Oct. 31 – Nov. 13, 2021
Welcome to issue three hundred and seventy-six of the Sports Doing Good newsletter. This week’s 10 stories include:
1. New York City Marathon Returns With Fanfare and Optimism (New York Times)
2. In Philadelphia Schools, Students and Teachers Log Miles Together (Runner’s World)
3. Nuggets’ Aaron Gordon and his mother are determined to bring diversity to the tech world (The Undefeated)
4. Every fan matters: How sports can build hybrid experiences that empower everyone (SportsBusiness Journal)
5. Guinness World Record at Los Angeles Marathon awaits Jocelyn Rivas, after 2,620 incredible miles (ESPN)
6. The longest winning streak in men’s college basketball belongs to … Yeshiva University (ESPN)
7. Freedom through fitness: This CNN Hero’s formula keeps former offenders from returning to prison (with video) (CNN)
8. How One Organization Uses Sports to Integrate Military Members Into Their Communities (SI)
9. Browns cornerback Greg Newsome II is no rookie to giving back (The Undefeated)
10. Gamecock holograms? Why Dawn Staley, Aliyah Boston are sliding into the ‘metaverse’
Reshaping Sport and Development campaign (Sport and Dev)
Coaches Destiny, Nancy and Gaby are Changing the Game for LA Youth (Up2Us Sports)
“We believe in something greater than our own impact” (Common Goal)
Fit for Life: using sport to drive health, education and equality outcomes (UNESCO)
OP-ED: How sport can support the climate change movement (Sport Industry Group)
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 ETCs with Kevin Durant (guest: Charles Barkley)
SC Featured: Kamaru Usman returns home (ESPN)
Goizueta Effect podcast – Sports Fandom: Diehard or Dying?
This edition of the newsletter is going out on Wednesday morning, Nov. 17, instead of Sunday, Nov. 14, which makes it three days late. But I have a good excuse! I was enjoying myself in a friend and sports-filled weekend in Tallahassee, Florida. That’s right, Tallahassee, which if you are a sports fan, means some Florida State University athletics. I had the good fortune of seeing a classic rivalry game between the Seminoles and the University of Miami Hurricanes football teams. While both teams are looking to rekindle their past football glory, when it came to this game, they were already there. The stands were packed, the band was loud, and the football was exciting. I was there with great friends, which made is a true “sports doing good” moment for me.
I also had the opportunity to watch the number 1 ranked Florida State women’s soccer team in their first round NCAA tournament game. Again, stands were full and the game was fun. With great weather present throughout the weekend, I could not ask for anything more. Hence, the late newsletter. ?
While in Tallahassee, one of the topics of conversation that came up was all the new technology out there, and how some of it was making its way into various areas of the world of sports. Frankly, it is a bit overwhelming for me. Some of it I tend to shy away from, some I see true value in. One such technology was featured in one of the main stories this week in the newsletter. In our last story, we highlight a great effort involving University of South Carolina women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley and star player Aliyah Boston in which holograms were used to help them get out the message about the importance of youth being vaccinated for COVID-19.
In addition to the explicit public health message, the underlying message of the hologram effort was that technology is not to be feared but it definitely needs to be understood so that it can help promote that which is positive in sports and life in general. Great job by Kathleen Hessert, Cathy Hackl, and the folks at South Carolina.
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New York City Marathon Returns With Fanfare and Optimism (New York Times)
In Philadelphia Schools, Students and Teachers Log Miles Together (Runner’s World)
Nuggets’ Aaron Gordon and his mother are determined to bring diversity to the tech world (The Undefeated)
Every fan matters: How sports can build hybrid experiences that empower everyone (SportsBusiness Journal)
Guinness World Record at Los Angeles Marathon awaits Jocelyn Rivas, after 2,620 incredible miles (ESPN)
The longest winning streak in men’s college basketball belongs to … Yeshiva University (ESPN)
Freedom through fitness: This CNN Hero’s formula keeps former offenders from returning to prison (with video) (CNN)
How One Organization Uses Sports to Integrate Military Members Into Their Communities (SI)
Browns cornerback Greg Newsome II is no rookie to giving back (The Undefeated)
Gamecock holograms? Why Dawn Staley, Aliyah Boston are sliding into the ‘metaverse’ (The State)
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