March 8 – March 21, 2020
Welcome to issue three hundred and thirty-three of the Sports Doing Good newsletter. This week’s 10 stories include:
1. When Sports Stopped (Sports Illustrated)
2. Athletes, Teams Pledging to Pay Arena Employees During Coronavirus Shutdown (Sports Illustrated)
3. Over 75 Pro Athletes Come Together in 36 Hours for Coronavirus Fundraiser (Adweek)
4. Despite tornado and coronavirus, Donelson Christian Academy softball claims it’s the ‘luckiest’ team around (ESPN)
5. CJ McCollum will still be grinding during NBA’s suspended season (The Undefeated)
6. At the Iditarod, ‘they do a very good job of social distancing’ (Washington Post)
7. In review – Leaders Meet: Diversity; Women In Sport (Leaders in Sport)
8. Inside the Athletic: the start-up that changed journalism forever (GQ)
9. Charles Barkley is Auctioning Off His Award ‘Clutter’ to Fund Affordable Housing in His Hometown (Good News Network)
10. Minnesota Lynx star Maya Moore helps overturn conviction for innocent Missouri man (CBSSports)
Using the Power of Sport to “Lift Peace Up”! (Peace and Sport)
Helping Youth Athletes Cope with Shutdown from COVID-19 (NCYS)
Olympic Games to Become “Climate Positive” from 2030 (Beyond Sport)
Avoiding pitfalls in sport: Disability inclusion, gender equity and peacebuilding (Sport and Dev)
To the Women of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (by Victoria Albuquerque)
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.
The Real Oksana Masters (by Oksana Masters) (The Players’ Tribune)
This Sprinter Wants to be the First American Amputee in the Olympics (Great Big Story)
Wow. It is an incredible understatement to say that the two-week period since the last newsletter on March 7 has been newsworthy. We are in a crisis situation, experiencing a pandemic the likes of which has not been seen in over 100 years. EVERYTHING is being impacted. One area, an area with incredible popularity and reach, is sports. Starting with the NBA, we have seen every major and minor sports league either postpone their season or go even further and end the current campaign. Who could have imagined a situation in which you could not see a sporting event, e.g. on ESPN, at any time during the day? This is surely a “new day” for all of us.
The newsletter this week is not all about Covid-19 but we do proudly feature stories that speak to some of the wonderful acts that have been undertaken by athletes and others in the world of sport to help deal with the pandemic, e.g. scores of athletes who are donating money to causes fighting the virus or giving money that will go towards supporting the literally thousands and thousands of part-time workers who work in the sports events business. (Think about the last pro game you went to and how many people you interacted. Basically, all of those people are out of work for the foreseeable future.)
So what do we do in a situation like this? Well first, we listen to the experts, e.g. the CDC, doctors, nurses and those schooled in the areas of viruses and illness. Second, we think of others who may be impacted in more significant ways than us. Those that are vulnerable health-wise, financially, are food insecure, or need to balance working with child-care they can’t afford. This could be our next-door neighbor or a stranger on the other side of the country. The needs are many and we need to work together to address them. And sports entities, no surprise, are stepping up. And I am confident that their contributions will continue when we finally get to that “new normal,” whenever that is.
The stories we are happy to feature this week include: how the world of sports did come to a halt; teams and players providing financial support to arena workers; a fundraiser involving more than 75 athletes that aims to bring awareness to the virus, ways to deal with it, and money to support those in need; the fighting spirit of the Donelson Christian Academy softball team; how NBA star CJ McCollum of the Portland Trailblazers will keep busy during this break in the season; the Iditarod, a legendary sporting event, that has been able to continue due to the very “social distancing” nature of the event; leadership lessons and next steps for progress when it comes to women in sports business; sports media company The Athletic and its impact on the industry; fundraising activity by Hall of Fame basketball player and current commentator Charles Barkley to support affordable housing in his hometown in Alabama; and an update on the amazing story of how Minnesota Lynx star Maya Moore helped overturn a conviction for an innocent Missouri man.
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When Sports Stopped (Sports Illustrated)
Athletes, Teams Pledging to Pay Arena Employees During Coronavirus Shutdown (Sports Illustrated)
Over 75 Pro Athletes Come Together in 36 Hours for Coronavirus Fundraiser (Adweek)
Despite tornado and coronavirus, Donelson Christian Academy softball claims it’s the ‘luckiest’ team around (ESPN)
CJ McCollum will still be grinding during NBA’s suspended season (The Undefeated)
At the Iditarod, ‘they do a very good job of social distancing’ (Washington Post)
In review – Leaders Meet: Diversity; Women In Sport (Leaders in Sport)
Inside the Athletic: the start-up that changed journalism forever (GQ)
Charles Barkley is Auctioning Off His Award ‘Clutter’ to Fund Affordable Housing in His Hometown (Good News Network)
Minnesota Lynx star Maya Moore helps overturn conviction for innocent Missouri man (CBSSports)
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March 8 – March 21, 2020