Jan. 26 – Feb. 8, 2020
Welcome to issue three hundred and thirty of the Sports Doing Good newsletter. This week’s 10 stories include:
1. Their Son’s Heart Saved His Life. So He Rode 1,426 Miles to Meet Them. (Bicycling)
2. First woman to coach at Super Bowl determined not to be last (Peace and Sport)
3. Two sports, no problems for No. 2 basketball prospect Olivia Miles (ESPN)
4. The Accidental Marathoner and The Saga of the Borrowed Sneakers (Get Pocket)
5. Raising Ski Great Mikaela Shiffrin, and Finding Balance (New York Times)
6. Andy Reid’s Super Bowl LIV win is the capper on a Hall of Fame career for Chiefs coach (ESPN)
7. Love and Lhotse (SI)
8. Lewis Hamilton and Schumacher share a rare ability (The Guardian)
9. When black cowboys paraded through Harlem with Muhammad Ali (The Undefeated)
10. The Next Big Thing in Sports? Clothes That Give You Perfect Form (SportTechie)
Igniting the Imagination of Youth Athletes (by Kobe Bryant, Nov. 13, 2019) (NCYS)
Sport, an indispensable subject in the school of life (Peace and Sport)
It’s not just how you coach them, it’s how you treat them (NAYS)
Serena Williams Donates Prize Money to Australian Relief Efforts (Philanthropy Playmakers)
NFL Family Surpasses 300 Million Volunteer Minutes (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 All-Muslim Girls Basketball Team Is Crushing it On the Court (Great Big Story)
So … You Want the Real Story? The Real Sheryl Swoopes (The Players’ Tribune)
We wrote about loss in the special edition of the Sports Doing Good newsletter last week. The loss of nine lives and all that those individuals were poised to do. It was, and is, very hard to deal with.
A couple of stories this week also deal with loss but this time, takes us to the efforts of individuals to overcome that loss and to power on. In our first story we have the occasion of loss of life coupled with organ donation and subsequent recovery for at-risk patients. One of these beneficiaries, Mike Cohen, made a pledge to bike across the country to personally thank the family whose loss directly gave him another chance at life. The second article “Love and Lhotse” deals with two elite endurance athletes, Hilaree Nelson and Jim Morrison, who also experienced devastating loss in their life, only to find each other and then, after falling in love, committing themselves to climb one of the highest mountains in the world and then ski back down.
Many of us are attracted to sports because of the way they challenge us to try our best and to get better at something. This “path to greatness” that is being sought happens in different ways for different people, but one thing is common throughout, the effort needed to reach said goals.
The other stories we are happy to feature this week include: San Francisco 49ers offensive assistant Katie Sowers, who made history as the first woman to coach in the Super Bowl; elite high school student-athlete Olivia Miles; how Adrian Garcia went to watch his first marathon and ended up running most of it in borrowed sneakers; the special relationship between champion skier Mikaela Shiffrin and her dad; Super Bowl winning coach Andy Reid; the common trait between F1’s two greatest drivers ever, Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher; the seemingly unbelievable story of when black cowboys paraded through Harlem (with Muhammad Ali); and how technological advances in clothing may make us better at the sports we play.
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Their Son’s Heart Saved His Life. So He Rode 1,426 Miles to Meet Them. (Bicycling)
First woman to coach at Super Bowl determined not to be last (Peace and Sport)
Two sports, no problems for No. 2 basketball prospect Olivia Miles (ESPN)
The Accidental Marathoner and The Saga of the Borrowed Sneakers (Get Pocket)
Raising Ski Great Mikaela Shiffrin, and Finding Balance (New York Times)
Andy Reid’s Super Bowl LIV win is the capper on a Hall of Fame career for Chiefs coach (ESPN)
Love and Lhotse (SI)
Lewis Hamilton and Schumacher share a rare ability (The Guardian)
When black cowboys paraded through Harlem with Muhammad Ali (The Undefeated)
The Next Big Thing in Sports? Clothes That Give You Perfect Form (SportTechie)
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Sports Doing Good Newsletter, #330
Jan. 26 – Feb. 8, 2020