Aug. 1 – Aug. 14, 2021
Welcome to issue three hundred and seventy of the Sports Doing Good newsletter. This week’s 10 stories include:
1. There are 11,656 athletes at the Olympics. Guy Fraser wanted them all on Wikipedia (The Guardian)
2. The Music Keeping Team USA Pumped (Rolling Stone)
3. Ohio’s Jason Preston Is Inspiring Hoopers And Fans Alike (SLAM)
4. These Black Women Athletes Are Investing In Tech To Close The Gender Pay Gap. Here’s Why (Essence)
5. The strange 19th-Century sport that was cooler than football (BBC)
6. What I Learned From Watching Every Sport At The Tokyo Olympics (NPR)
7. Sod Poodles, Yard Goats and Trash Pandas, Oh My (New York Times)
8. In a Field in Iowa, the White Sox Delivered a Hollywood Ending (New York Times)
9. Breanna Stewart’s basketball resume just got a little wilder with the Storm’s WNBA Commissioner’s Cup win (USA Today)
10. Lemoore’s Jerome Avery Inspires The World While Serving As Guide Runner (Fresno Sports)
Children’s Bill of Rights in Sports — The Aspen Institute Project Play
Tokyo 2020 Games Welcome Record Number of LGBTQ Athletes (Beyond Sport)
Olympian Kelsey Robinson reveals mental management techniques (NAYS)
Being an Asian athlete (Sport and Dev)
Every girl’s choice for a future of her own (Sport and Dev)
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!
COVID | Young Girls Say No to Forced Child Marriage, Say Yes to Football Instead | Mojo Documentary (The Mojo)
How borrowed cab fare turned into a gold medal, and the runner’s quest to find his benefactor (Goodable)
Jerry Manuel is on a mission to bring Black culture back to baseball (ESPN)
Despite the ongoing impact of the pandemic, some sports-related traditions have, thankfully, continued. We just had a wonderful Olympic Games and will be blessed with the Paralympic Games in short order. (More on that later.)
Another tradition is the announcing and then the induction of a sport’s Hall of Fame class. This stands out most prominently in pro baseball, basketball, and football, though most sports rightly take time out to acknowledge their greatest athletes and contributors to the sport. Just recently, the NFL inducted their 2020 and 2021 classes. Amongst the contributor class was former commissioner Paul Tagliabue. https://www.georgetown.edu/news/man-of-the-century-pro-football-hall-of-fame-honors-paul-tagliabue/
As a college student who had visions of working in sports business, but not knowing anyone in that world, or even in the broader world of business, I wanted to have someone to look up to. I knew the names of most of the top sports business executives, but so what, I did not have any connection to them. Being in the world of sports was as distant as ever for me. However, in 1989, during my sophomore year at Georgetown, 1962 Georgetown graduate Paul Tagliabue was named Commissioner of the NFL. I was, as we said back in the day, “so psyched” that he got the job. I, of course, did not know Tagliabue but he was a Hoya, and so was I. That was a connection, one that would be replicated dozens of times in my lifetime with other Hoyas (e.g., Joe Leccese, Tim Brosnan, Ted Leonsis, Mark Abbott, Molly Solomon, Joe Pierce, Alec Scheiner), that gave me a touchpoint in the industry and the confidence to pursue my goal of being an impact contributor.
I have had the good fortune of meeting the Commissioner multiple times, including at Georgetown alumni events, and hearing him speak at those events and other events. One of the other events was in 2014, when he was honored by the great sports non-profit, Up2Us Sports. After the event, I asked the founder of Up2Us, fellow Georgetown alum Paul Caccamo, for a “Hoya pic” with the Commissioner. Instead, Paul took my phone and got the Commissioner and one of my favorite Jet players ever, Curtis Martin, to bookend me in a photo.
I love the picture and am grateful these guys took a moment to memorialize the night. While I don’t know what it is like to be in a Hall of Fame, I surely know what it is like to be in a Hall of Fame picture as both men have now been enshrined in Canton.
Finally, I want to get back to the Paralympic Games and highlight a fantastic documentary that captures the power of the bond between athletes and their partners in training and competition. “The Invisible Bond” can be found at https://olympics.com/en/films/watch/the-invisible-bond-documentary. I HIGHLY recommend it.
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There are 11,656 athletes at the Olympics. Guy Fraser wanted them all on Wikipedia (The Guardian)
The Music Keeping Team USA Pumped (Rolling Stone)
Ohio’s Jason Preston Is Inspiring Hoopers And Fans Alike (SLAM)
These Black Women Athletes Are Investing In Tech To Close The Gender Pay Gap. Here’s Why (Essence)
The strange 19th-Century sport that was cooler than football (BBC)
What I Learned From Watching Every Sport At The Tokyo Olympics (NPR)
Sod Poodles, Yard Goats and Trash Pandas, Oh My (New York Times)
In a Field in Iowa, the White Sox Delivered a Hollywood Ending (New York Times)
Breanna Stewart’s basketball resume just got a little wilder with the Storm’s WNBA Commissioner’s Cup win (USA Today)
Lemoore’s Jerome Avery Inspires The World While Serving As Guide Runner (Fresno Sports)
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Sports Doing Good Newsletter #370
Aug. 1 – Aug. 14, 2021