June 12 – June 25, 2022
Welcome to issue three hundred and ninety-one of the Sports Doing Good newsletter. This week’s 10 stories include:
1. How Deion Sanders Is Fueling the Rise of HBCU Football (SI)
2. The Art World Loves Basketballs. And Hoops and Jerseys and Backboards. (New York Times)
3. The Legend of Nestor Cortés Is Still Being Written (GQ)
4. Myles Copeland helps save life of referee John Sculli during The Basketball League game (ESPN)
5. For West Coast Conference, ‘Russell Rule’ Shows Early Promise In Diversifying Athletic Departments (Forbes)
6. Allyson Felix, Athleta Team Up With Nonprofit For Initiative Providing Free Childcare To Women Athletes (AfroTech)
7. Ukrainian Mom Tells Son They’re Fleeing To ‘Meet John Cena’ So John Cena Shows Up (Diply)
8. An Ace Finds Success by Visualizing Failure (New York Times)
9. The Classified Case of the Pro Wrestler Who Helped Beat the Nazis (SI)
10. No Bull…A Guy Who Went To School In The Bronx Writes A Book About…Bull Riding (JoeFavorito.com)
The potential of regional blocs in sport and development (Sport and Dev)
RWJF Recognizes Sports Leaders Building a Culture of Health (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)
Human rights volunteer roles to return for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ (FIFA)
Little League Pilots New Coach Training Program (Beyond Sport)
Peace and Sport Releases Its April6 Report (Peace and 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!
‘Be like Usain Bolt’: India’s Tribal Athletes | 101 East Documentary (Al Jazeera English)
Open Ice Presented by Adidas: Manny Malhotra (Toronto Maple Leafs)
2022 RWJF Sports Award Winners (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)
INTERVIEW | Parul Khosla, NHL Manager of Diversity & Inclusion
Over the period of 10 years I have been doing the Sports Doing Good newsletter, I have highlighted thousands of articles including people, places, and things at the local, national, and global levels. The stories have been items heavily covered in the news to ones that barely got any coverage. They all have been valuable for the information and inspiration that they provide.
Related to this are the people, including many of you, who send me stories that you think would be a good fit, or information about an event or some other effort that you think people should know about. I love getting those emails and even in a small way, helping you to have a better chance of reaching your goals.
One person I have heard from over the years is Andrew Giangola from IMG/Endeavor. Andrew handles PR for Professional Bull Riders (PBR), the world’s leading bull-riding league. That’s right, bull-riding. For us New Yorkers, it is not something we grew up with. However, the stories that Andrew has shared with me always resonate in some way and in this week’s newsletter I feature a story that features him. Written by our friend Joe Favorito, it is an interview coinciding with the release of Andrew’s book, Love & Try, that sheds light on Andrew and bull-riding overall. And that is one of the things I love about doing the newsletter. Getting to meet, or at least know about new people doing different things. I hope you take a moment to look at Joe’s interview with Andrew, which is the 10th story this week. (Proceeds from Andrew’s book go to support injured bull riders through the Western Sports Foundation). I also hope that you will continue to be open to new people and new ideas. And when you come across some good ones, that you let me know about it so that I can feature them at Sports Doing Good.
Finally, an exciting effort from our friends at UT’s Center for Sport, Peace, and Society. On June 23, to celebrate Title IX’s 50th anniversary, the UT Center for Sport, Peace & Society launched Strong Women. Better World: Title IX’s Global Effect. This 126-page illustrated book features the stories of nine members of the GSMP Sisterhood, alumnae of the Global Sports Mentoring Program (GSMP), an award-winning sports diplomacy and mentorship exchange program implemented by the CSPS in partnership with the U.S. Department of State and espnW. Their stories are captivating examples of Title IX’s global ripple effect, empowering women and girls worldwide to achieve their own Title IX moments. Please contact Dr. Sarah Hillyer with questions email@example.com. More information and book orders here https://sportandpeace.com/
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So, enjoy. And have a good week.
How Deion Sanders Is Fueling the Rise of HBCU Football (SI)
The Art World Loves Basketballs. And Hoops and Jerseys and Backboards. (New York Times)
The Legend of Nestor Cortés Is Still Being Written (GQ)
Myles Copeland helps save life of referee John Sculli during The Basketball League game (ESPN)
For West Coast Conference, ‘Russell Rule’ Shows Early Promise In Diversifying Athletic Departments (Forbes)
Allyson Felix, Athleta Team Up With Nonprofit For Initiative Providing Free Childcare To Women Athletes (AfroTech)
Ukrainian Mom Tells Son They’re Fleeing To ‘Meet John Cena’ So John Cena Shows Up (Diply)
An Ace Finds Success by Visualizing Failure (New York Times)
The Classified Case of the Pro Wrestler Who Helped Beat the Nazis (SI)
No Bull…A Guy Who Went To School In The Bronx Writes A Book About…Bull Riding (JoeFavorito.com)
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