Sept. 5 – Sept. 18, 2021
Welcome to issue three hundred and seventy-two of the Sports Doing Good newsletter. This week’s 10 stories include:
1. Florida State quarterback McKenzie Milton proves he can do more than just play again — he can win (ESPN)
2. Abhinav Bindra Foundation illustrates how Olympic values can boost a nation in post-COVID world (The Bridge)
3. There were no losers in rare US Open Black men’s matchup (The Grio)
4. David Pocock leads 300 high-profile Australian athletes in climate campaign (The Guardian)
5. The Youngest King of Mountain Biking Is Now the Oldest, Too (WSJ)
6. Fernandez, 19, reaches US Open semis in epic win over Svitolina (USOpen.org)
7. Marvin Miller: The Late, Reluctant Hall of Fame Inductee (SI)
8. For American Men, U.S. Open Hints at Better Days Ahead (New York Times)
9. The All-Time Leading Scorer In Women’s College Basketball Is Finally Getting Her Due (FiveThirtyEight)
10. Utah Jazz All-Star Donovan Mitchell is Delivering $1M Assist to Teachers (Ebony)
Refugee Paralympians leave legacy of hope as Tokyo Games conclude (Sport and Dev)
An Honest Ending (by Paul Rabil) (The Players’ Tribune)
Sky Sports & Tottenham Hotspur partner on #GameZero (Beyond Sport)
There is something exceptional about table tennis (Sport and Dev)
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month With the Grassroot Project & Love.Futbol (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!
The Importance of Recess (Today Show)
Brandon Marshall Opens Up On Mental Health Issues & Importance Of Destroying Stigma | ALL THE SMOKE (YouTube)
Leylah Fernandez On-Court Interview | 2021 US Open Final (YouTube)
Faces of the 25 Years of Playworks (YouTube)
The push to retire Roberto Clemente’s No. 21 in MLB (ESPN)
The idea of sustainability carries multiple meanings. With respect to sports business and certainly sports fandom, we are pretty confident that our favorite leagues and teams will be around the next year (understandably, this is not always true with start-up leagues). This predictability encourages us to make that investment into an official Julius Randle Knicks jersey or season tickets for the New York Jets (seriously, those actually exist.)
In individual sports, our fandom is not guaranteed to last as long, certainly not over generations. But we still have our favorites – Serena and Venus Williams, Tiger Woods, Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal. But as we have seen with these legends, careers don’t last forever, with injuries being one of the main culprits. We need to see new stars emerge to raise the overall interest level in a particular sport.
What we saw at the most recent US Open tennis championship bodes well for the future of the sport, especially if you are a fan of U.S. players. It has been relatively quiet – outside Serena and a few moments for Sloane Stephens and a couple of others – for U.S. tennis on the women’s side and even quieter on the men’s side. While the sport has done well overall, it certainly would be helpful to have a U.S. player or two or three, that can regularly do well, especially in the Grand Slam events, to generate widespread interest. That is the sustainability we are talking about.
So shout out to young stars Leylah Fernandez and Emma Raducanu (neither American but certainly awesome ?) and Frances Tiafoe and Jenson Brooksby, both American. They made for a very fun and exciting tennis tournament. Tennis has had golden periods and will surely again, maybe with another one starting up right now. If so, we will definitely have a number of “good” stories to feature going forward.
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So, enjoy. And have a good week.
Florida State quarterback McKenzie Milton proves he can do more than just play again — he can win (ESPN)
Abhinav Bindra Foundation illustrates how Olympic values can boost a nation in post-COVID world (The Bridge)
There were no losers in rare US Open Black men’s matchup (The Grio)
David Pocock leads 300 high-profile Australian athletes in climate campaign (The Guardian)
The Youngest King of Mountain Biking Is Now the Oldest, Too (WSJ)
Fernandez, 19, reaches US Open semis in epic win over Svitolina (USOpen.org)
Marvin Miller: The Late, Reluctant Hall of Fame Inductee (SI)
For American Men, U.S. Open Hints at Better Days Ahead (New York Times)
The All-Time Leading Scorer In Women’s College Basketball Is Finally Getting Her Due (FiveThirtyEight)
Utah Jazz All-Star Donovan Mitchell is Delivering $1M Assist to Teachers (Ebony)
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