March 22 – March 28, 2020
Welcome to issue three hundred and thirty-four of the Sports Doing Good newsletter. This week’s 10 stories include:
1. NBA mobilizes during coronavirus outbreak to get the message out and provide funding, relief assistance (USA Today)
2. The Demands Tom Brady Had Once Joining The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Are Unbelievable (Barstool Sports)
3. Ronaldo financing Portuguese hospitals amid coronavirus pandemic (ESPN)
4. The Jewish Racing Driver Who Beat the Nazis (Road and Track)
5. Marble Racing Is the Sport That Can Save Us From Losing Our Marbles (Sports Illustrated)
6. Too tall, too short, too big: Athletes breaking body stereotypes (Global Sport Matters)
7. Bauer switches from making hockey equipment to medical gear (ESPN)
8. UNC Football on Tik Tok?! Why Making Kids Laugh is Important to the Program (SI)
9. To find the next LeBron James, use this test (ExpMag.com)
10. Jürgen Klopp says he cried when NHS staff sang You’ll Never Walk Alone (The Guardian)
Sport for solidarity (Sport and Dev)
Your Legacy Is Bigger than March (by Jonathan Isaac) (The Players’ Tribune)
Keeping Kids Active and Healthy During Quarantine (TrueSport)
Calling time on COVID-19 (Sport and Dev)
#SameTeam: A Note to Our Community (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.
The Middle East’s first female esports team debuts at Girl Gamer 2020 (CNN)
Watch Joe Buck Commentate Fans’ Twitter Videos During Sports Hiatus (Bleacher Report)
The last two years or so we have been on a once-every-two-weeks schedule for the newsletter. It seems to have been working out and I sensed no reason to change back to a weekly schedule. Well, that was before we were in a pandemic!
So, following the basic tenets of economic theory, supply and demand, we decided to put out another newsletter this week. Why? Well, we had the supply and based on feedback from last week, I sensed some extra demand for good news. And we aim to deliver.
So, please take your time in reviewing the 10 stories, the 5 additional stories in the “10+” section and two interesting and fun clips in our video section. Finally, to get you started, please take a loo here at a listing of some of the great work our friends at UNICEF USA are doing during this time to keep folks active and how their athlete partners are stepping up to help out during this trying time. Take care.
UNICEF USA Happenings
• Next week, the Detroit Pistons will be launching a workplace Kid Power challenge on Monday, encouraging all of their employees to remain active while at home, and apply their steps in the UNICEF Kid Power app to unlock packets of therapeutic food that get sent to malnourished children.
• Tomorrow, the NBA will be highlighting UNICEF and Kid Power on their social channels as a partner activating around COVID-19 and also included UNICEF as a trusted resource for information on their NBA Together Coronavirus page.
• Tomorrow, Pau Gasol, UNICEF Global Champion for Nutrition, will launch his DIY/How-To video in support of UNICEF’s digital learning and social distancing initiative #UCanLearn. UNICEF is committed to making sure every child around the world has an uninterrupted education and we want to thoughtfully use screen time as a brain break from the news cycle and to spread much needed joy. More athletes participating to be announced.
• Today, WWE announced that they are teaming up for UNICEF Kid Power at Home where students can complete Kid Power fitness and learning videos that will send therapeutic food packets to malnourished children around the world.
• Jeremy Lin donated $150K to UNICEF USA to support COVID-19 relief efforts. To date, UNICEF has delivered over 18 tons of medical supplies, beginning shipments even before COVID-19 was declared an international crisis. Jeremy is also fundraising on social.
o Articles: CBS Sports, NBC Sports, NY Post, LA Times, Bleacher Report, The Undefeated, Clutch Sports, FanSided, Dallas Morning News, Austin-American Statesman
• Coco Gauff launched a Facebook fundraiser for her birthday.
o Articles: Tennis Tonic, Tennis World USA, Sports Finding, Sportscasting
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So, enjoy. And have a good week.
NBA mobilizes during coronavirus outbreak to get the message out and provide funding, relief assistance (USA Today)
The Demands Tom Brady Had Once Joining The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Are Unbelievable (Barstool Sports)
Ronaldo financing Portuguese hospitals amid coronavirus pandemic (ESPN)
The Jewish Racing Driver Who Beat the Nazis (Road and Track)
Marble Racing Is the Sport That Can Save Us From Losing Our Marbles (Sports Illustrated)
Too tall, too short, too big: Athletes breaking body stereotypes (Global Sport Matters)
Bauer switches from making hockey equipment to medical gear (ESPN)
UNC Football on Tik Tok?! Why Making Kids Laugh is Important to the Program (SI)
To find the next LeBron James, use this test (ExpMag.com)
Jürgen Klopp says he cried when NHS staff sang You’ll Never Walk Alone (The Guardian)
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Sports Doing Good Newsletter, #334
March 22 – March 28, 2020