESPN)
5. Mane: ‘Why would I want 10 Ferraris, when I can help my people’ (Tribuna)
6. Meet Najiah Knight, the 13-Year-Old Girl Upending the World of Professional Bull Riding (Vogue)
7. Switzerland Welcomes The World As The Youth Olympic Games Kick Off (TeamUSA)
8. Athletes Come Together for Bushfire Donations (Beyond Sport)
9. Holding Tight to a Racing Tradition (New York Times)
10. Inside How Markelle Fultz Revived His Career In Orlando (Sports Illustrated)
FA Cup Kick-Off Times Delayed One Minute For Mental Health Campaign (Beyond Sport)
“It’s Not Ending Here!” (by Kyle Rudolph) (The Players’ Tribune)
What Pro Athletes Want You to Know in 2020 (Philanthropy Playbook)
“The Forum has grown greatly in Monaco” (Peace and Sport)
Reebok Launches its First Ever Sustainable Running Shoe Range (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.
Best of 2019 Peace and Sport International Forum (Peace and Sport)
The idea of a “shrinking” or a “smaller” world is widely accepted, with media, technology, business, travel, music and sports often acknowledged as both reasons for, and results of, this phenomenon. No doubt that there is debate over just how good and bad this is for the world overall. (I like to think it is more good than bad.)
An example of a smaller or at least more “connected” world is the coordinated reaction we are seeing from individuals and organizations from around the world to the devastating fires taking place in Australia. This is a humanitarian, environmental and economic catastrophe that is still taking place and whose impact will be decades-long. Two of our stories this week look at efforts by athletes and sports organizations around the world, e.g. cricketers, tennis stars, NBA players, etc., to contribute to the short and long-term response to what is happening. As we have highlighted multiple times over the past seven years in the newsletter, sports entities are among the quickest to respond and make some of the most significant contributions when addressing these events. And this will be sorely needed as unfortunately, there is no indication that such catastrophes are slowing down in frequency. It is just the opposite.
The other stories we are proud to feature include: ultra-successful girls, and now boys, basketball coach Kristen McDonnell; long-time college and NFL head coach Pete Carroll; a courageous comeback by college football star Trey Smith; global soccer star, and son of Senegal, Sadio Mane; Native American bull-riding prodigy Najiah Knight; the kick-off of the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Switzerland; the Long Feather family’s love for and commitment to the Indian Relay race; and young NBA player Markelle Fultz and his fight to fulfill his own goals.
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Serena Williams, Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal commit to Australian bushfires charity match (CNN)
Boys or girls, it’s all basketball to coach Kristen McDonnell (ESPN)
Pete Carroll Wants to Change Your Life (New York Times)
The incredible comeback of Tennessee offensive lineman Trey Smith (ESPN)
Mane: ‘Why would I want 10 Ferraris, when I can help my people’ (Tribuna)
Meet Najiah Knight, the 13-Year-Old Girl Upending the World of Professional Bull Riding (Vogue)
Switzerland Welcomes The World As The Youth Olympic Games Kick Off (TeamUSA)
Athletes Come Together for Bushfire Donations (Beyond Sport)
Holding Tight to a Racing Tradition (New York Times)
Inside How Markelle Fultz Revived His Career In Orlando (Sports Illustrated)
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Dec. 29, 2019 – Jan. 11, 2020