June 21 – July 4, 2020
Welcome to issue three hundred and forty-one of the Sports Doing Good newsletter. This week’s 10 stories include:
1. The Athlete Voice is surging – so why has it taken until 2020 for the dam to burst? (SportBusiness.com)
2. Wham-O Summer: Back to the Backyard (SI.com)
3. Arizona Coyotes’ Xavier Gutierrez, NHL’s first Latino CEO, positions himself to tap into coveted fan base (ESPN)
4. Muhammad Ali’s Principles are a Guide for the Athlete Humanitarian, Athlete Mentor and Athlete Activist (AliCenter.org)
5. Lewis Hamilton launches commission to push diversity in motorsport (ESPN.com)
6. The Legend of Ken Griffey Jr.: Ranking Top Plays, Moments That Defined ‘The Kid’ (Bleacher Report)
7. The Team That Set the Tone for the New NBA (Bleacher Report)
8. Jimmie Johnson emerges as organizing force in NASCAR’s drive for inclusion (Washington Post)
9. Why sports stadiums are suddenly full of cardboard fans (The Hustle)
10. 100th anniversary of Negro Leagues celebrated (MLB.com)
To My White Brothers and Sisters (Kevin-Prince Boateng) (The Player’s Tribune)
Step With Refugees: Creating a More Inclusive World (Sport for Humanity)
Think peace through Olympic values and sports (Peace and Sport)
Partnership with UNHCR to focus on sport and displacement (Sport and Dev)
The Barefoot League (Beyond Sport/Common Goal)
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.
Peter Norman’s silent heroism during the 1968 Olympics (ESPN)
Willy T. Ribbs, motorsport’s Black pioneer (CNN.com)
I’d like to start off by promoting an event taking place this week, the 2020 Ali Center Athletes and Social Change Forum. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ali-center-athletes-and-social-change-forum-tickets-104328368960
Like many events scheduled in the past few months and for the foreseeable future, the in-person event was shifted to a virtual format. But while the format may have changed, the conference maintains its place as a forum for powerful thoughts and valuable ideas. The forum takes place on Thursday and Friday, July 9 and 10. It is free registration and the theme this year is mentoring. You can find more information here: https://alicenter.org/programs/athletes-social-change/
As we navigate into the second half of 2020 – many consider, rightly so, the first half to be quite a terrible 6 months – we can’t and should not lose focus when it comes to dealing with societal and individual issues. The pandemic continues to confound communities, especially those that mistakenly jumped the gun and decided that strict adherence to mask-wearing and social distancing was no longer necessary. Leagues, sponsors, and broadcasters are getting closer to seeing pro sports come back in some fashion but questions remain for college and high school-level fall seasons.
What remains certain is that there continues to be positive things to highlight in the world of sports, including: the rising voices of athlete activists; memories of “backyard” sports and are being dusted off and reimagined in our modern time; a pioneering sports business executive who aims to tap into a vibrant local market to build his NHL team; how “The Greatest’s” principles are a guide for today’s athlete activist; F1 champion Lewis Hamilton putting together his own effort to study and push for more diversity in his sport; one of the all-time best baseball players, Ken Griffey, Jr.; the 2010 USA basketball team, whose members have helped redefine the sport over the past decade; another driving legend, NASCAR veteran Jimmie Johnson, also pushing for improvement in his sport around issues of diversity; the quirky emergence of cardboard faces in otherwise empty sports stadiums; and the celebration around the 100th anniversary of baseball’s Negro Leagues.
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The Athlete Voice is surging – so why has it taken until 2020 for the dam to burst? (SportBusiness.com)
Wham-O Summer: Back to the Backyard (SI.com)
Arizona Coyotes’ Xavier Gutierrez, NHL’s first Latino CEO, positions himself to tap into coveted fan base (ESPN)
Muhammad Ali’s Principles are a Guide for the Athlete Humanitarian, Athlete Mentor and Athlete Activist (AliCenter.org)
Lewis Hamilton launches commission to push diversity in motorsport (ESPN.com)
The Legend of Ken Griffey Jr.: Ranking Top Plays, Moments That Defined ‘The Kid’ (Bleacher Report)
The Team That Set the Tone for the New NBA (Bleacher Report)
Jimmie Johnson emerges as organizing force in NASCAR’s drive for inclusion (Washington Post)
Why sports stadiums are suddenly full of cardboard fans (The Hustle)
100th anniversary of Negro Leagues celebrated (MLB.com)
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Sports Doing Good Newsletter, #341
June 21 – July 4, 2020