Jan. 12 – Jan. 25, 2020
Welcome to issue three hundred and twenty-nine of the Sports Doing Good newsletter. This week’s 10 stories include:
1. ‘Jeopardy! GOAT’: James Holzhauer and Ken Jennings battle it out down to the final clue (Yahoo)
2. Entrepreneurs: Benchmark’s Nick Keller on using sport’s power to heal society (Evening Standard)
3. W.N.B.A. Makes ‘Big Bet on Women’ With a New Contract (New York Times)
4. Phaidra Knight’s next move: Retired from rugby, pursuing new dreams (Global Sport Matters)
5. Patrick Mahomes didn’t stick to one sport, making him a prime example for multisport youths (Yahoo Sports)
6. The Hottest Player in College Basketball Is Named Sabrina (Wall Street Journal)
7. Say Hello to the New Guard of Elite Quarterbacks Reshaping the NFL (The Ringer)
8. Linsanity, A Botched Headline And An ESPN Editor’s Journey To The Priesthood (WBUR.org)
9. Half a century later, Jack Scheuer, the Palestra’s all-time leading scorer finds his place courtside (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
10. Magic Johnson, Wynton Marsalis, Adam Silver among luminaries who memorialize David Stern (USA Today)
Sport and human rights: An interview with Mary Harvey (Sport and Dev)
Kylian Mbappé launches his association to help 98 children fulfill their “dreams” (Peace and Sport)
Underrated for Life (by Quadry Adams and Stephen Curry) (The Players’ Tribune)
Olympian Katie Ledecky & Panasonic Launch STEM Initiative (Beyond Sport)
MLK Day of Service in Chicago, Miami, New Orleans and Seattle (Up2Us Sports)
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.
‘Good Morning America’ surprises female football player Aniah Echols, 13, with Super Bowl tickets (USA Today)
The idea of competition is not hard for us to understand. It has been around for thousands of years, individuals testing their capabilities against others to see how good they are and how much progress they have made in that discipline. That is what led to the ancient Olympics and the litany of sports that we now see played around the world.
But the idea of competition is not exclusive to sports. You can’t flip the channel these days without seeing people “battling” in the kitchen, in tattoo parlors, on obstacle courses and dance floors, and now in the realm of video games. Now whether you want to call any of these sports is up to you. Many are horrified that video game competition, aka e-sports, has that moniker. Part of that disdain is surely due to the fact that sports has a tradition and to see something new, much like any change in any field, throws some people off. We’ll leave that debate to others.
One thing that we will accept is that competition does have a home in these various disciplines. One of those areas is trivia. Maybe the most prominent trivia contest ever is “Jeopardy.” For more than 30 years millions of people have watched 3 contestants battle it out to see how knows more and who can buzz in the fastest to tell Alex Trebek the answer, or in the case of “Jeopardy,” the question. Two weeks ago there was a “Champions of Champions” or “GOAT” competition of three legendary contestants. We feature this “kind of sport” in this week’s newsletter because it captured so many of the good things we see in competition/sports, e.g. brilliant performances, sportsmanship, respect, and ultimately a battle to the end to see who was best. It was fun to see these three players go at it and to give Alex Trebek special recognition as he battles his cancer condition.
The other stories we are happy to feature this week include: sport and social change leader Nick Keller; the far-reaching potential impact of the WNBA’s new collective bargaining agreement; women’s rugby star Phaidra Knight and her next moves in life; the upside to playing multiple sports as seen with NFL star Patrick Mahomes; NCAA basketball star Sabrina Ionescu from the University of Oregon; the exciting changes happening at the quarterback position in the NFL; an incredible story about a sports editor’s path to the priesthood; Philadelphia basketball legend Jack Scheuer; and memorial tributes by stars from sport and otherwise for legendary NBA commissioner, David Stern.
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‘Jeopardy! GOAT’: James Holzhauer and Ken Jennings battle it out down to the final clue (Yahoo)
Entrepreneurs: Benchmark’s Nick Keller on using sport’s power to heal society (Evening Standard)
W.N.B.A. Makes ‘Big Bet on Women’ With a New Contract (New York Times)
Phaidra Knight’s next move: Retired from rugby, pursuing new dreams (Global Sport Matters)
Patrick Mahomes didn’t stick to one sport, making him a prime example for multisport youths (Yahoo Sports)
The Hottest Player in College Basketball Is Named Sabrina (Wall Street Journal)
Say Hello to the New Guard of Elite Quarterbacks Reshaping the NFL (The Ringer)
Linsanity, A Botched Headline And An ESPN Editor’s Journey To The Priesthood (WBUR.org)
Half a century later, Jack Scheuer, the Palestra’s all-time leading scorer finds his place courtside (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
Magic Johnson, Wynton Marsalis, Adam Silver among luminaries who memorialize David Stern (USA Today)
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Sports Doing Good Newsletter, #329
Jan. 12 – Jan. 25, 2020