Nov. 14 – Nov. 27, 2021
Welcome to issue three hundred and seventy-seven of the Sports Doing Good newsletter. This week’s 10 stories include:
1. Underdog No More, a Deaf Football Team Takes California by Storm (New York Times)
2. In the Throws of Change (SI)
3. These ‘experts’ once said women couldn’t play football. Boy were they wrong. (Popular Science)
4. Peloton’s Tunde Oyeneyin Partners with Nike to Bring More Women and Girls Into Sports (Shape)
5. An Indigenous Women’s Softball Team Beats Opponents, and Machismo (New York Times)
6. Iraq War veteran Will ‘Akuna’ Robinson is the trailblazing superstar of thru-hiking (ESPN)
7. Why Giannis Antetokounmpo Chose the Path of Most Resistance (GQ)
8. Stephen Curry is remaking his Curry Brand with new tech and designs beyond basketball (The Undefeated)
9. How Black Women Coaches Are Pushing Forward Together In Women’s College Hoops (Global Sport Matters)
10. FIS President Eliasch promises more initiatives to help combat climate change (Inside the Games)
Beyond Sport United 2021 focuses on leadership in a changing world (Beyond Sport)
IOC releases Framework on Fairness, Inclusion and Non-discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sex variations (IOC)
Action research for inclusion: Migrant and refugee women in sports (Sport and Dev)
Peacemakers Project?: Assesing the results after 6 months of implementation (Peace and Sport)
Keep Girls In Sport (Up2Us Sports)
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!
My ESPNW Experience | Pakistani Athlete in US | Samar Khan (ESPNW)
Administrative Leadership and Guidance for Athletes (podcast) (Culture in Sports)
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday break and had an opportunity to see family and friends. There certainly was no shortage of sports taking place over the past 5 days.
As we enter the holiday season, I would like to extend an opportunity to all readers of the Sports Doing Good newsletter to shop the Love Equals website – www.loveequals.net – and use the discount code SDG for 20% off on your purchase ($50 min). We have a great selection of sport-related shirts, some of which you may want to pick up in time for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games and the 2022 World Cup (c’mon US men!!).
Much of what drives my ultimate decision to select particular articles is the idea of the “underdog.” I love reading about those who are not expected to achieve anything great, for whatever reason. Maybe it was lack of capacity, or lack of access. Whatever it is, seeing an individual or team achieve their goals is uplifting, and certainly qualifies as being something “good.”
This week we have a number of stories that touch upon the concept of the underdog, including the first story, which goes ahead and uses “underdog” in the title of the article. This terrific article, with some really excellent photographs, is certainly uplifting and gives you a new favorite team to root for. Another article chronicles another group not expected to play football, or be that good at it, and that group was women. This history lesson, captured in the book “Hail Mary: The Rise and Fall of the National Women’s Football League,” is one that should be heeded as we move forward with more opportunities for girls and women in football and other endeavors. And finally, I include stories including two guys who are in no way seen as underdogs today, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Steph Curry, but held that position early in their respective careers.
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Underdog No More, a Deaf Football Team Takes California by Storm (New York Times)
In the Throws of Change (SI)
These ‘experts’ once said women couldn’t play football. Boy were they wrong. (Popular Science)
Peloton’s Tunde Oyeneyin Partners with Nike to Bring More Women and Girls Into Sports (Shape)
An Indigenous Women’s Softball Team Beats Opponents, and Machismo (New York Times)
Iraq War veteran Will ‘Akuna’ Robinson is the trailblazing superstar of thru-hiking (ESPN)
Why Giannis Antetokounmpo Chose the Path of Most Resistance (GQ)
Stephen Curry is remaking his Curry Brand with new tech and designs beyond basketball (The Undefeated)
How Black Women Coaches Are Pushing Forward Together In Women’s College Hoops (Global Sport Matters)
FIS President Eliasch promises more initiatives to help combat climate change (Inside the Games)
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Sports Doing Good Newsletter #377
Nov. 14 – Nov. 27, 2021