July 5 – July 18, 2020
Welcome to issue three hundred and forty-two of the Sports Doing Good newsletter. This week’s 10 stories include:
1. ‘Definition of a leader’: How Thunder guard Chris Paul has guided Players Association through turbulent times (The Oklahoman)
2. Meet Alex Kline, Knicks’ 26-year-old scout with makings of front-office star (New York Post)
3. #Sport4Recovery aims to unite stakeholders and push for sport’s safe return (SportBusiness)
4. Women’s Roller Derby Has a Plan for Covid, and It Kicks Ass (Wired)
5. Maybe Colleges Should Be Adding Sports, Not Dropping Them (Sportico)
6. An Unlikely Source of Catharsis for a Black M.L.B. Player: Social Media (New York Times)
7. Simone Biles on Overcoming Abuse, the Postponed Olympics, and Training During a Pandemic (Vogue)
8. Dhane Smith, NLL’s first black MVP, went unacknowledged. Here’s why it matters (Buffalo News)
9. She Found Her Voice in a W.N.B.A. Locker Room, Then Used It in Sweden (New York Times)
10. Antonio Argüelles, the grandfather who swam from Northern Ireland to Scotland (The Guardian)
Launch of first online global course on sport and the Sustainable Development Goals (Sport and Dev)
Coaches: Six Reasons (And More!) To Discuss Anti-Racism With Your Team (Positive Coaching Alliance)
A Refugee No Longer (by Mujahed Aqlan) (The Players’ Tribune)
Three years of peace-through-sport activities in Zaatari refugee camp (Peace and Sport)
GWU Sports Philanthropy July Newsletter (GWU)
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.
Longboard Dancing With South Korea’s Skating Sensation (Great Big Story)
Over the past 7+ years of doing the Sports Doing Good newsletter, I have rarely featured a non-sports figure in the Introduction or even amongst the stories. That shouldn’t be surprising as it is Sports Doing Good. I felt compelled, however, this week to acknowledge John Lewis, who passed away on Friday from cancer.
Many of you are familiar with Mr. Lewis, a champion for civil rights and a U.S. congressman from Georgia. I hesitated to use the word legend or icon, not because he was not those things. He was. But because when people hear those words it sometimes gives the impression that the person was not actually real, that we are speaking of a fictional character. However, Mr. Lewis was real and so was his impact, an impact that will surely continue after his passing.
I learned a lot more of Rep. Lewis over the past two years after the law school I attended, Emory University School of Law, endowed a professorship in his name. Rep. Lewis was someone who I never got tired of reading about. Reading about him was not an exercise in just learning about him, it was an exercise in learning about America, our history, the good and the bad. He was, as people are wont to say, “the real deal.” He was at historical events. More than that, he was a key figure in those events, e.g. the March on Washington in 1963. For 60 years, Mr. Lewis talked the talked and he famously, and literally, walked the walk.
Mr. Lewis and his fight for justice and rights for all Americans, have always been relevant. Why? Because the fight has never ended. We know that. The past few months are a stark reminder of that fight. Ironically, the word “fight” for Mr. Lewis was not about a physical battle. It was about a moral, ethical, and spiritual one. He was committed to a non-violent approach from day one. And that is another reason why he was so respected. He was consistent in his goals and his method.
While Mr. Lewis was not a sports figure, I think you can see how he does fit in with Sports Doing Good, especially the “doing good” part. I hope that those in sport, at all levels and in all roles, honor Mr. Lewis by continuing to strive to help this industry, this country, fulfill our magnificent potential.
If you need further inspiration to learn about Rep. Lewis, please watch the new documentary film about him entitled, “Good Trouble.” https://www.johnlewisgoodtrouble.com/
Of course, I am fortunate to once again to be able to share with you a collection of great stories in this week’s Sports Doing Good newsletter. I think you will see elements of Mr. Lewis’ life in almost all of them.
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‘Definition of a leader’: How Thunder guard Chris Paul has guided Players Association through turbulent times (The Oklahoman)
Meet Alex Kline, Knicks’ 26-year-old scout with makings of front-office star (New York Post)
#Sport4Recovery aims to unite stakeholders and push for sport’s safe return (SportBusiness)
Women’s Roller Derby Has a Plan for Covid, and It Kicks Ass (Wired)
Maybe Colleges Should Be Adding Sports, Not Dropping Them (Sportico)
An Unlikely Source of Catharsis for a Black M.L.B. Player: Social Media (New York Times)
Simone Biles on Overcoming Abuse, the Postponed Olympics, and Training During a Pandemic (Vogue)
Dhane Smith, NLL’s first black MVP, went unacknowledged. Here’s why it matters (Buffalo News)
She Found Her Voice in a W.N.B.A. Locker Room, Then Used It in Sweden (New York Times)
Antonio Argüelles, the grandfather who swam from Northern Ireland to Scotland (The Guardian)
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July 5 – July 18, 2020