Welcome to week three hundred and fifty-one of the Sports Doing Good newsletter. This week’s 10 stories include:
- Chris Nikic, You Are an Ironman. And Your Journey Is Remarkable. (New York Times)
- Marlins make historic hire by appointing Ng first female GM (SportBusiness)
- This Muslim basketball player refused to take off her hijab, opening new doors for athletes of other faiths. (CNN)
- Mississippi State player proudly waves the state’s new Confederate-free flag on game day (Upworthy)
- Through the Groundskeepers, Virginia football team aims for lasting change in Charlottesville (ESPN)
- Brentford: The women of power at the club aiming to be ‘most inclusive in UK’ (BBC Sport)
- A former NBA executive is leading Napa’s businesses through crisis after crisis (NBCNews)
- When Ryan Reynolds Buys a Soccer Team, Dollars Await (Bloomberg)
- ‘Sport should reflect the society we live in’: Social justice and the case for adapting the field (SportsPro)
- It’s time to acknowledge Mike Tomlin as one of the great NFL coaches (The Guardian)
10+ The Value of Collective Impact: Lessons from Beyond Sport (UpMetrics)https://blog.upmetrics.com/the-value-of-collective-impact-lessons-from-beyond-sportInternational Paralympic Committee plans refugee team for Tokyo 2020 (Sport and Dev)https://www.sportanddev.org/en/article/news/international-paralympic-committee-plans-refugee-team-tokyo-2020Sport is a Right; a Right Set in Law (Peace and Sport)https://www.peace-sport.org/opinion/le-sport-est-un-droit-un-droit-inscrit-dans-les-textes/Serving During COVID-19: Coach Luke (Up2Us Sports)https://www.up2us.org/blog/2020/11/12/serving-during-covid-19-coach-lukeTechnique Has No Color (by Misty Copeland) (The Players’ Tribune)https://www.theplayerstribune.com/posts/misty-copeland-ballet-racism
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.
love.fútbol | Opportunity #morethanaplacetoplay (YouTube)https://youtu.be/ZrzRvZHFzus2020 Sport For Reduced Racial Inequalities Collective Impact Award Winners (YouTube)https://youtu.be/ppQgt9eKzsM
What does it mean to be the first at something? Well, for one, after it happens, when people look back years later, there is often celebration, joy, smiles, and overall good feelings. Of course, for the person breaking barriers, ceilings and stereotypes, the process before the ultimate feat can be long, frustrating, and even physically and mentally exhausting. Our first 3 stories this week highlight individuals who did in fact achieve something great, fulfilling their dreams despite the arduous struggles, proving to themselves and others that they should not be defined by their limits but rather their capabilities and possibilities. And in each of these stories we are also made aware of those family members, friends, colleagues, coaches and even total strangers who in their own ways were instrumental in making these dreams come true. Two of those first three stories enjoyed wide circulation in the past two weeks – Chris Nikic, being the first person with Down syndrome to complete the Ironman triathlon and Kim Ng, the first female to be named general manager in a major U.S. professional sport (MLB’s Miami Marlins). The third story, about Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir, is actually a follow-up for us as we featured this star basketball several years ago when she became the first woman to wear a hijab while playing NCAA Division I basketball. Bilqis’s own dream of professional basketball was scuttled due to a since-changed rule – much of it because of her hard work and lobbying – that head coverings of a size certain were not allowed by FIBA, the global governing body for basketball. But she has found a new calling as a coach and mentor (but we hold out hope she will take her sparkling hoops game to the professional ranks at long last). Finally, we want to point out a couple of enriching learning events, one that took place already and for which there is a recording, and another taking place in two weeks. First, “The Game Changers: The Struggle That Must Be,” hosted by the University of Houston features a conversation with legendary activist and scholar, Dr. Harry Edwards.https://uh.edu/infotech/services/streaming-media/events/valenti/gamechangersuh/index(the video starts at the 1-hour mark). The second is a virtual movie premiere presented by Hoops for Hope. “Hoops Africa: Ubuntu Matters,” will have a two-night premiere, December 5th and 6th. The premiere will be free of charge and include an expert panel discussion entitled “How Basketball Can Change the World”. http://hoopsafrica.org/movie/
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So enjoy. And have a good week.
Top Stories of the Week
Chris Nikic, You Are an Ironman. And Your Journey Is Remarkable. (New York Times) For full story, please click here.
Marlins make historic hire by appointing Ng first female GM (SportBusiness)For full story, please click here.T
his Muslim basketball player refused to take off her hijab, opening new doors for athletes of other faiths. (CNN)For full story, please click here.
Mississippi State player proudly waves the state’s new Confederate-free flag on game day (Upworthy) For full story, please click here.
Through the Groundskeepers, Virginia football team aims for lasting change in Charlottesville (ESPN) For full story, please click here.
Brentford: The women of power at the club aiming to be ‘most inclusive in UK’ (BBC Sport) For full story, please click here.
A former NBA executive is leading Napa’s businesses through crisis after crisis (NBCNews) For full story, please click here.
When Ryan Reynolds Buys a Soccer Team, Dollars Await (Bloomberg)For full story, please click here.‘
Sport should reflect the society we live in’: Social justice and the case for adapting the field (SportsPro) For full story, please click here.
It’s time to acknowledge Mike Tomlin as one of the great NFL coaches (The Guardian)For full story, please click here.
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Sarbjit “Sab” Singh
Associate Professor/ChairpersonSport Management DepartmentFarmingdale State College