Dec. 26, 2021 – Jan. 8, 2022
Welcome to issue three hundred and eighty of the Sports Doing Good newsletter. This week’s 10 stories include:
1. Rick Flick Lost His Son. At Cincinnati, He Found New Purpose. (Sports Illustrated)
2. A Different Kind of Globetrotting: How the NBA Made Inroads in India (Adweek)
3. The NFL’s First Real Foray Overseas, 30 Years Later (Sports Illustrated)
4. She Spent Her Life Fighting for Equity for Women in Sports (New York Times)
5. Shark Tank meets NBA: A look inside league’s initiative to use technology to improve product (USA Today)
6. Arsenal will wear white kit in FA Cup in initiative to combat knife crime (BBC Sport)
7. Paul Barry, the Cambridge fan turned owner whose mum still watches at 85 (The Guardian)
8. Justin Simmons connects with anti-bullying message of ‘Speak Life: The Musical’ (ESPN)
9. NLL Unites Week 6 Leaguewide Initiative (NLL)
10. Mueller Following His Childhood Dream (Hibernian FC)
The Beyond Sport Team Reflects on 2021 (Beyond Sport)
Sport for refugee self-reliance (Sport and Dev)
Keeping the Olympic Truce spirit alive all year long (Peace and Sport)
Laureus partners with Foot locker, Inc. (Laureus)
Coaches’ Corner #5: Keith Bodden (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!
Michigan’s David Ojabo’s special journey from Nigeria to Scotland to Ann Arbor (ESPN)
Revolutionizing Sports through Analytics w/ Davyeon Ross (CUSP)
There are no restrictions for me when it comes to including stories in the newsletter, other than the stories involving something “good,” of course. But no limit on subject matter, place, time (mostly focused on the present, honestly), and certainly no restriction on location. The world is a “good” place and I love finding stories that broaden my perspective on sports.
This week we include stories that involve the NBA and India, the NFL’s first major foray into Europe (with the World League in 1991), English Premier league team Arsenal, a U.S. based owner of an English football team, and a young footballer from the U.S. getting his chance to shine in Scotland.
Sports are very much local and global, simultaneously. That is one of its special characteristics. We can claim ownership of our local team(s), e.g., New York Knicks, New York Mets, but also find community with fans in Japan who may also cheer for Real Madrid or Barcelona.
This local/global trait is a strength for sports and something that should be cultivated. It’s fine that the NBA is driven by business interests in India, if it is also helping to build the sport at the grassroots level around the country. It is a give and take, and that makes sense. When we lose sight of that and it mostly is about the “take,” we miss out on witnessing the ways sports can really impact the world.
2022 is going to be a “global” year with the Winter Olympics taking place in Beijing next month and the FIFA World Cup taking place in the latter part of the year. I encourage you to tune into those events to see athletes from all around the world compete for individual and national glory. That is something that makes sports more than good. It makes them great.
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Rick Flick Lost His Son. At Cincinnati, He Found New Purpose. (Sports Illustrated)
A Different Kind of Globetrotting: How the NBA Made Inroads in India (Adweek)
The NFL’s First Real Foray Overseas, 30 Years Later (Sports Illustrated)
She Spent Her Life Fighting for Equity for Women in Sports (New York Times)
Shark Tank meets NBA: A look inside league’s initiative to use technology to improve product (USA Today)
Arsenal will wear white kit in FA Cup in initiative to combat knife crime (BBC Sport)
Paul Barry, the Cambridge fan turned owner whose mum still watches at 85 (The Guardian)
Justin Simmons connects with anti-bullying message of ‘Speak Life: The Musical’ (ESPN)
NLL Unites Week 6 Leaguewide Initiative (NLL)
Mueller Following His Childhood Dream (Hibernian FC)
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