Jan. 9 – Jan. 22, 2022
Welcome to issue three hundred and eighty-one of the Sports Doing Good newsletter. This week’s 10 stories include:
1. The Second Coming of Stephen Curry (GQ)
2. Erin Jackson will compete at Olympics after teammate Bowe gives up spot (video) (NBC Sports)
3. For Georgia football fans, a championship 41 years in the making and worth every minute (ESPN)
4. The Football Outsider: How Jakob Johnson Is Helping Define the Post–Tom Brady Patriots (SI)
5. Tom Stoltman harnesses ‘superpower’ of autism to become the World’s Strongest Man (CNN)
6. Teqball World Championships highlight the path to Olympic inclusion (CNN)
7. Malcolm Brogdon reflects on MLK’s impact and his family’s connection to HBCUs (The Undefeated)
8. Adama Traore pledges part of salary to anti-racism project Common Goal (Sky Sports)
9. 2 moms in their late 30s set American marathon, half-marathon records (GMA)
10. How Mo Salah Became the New King of Football (GQ)
Moving for mental health (Sport and Dev)
It’s A Penalty Launch 10th anti-trafficking campaign (Beyond Sport)
Sport for refugee self-reliance (Sport and Dev)
All Madden: Life and Coaching Advice from the Life of John Madden (Culture in Sports)
Cincinnati (by Kevin Huber) (The Players’ Tribune)
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!
Japan’s sumo wrestlers: Meet the women changing the face of the sport (CNN)
How the NBA goes above and beyond to honor MLK’s legacy (ESPN)
I am very moved by this gentleman and one of his quotes: “Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.” ? Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
I take his quote and extend it to also mean, “we are not only defined by one thing in our life, even if it is a good thing.” We are complex, we humans, from early childhood to end of life. It is not fair to assign a particular characteristic or role to any one person. That is why the “Shut up and dribble,” comment, is well, stupid. To judge someone you don’t know, especially with some idea so limiting, is insulting.
Many stories I have featured over the past 9 years have captured the beauty of the multidimensional individual, including several in this week’s newsletter. Despite so much evidence to the contrary, I understand it is “normal” to see someone as one-dimensional. Maybe it is easier for an individual to not have to think so hard about how different people can do the same, or different things, from our norms.
Our first story takes a look at NBA superstar Steph Curry and his 2.0 life. As hard it is to believe, we likely have not seen the best of Steph Curry, and that should be exciting to all of us, including Steph Curry!! Another story that we proud to feature this week takes a look at strongman (no, not that kind of strongman) Tom Stoltman from Scotland. The “World’s Strongest Man,” has autism and has leveraged his reality to become the world’s best at what he does. Finally, we highlight two extraordinary runners, Keira D’Amato and Sarah Hall, both moms in their 30s, who respectively set the American record for the women’s marathon and women’s half-marathon. Boss ladies! (Ted Lasso reference)
All of these athletes are inspirational, and not just for their athletic accomplishments. Rather, it is for how they are approaching life. Difficulties abound, but they all are finding ways with the help of family and friends, to find their “best self,” knowing their best self may have many different forms. Great stuff.
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The Second Coming of Stephen Curry (GQ)
Erin Jackson will compete at Olympics after teammate Bowe gives up spot (video) (NBC Sports)
For Georgia football fans, a championship 41 years in the making and worth every minute (ESPN)
The Football Outsider: How Jakob Johnson Is Helping Define the Post–Tom Brady Patriots (SI)
Tom Stoltman harnesses ‘superpower’ of autism to become the World’s Strongest Man (CNN)
Teqball World Championships highlight the path to Olympic inclusion (CNN)
Malcolm Brogdon reflects on MLK’s impact and his family’s connection to HBCUs (The Undefeated)
Adama Traore pledges part of salary to anti-racism project Common Goal (Sky Sports)
2 moms in their late 30s set American marathon, half-marathon records (GMA)
How Mo Salah Became the New King of Football (GQ)
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