April 26 – May 9, 2020
Welcome to issue three hundred and thirty-seven of the Sports Doing Good newsletter. This week’s 10 stories include:
1. The exquisite pain that changed my life: How college football turned me into a lifelong traveler (CNN.com)
2. Ogonna: 2-Time Volleyball Olympian Turned Surgeon (TeamUSA.org)
3. From Fields to Field Hospitals (ESPN)
4. A Blocker Moves to the Pandemic’s Front Line (SI.com)
5. Spanish soccer league delays Covid-19 tests for players, who ask that health workers be prioritized (CNN.com)
6. How Nike is striking the right tone with its response to Covid-19 (Econsultancy)
7. The Meaning Behind Crests: Man United’s Red Devil, Panathinaikos’s Shamrock and More (SI.com)
8. From LA to Halifax, baseball to lacrosse, new engagement tools bringing value to fans, brands, teams (TMR.com)
9. Coronavirus sidelined youth sports — and I’m secretly happy about it (Rochester City Newspaper)
10. The Invisible Boy Who Became Mr. Invincible (Narratively)
While Hoops Are Taken Down, PeacePlayers Brooklyn Building Communities Back Up
Beyond Sport Workshop Week – a virtual experience like no other (Beyond Sport)
Under Armour Donates €1M of Sportswear to Hospital Staff (Beyond Sport)
Coaching During COVID-19: Tips and Resources (Up2Us Sports)
In the XFL, We Were All on a Mission (by P.J. Walker) (The Players Tribune)
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.
You Can Be Anything (by Aly Raisman) (The Players’ Tribune)
These Brothers Conquer Ironmans as a Team (Great Big Story)
We have joined the world of Instagram! I know, a little late. But we’re there. (I might need some more time for TikTok though). 🙂 On Instagram we are @sportsdoinggood and as a reminder, our Twitter handle is @sportsdoinggood and on Facebook we are at www.facebook.com/sportsdoinggood.
During difficult times like these, we should as Mister Rogers said, “look for the helpers.” And what we have seen over the past few months is that the helpers are definitely there. We are talking about doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, EMTs, med techs, delivery people, grocery store workers, garbage persons, police and firepersons, etc. The helpers are also those who acknowledge these frontline folks. My days are now punctuated at 7pm each night with whistles, cheers, banging pots and pans, etc. Yes, credit goes to those who not only look for the helpers, but also acknowledges them as well. Hopefully this type of love will continue post-pandemic as well.
We lead with this discussion because sports folks in their own ways are also trying to help each other and all of us get through this. Many are staying active on social media and via videoconferencing to stay in touch with fans. Others are lending their voice to encourage all of us to stay at home, stay safe, and let the frontline workers do what they do. And we do have multiple examples of current and former athletes actually on the frontline right now. Two of our stories this week speak to such wonderful individuals, Drs. Ogonna Nnamani Silva and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif. Please take a look at these two stories.
The other stories we are happy to feature this week include: one fan’s sometimes tortured love affair with her favorite college football team; how our temples to sport are now being used to help take care of the sick during the pandemic; a wonderful gesture by some of Spain’s best athletes in support of frontline workers; how Nike, like other companies, is finding ways to contribute directly and indirectly to the fight against coronavirus; the stories behind the crests on some of the world’s most famous football jerseys; how teams and leagues are finding new ways to engage with fans that are likely to continue when we settle into a “new normal;” a parent’s take on how youth sports can take this break in activity to reevaluate itself and do better for the kids involved; and the compelling story of Gilbert Alaskadi and lessons for all of us about perseverance and commitment.
And please, don’t forget the stories we include in our 10+ and video section above. Great stories there as well.
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The exquisite pain that changed my life: How college football turned me into a lifelong traveler (CNN.com)
Ogonna: 2-Time Volleyball Olympian Turned Surgeon (TeamUSA.org)
From Fields to Field Hospitals (ESPN)
A Blocker Moves to the Pandemic’s Front Line (SI.com)
Spanish soccer league delays Covid-19 tests for players, who ask that health workers be prioritized
How Nike is striking the right tone with its response to Covid-19 (Econsultancy)
The Meaning Behind Crests: Man United’s Red Devil, Panathinaikos’s Shamrock and More (SI.com)
From LA to Halifax, baseball to lacrosse, new engagement tools bringing value to fans, brands, teams (TMR.com)
Coronavirus sidelined youth sports — and I’m secretly happy about it (Rochester City Newspaper)
The Invisible Boy Who Became Mr. Invincible (Narratively)
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Sports Doing Good Newsletter, #337
April 26 – May 9, 2020