June 26 – July 9, 2022
Welcome to issue three hundred and ninety-two of the Sports Doing Good newsletter. This week’s 10 stories include:
1. Building a One-Stop Women’s Sports Marketing Empire (AdWeek)
2. Kelly Slater Won the Super Bowl of Surfing at 50. So, What’s Next? (SI)
3. She’s a single mother who works shifts at Whole Foods – and just climbed Everest for the 10th time (The Guardian)
4. The Support System That Sparked a USWNT Opportunity (SI)
5. All-Indian team assembles to win world’s highest-stakes basketball event (The Bridge)
6. The NBA Turns to Africa to Fuel Basketball’s Next Era of Growth (Bloomberg)
7. The WNBA’s Pride evolution: ‘We’ve learned it’s authenticity that draws people in’ (ESPN)
8. Joe Burrow continues to speak out on important issues, unlike his NFL QB contemporaries (Yahoo! Sports)
9. When Nazem Kadri hoisted the Stanley Cup, he lifted a whole community along with it (CBC Sports)
10. Sadio Mané: The Most Generous Athlete In Sports (Huddle Up)
Supporting community through the war in Ukraine (Sport and Dev)
The Impact of Title IX: Thoughts from Memphis Inner City Rigby Coaches (Beyond Sport)
Beyond Sport Partners with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, on the Sport Together Fund (Beyond Sport)
The Centre for Sport and Human Rights joins EPAS as newest Consultative Committee member (CSHR)
LA28’S Athlete Fellowship Program is Changing Their Game (LA28.org)
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!
A sports bar of their own (CBS News)
Former NBA Star Baron Davis Teams Up with Hennessy Through ‘Never Stop Never Settle Society’ (Cheddar News)
One of the great things about doing the Sports Doing Good newsletter, and I hope this is true for you as a reader, is getting to learn about people, places, organizations, companies, etc. It is fun to have a new “favorite,” whatever that favorite is.
Despite being a lifelong soccer player, I am not an expert when it comes to the world’s best players and teams. I do know who the top folks are, of course, but I definitely miss out on some of the greats whose stories might fall through the cracks. Over the past two weeks I have gotten to learn a lot more about one of the greats, and yes, he is now one of my favorites!
Sadio Mane is an elite level soccer player from Senegal, who has performed brilliantly over the past 10 years, plying his trade most recently for one of the world’s best clubs, Liverpool, in the English Premier League (EPL). Mane has been in the news over the past two weeks because he switched teams, leaving Liverpool to join German giants Bayern Munich.
A top player leaving a team is usually not a cause for celebration for the home team and there are those who support Liverpool who are unhappy with the move. But most of what I have seen, including from Liverpool’s manager, current and former players, and fans, has been positive, which speaks to the success Mane had at Liverpool and the way he conducted himself on and off the field over the years. All of these folks are wishing Mane the best.
Mane’s path from a tiny village in Senegal to the top of the global soccer scene is probably worthy of a movie. And it is not just his soccer success that has won him fans. He is seen as one of the sports world’s “good guys,” regularly supporting his village and country, as well as fellow footballers.
Mane’s ascent is great not just for the soccer world, but also for those who are committed to effectuating change. He is a man who regularly recognizes the great fortune he now has, and the struggle that continues for others. As a man with a global platform, he is bound to continue to make a difference, even when he is done playing.
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So, enjoy. And have a good week.
Building a One-Stop Women’s Sports Marketing Empire (AdWeek)
Kelly Slater Won the Super Bowl of Surfing at 50. So, What’s Next? (SI)
She’s a single mother who works shifts at Whole Foods – and just climbed Everest for the 10th time (The Guardian)
The Support System That Sparked a USWNT Opportunity (SI)
All-Indian team assembles to win world’s highest-stakes basketball event (The Bridge)
The NBA Turns to Africa to Fuel Basketball’s Next Era of Growth (Bloomberg)
The WNBA’s Pride evolution: ‘We’ve learned it’s authenticity that draws people in’ (ESPN)
Joe Burrow continues to speak out on important issues, unlike his NFL QB contemporaries (Yahoo! Sports)
When Nazem Kadri hoisted the Stanley Cup, he lifted a whole community along with it (CBC Sports)
Sadio Mané: The Most Generous Athlete In Sports (Huddle Up)
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Sports Doing Good Newsletter #392
June 26 – July 9, 2022