June 6 – June 19, 2021
Welcome to issue three hundred and sixty-six of the Sports Doing Good newsletter. This week’s 10 stories include:
1. Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti honors ex-GM Ozzie Newsome with $4M gift for scholarships at Maryland HBCUs (ESPN)
2. Kylian Mbappé the hero for new football fans who value players above clubs (The Guardian)
3. Dikembe Mutombo on the NBA doubling down on Africa: ‘They have the potential to grow anything’ (Yahoo Finance)
4. How Bogdan Bogdanovic Brought His Big-Play Ability From Europe to the NBA (The Ringer)
5. Laurie Hernandez and Katelyn Ohashi are striving to make gymnastics a more positive space (USA Today)
6. Lacrosse star pays tribute at Standing Buffalo Indigenous Peoples Day via Medicine Game (Global News)
7. Boston College student is believed to be the first turbaned Sikh to play D1 baseball (NBC News)
8. A Quiet Demonstration and a Long Shadow (New York Times)
9. Inside Jeff Green’s Long Road to Brooklyn (Sports Illustrated)
10. ESPN Reveals Finalists for the 2021 Sports Humanitarian Awards (ESPN)
Amplifying the Political Power of Athletes and Sport: Advancing a Sport for Justice Movement through Collective Action (Ali Center)
Juneteenth Should Be a Federal Holiday (by Mike Daniels) (The Players’ Tribune)
Coaches of the Year (Up2Us Sports)
Sport for the protection of displaced young people (Sport and Dev)
Join the Global Design Challenge for Sport and Physical Activity 2021 (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. And now we add podcasts!
Christian Pulisic – Becoming the Face of American Soccer | The Daily Show (YouTube)
10 Plays That Show Why Nikola Jokic Deserved to Win MVP (5280.com)
These Are the Best Sports Photos Captured Over the Past 25 Years (PetaPixel)
‘It changed my life’ – Liverpool’s tribute to Graham Carter (Facebook)
Thank you to ESPN, especially Kevin Martinez and Jennifer Paulett, for once again having the Sports Humanitarian Awards. I have seen the awards grow from its launch 7 years ago and am so impressed with the effort put in by Kevin and Jennifer and the entire team at ESPN. I also want to thank the wonderful judges I have been able to work over the years in undertaking the very difficult task of deciding between the great number of submissions detailing community-focused efforts. It is an honor and a privilege to learn about the array of activities that seek to address problems on a local, regional and national basis. Kudos to the athletes, teams, leagues, corporations, and non-profits who do this work. We are excited to see what comes next. You can learn about the 2021 Awards by checking out the tenth story in this week’s newsletter.
One result of the pandemic, amongst all of the negative, is that there has been an increase in the conversations about sport for development, sports and social change, and social justice. I applaud the many organizations who were able to rally and hold events virtually that were normally done in person. I also applaud those organizations which saw the opportunities in having people working from home but engaged online to further push their messages and efforts regarding making the world a better place through sports. While I am sure all of us are excited about the prospect of seeing each other in person at these events in 2021 and beyond, I do hope that we hold onto that spirit of sharing and inclusion when it comes to advancing the good in sports.
In the spirit of that idea, I want to make sure you are privy to a forum taking place this week, hosted by the great folks at the Muhammad Ali Center, Power of Sport Lab (Eli Wolff), and University of Louisville (Dr. Mary Hums). I hope you will join me to hear from leaders in sport address issues including but not limited to: voting rights, criminal justice reform, freedom of speech and protest, racial and gender equality, disability inclusion, and LGBT rights, and rights of children and youth.
Muhammad Ali Center Athletes and Social Change Forum, Thursday, June 24, 2021, 1pm – 4pm
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Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti honors ex-GM Ozzie Newsome with $4M gift for scholarships at Maryland HBCUs (ESPN)
Kylian Mbappé the hero for new football fans who value players above clubs (The Guardian)
Dikembe Mutombo on the NBA doubling down on Africa: ‘They have the potential to grow anything’ (Yahoo Finance)
How Bogdan Bogdanovic Brought His Big-Play Ability From Europe to the NBA (The Ringer)
Laurie Hernandez and Katelyn Ohashi are striving to make gymnastics a more positive space (USA Today)
Lacrosse star pays tribute at Standing Buffalo Indigenous Peoples Day via Medicine Game (Global News)
Boston College student is believed to be the first turbaned Sikh to play D1 baseball (NBC News)
A Quiet Demonstration and a Long Shadow (New York Times)
Inside Jeff Green’s Long Road to Brooklyn (Sports Illustrated)
ESPN Reveals Finalists for the 2021 Sports Humanitarian Awards (ESPN)
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Sports Doing Good Newsletter #366
June 6 – June 19, 2021