Feb. 23 – March 7, 2020
Welcome to issue three hundred and thirty-two of the Sports Doing Good newsletter. This week’s 10 stories include:
1. Vermont basketball’s Josh Speidel scores first points five years after traumatic brain injury (Washington Post)
2. Sabrina Ionescu Sets NCAA Record — Hours After Speaking At Bryant Memorial (NPR)
3. Champion Boxer Donated Entire $9 Million Purse From His Big Fight to House the Homeless (Good News Network)
4. Opinion: Don’t know Marlin Briscoe? Too bad. You owe him if you’re an NFL fan (USA Today)
5. How Kim Davis is pushing the NHL into diverse territory (ESPN)
6. Bucks’ Sterling Brown carries on legacy of late activist Fred Hampton: ‘It’s in his DNA’ (The Undefeated)
7. Rise above it or drown: How elite NBA athletes handle pressure (ESPN)
8. This Was Molly Seidel’s First Marathon. Her Next Will Be at the Olympics. (New York Times)
9. How Jocks and Mathletes Are Alike (Nautilus)
10. Archery Dodgeball Delivers Exactly What It Promises (Wall Street Journal)
Sport Addressing Gender Equality on International Women’s Day (Beyond Sport)
Barbie launches dolls to honour women sports stars (Peace and Sport)
The story of a water bottle: The real meaning of sports for an underprivileged girl in India (Sport and Dev)
Equal prize money for men and women in England’s Hundred (Peace and Sport)
CARE Launch #WomenEqual Campaign (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.
Refugee Hoops in America’s Heartland (Great Big Story)
A Letter to the Young Kylians (The Players’ Tribune)
I haven’t gone through the exercise of tagging all of the newsletters that have been done over the past seven years. Of course, keywords such as “inspiration,” perseverance,” “uplifting,” “triumph,” and even “tragedy,” would be among those used to identify the stories. Our first story this week captures all of those characteristics.
Josh Speidel, a big basketball recruit for the University of Vermont 5 years, ago, suffered a traumatic brain injury in a car accident before he ever got a chance to play for the team. After incredible effort by Josh and support from the program and family and friends, Josh had his triumphant moment this week as he started on Senior Day and scored the first basket, his first basket in college, for his team. I watched the video multiple times, and yes, in no particular order, shook my head, teared up, smiled, and pumped my fist. I will continue to do the newsletter to help even the most popular stories garner even just a little more attention.
The other stories we are happy to feature this week include: record-breaking college basketball star Sabrina Ionescu; a huge donation by heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury; legendary football player Marlin Briscoe; NHL executive vice president for social impact, growth initiatives and legislative affairs Kim Davis; the social activism of Milwaukee Bucks’ player Sterling Brown; how elite NBA athletes handle pressure; marathoner Molly Seidel, whose performance in her very first marathon qualified her for the Summer Olympics in Tokyo; the common traits of athletes and mathletes; and archery dodgeball (yes, that is correct, archery dodgeball). ?
Finally, I want to make you aware of a new funding opportunity for sports organizations – the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Sports Award
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Vermont basketball’s Josh Speidel scores first points five years after traumatic brain injury (Washington Post)
Sabrina Ionescu Sets NCAA Record — Hours After Speaking At Bryant Memorial (NPR)
Champion Boxer Donated Entire $9 Million Purse From His Big Fight to House the Homeless (Good News Network)
Opinion: Don’t know Marlin Briscoe? Too bad. You owe him if you’re an NFL fan (USA Today)
How Kim Davis is pushing the NHL into diverse territory (ESPN)
Bucks’ Sterling Brown carries on legacy of late activist Fred Hampton: ‘It’s in his DNA’ (The Undefeated)
Rise above it or drown: How elite NBA athletes handle pressure (ESPN)
This Was Molly Seidel’s First Marathon. Her Next Will Be at the Olympics. (New York Times)
How Jocks and Mathletes Are Alike (Nautilus)
Archery Dodgeball Delivers Exactly What It Promises (Wall Street Journal)
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Sports Doing Good Newsletter, #332
Feb. 23 – March 7, 2020