Feb. 9 – Feb. 22, 2020
Welcome to issue three hundred and thirty-one of the Sports Doing Good newsletter. This week’s 10 stories include:
1. Donovan Clingan contends with basketball future, his late mother’s memory (ESPN)
2. Everton show the way by promoting community rather than gambling (The Guardian)
3. Why Athletes Need a ‘Quiet Eye’ (Pocket)
4. Rube Foster was the big man behind the first successful Negro baseball league (The Undefeated)
5. The Weekend When Jordan and the NBA Took Flight (The Ringer)
6. High school sports’ winningest coach, Joe Gilbert, and six decades of impact at Oklahoma’s Barnsdall (ESPN)
7. It’s an Investment, Yes. But for One Day, It’s a Time Machine. (New York Times)
8. Inside the Jordan Wings program and its impact in Chicago: ‘It has bigger implications than learning about making shoes (Chicago Tribune)
9. Madison Keys spreading kindness on and off the tennis court (ESPN)
10. Adidas celebrates modern-day Superstars in ‘Change Is a Team Sport’ campaign (The Drum)
‘United by Emotion’: Tokyo 2020 unveils Games motto (Peace and Sport)
UEFA & Disney Launch Program to get Girls into Football (Beyond Sport)
Where is My Mind (by Ben Gordon) (The Players’ Tribune)
More than football: Kurdish women win big with Syria title (Peace and Sport)
Embedding sport and play in international development (Sport and Dev)
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.
Bowie basketball player becomes legend (CBS Austin)
These Are How Public Basketball Hoops Are Made (Great Big Story)
Part of my motivation in doing the Sports Doing Good newsletter was to contribute to a change in how people viewed sports and viewed each other. That is, I was hoping, even if it was in a small way, to make things better. I assumed there were others out there with a similar drive and I was hoping to learn about and possibly work with them as well. Thankfully I was right.
If you are a regular reader of the newsletter, you know I get content from organizations such as Beyond Sport, Peace and Sport, Up2Us Sports, Sport and Dev, and media outlets such as ESPN, the New York Times, The Guardian, and a host of other sources. It is comforting to know that there are in fact, A LOT, of good happenings in and around sports. And I am encouraged when I learn about others who are coming into this space to make their own impact.
This week we highlight a story of one such effort by professional tennis star Madison Keys. Madison has launched “Kindness Wins.” According to the ESPN piece, “The nonprofit organization, which will have an active web and social media presence, looks to partner with other similarly minded groups, as well as recognizing, amplifying and providing grants and support to people who are making the world a better place.” Madison and her team have been in discussions with several other athletes and influencers who are interested in participating. We certainly support this effort, wish Madison the best, and hope that we have the opportunity to work together at some point to help spread “kindness” and “good” in the world.
The other stories we feature this week include: high school basketball star Donovan Clingan and his special basketball connection with his late mom; EPL side Everton taking a chance to promote its work in the community; a look at what some call an athlete’s “quiet eye;” baseball pioneer Rube Foster; the weekend 30 years ago when Michael Jordan and the NBA were launched into superstardom; high school coaching legend Joe Gilbert; the great joy, and sometimes pain, that comes with being a baseball card collector; the very cool design project Jordan Wings; and adidas’s new “Change Is a Team Sport” campaign.
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So, enjoy. And have a good week.
Donovan Clingan contends with basketball future, his late mother’s memory (ESPN)
Everton show the way by promoting community rather than gambling (The Guardian)
Why Athletes Need a ‘Quiet Eye’ (Pocket)
Rube Foster was the big man behind the first successful Negro baseball league (The Undefeated)
The Weekend When Jordan and the NBA Took Flight (The Ringer)
High school sports’ winningest coach, Joe Gilbert, and six decades of impact at Oklahoma’s Barnsdall (ESPN)
It’s an Investment, Yes. But for One Day, It’s a Time Machine. (New York Times)
Inside the Jordan Wings program and its impact in Chicago: ‘It has bigger implications than learning about making shoes (Chicago Tribune)
Madison Keys spreading kindness on and off the tennis court (ESPN)
Adidas celebrates modern-day Superstars in ‘Change Is a Team Sport’ campaign (The Drum)
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Sports Doing Good Newsletter, #331
Feb. 9 – Feb. 22, 2020