July 10 – July 23, 2022
Welcome to issue three hundred and ninety-three of the Sports Doing Good newsletter. This week’s 10 stories include:
1. Track and Field Aims to Capture an Emerging Market: The USA (WSJ)
2. More Than Equal: A not-for-profit initiative that aims at creating the first female F1 champion (Females in Motorsports)
3. How Playfly Esports aims to revolutionize collegiate and high school esports (Dexerto)
4. Steffi Graf Is Still Too Famous for Steffi Graf (SI)
5. ‘The face of hockey is changing’: A roundtable on Mike Grier’s historic moment (SportsNet)
6. 11 weeks after Jackie Robinson’s debut, Larry Doby arrived (Washington Post)
7. Seri Pak’s South Korean Surrogate Children Own the LPGA (SI)
8. Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp talks to ESPN about legacy, staying on top, Salah and more (ESPN)
9. ‘Where the heck are the women?’ Why women’s sports could see financial boon in future TV deals (USA Today)
10. IOC Restores 1912 Olympic Gold Medals Solely to Jim Thorpe (Native News)
Investing in grassroots sports as the best bet for sustainable development (Sport and Dev)
Are we playing to the same game plan? (Sport and Dev)
Putting people first: Creating ecosystems that help every individual flourish (Sport and Dev)
Beyond the games 22 Partner Spotlight: Interview with Sport England CEO, Tim Hollingsworth (Beyond Sport)
Peacemakers Project: One Year of Peace-Through-Sport Activities (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!
We’ve Never Seen Anything Like This… (Total Running Productions)
‘It can change everything’: I-TRI trains middle school girls for triathlons, builds confidence (Today)
The Night of the Black Chief (Brian Canever)
How Hollywood’s Backing is Making Soccer a Big Business (Bloomberg News)
When talking about “emerging markets,” we are most often referring to a younger, still developing, but potentially lucrative opportunity. We can be talking about a particular product or service or a geographic market.
Our first highlighted article deals with an emerging market for track & field, that is, the United States. The definition we presented above applies to the U.S. in this area, except for the “young” part. Track & field has been on our radar for more than a century (here we mention our last article, featuring the U.S,’s greatest ever athlete, Jim Thorpe.), but other than during Olympic years and right after, we have not seen the sport turn “lucrative” at the professional level. This is somewhat surprising as we are a nation of runners, from from grade school to high school, through college, to one’s entire adult life. The article says more needs to be done to elevate the sport. Hopefully, we all can be part of seeing this “emerging market” take its place amongst the most successful pro sports in this country, all before the 2028 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
As mentioned before, our last article highlights Jim Thorpe, a Native American who established himself as a star performer in track and field, baseball, and football. I would argue that Thorpe was our country’s greatest athlete in the 20th century. In a very welcome turn of events this past week, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that it will from now on display the name of Jim Thorpe (whose original name Wa-Tho-Huk that means “Bright Path”), as the sole gold medalist in pentathlon and decathlon at the 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm. The change came on the 110th anniversary of Thorpe’s medal in decathlon. Thorpe had long ago been stripped of his medals and title by the IOC for having been compensated for playing minor league baseball.
I have always been a fan of Thorpe’s. I am taken with individuals who excel at multiple things. In this case, multiple sports. And Thorpe certainly excelled. I also admire Thorpe’s courage and conviction when representing a country that did not acknowledge his citizenship. He represented the United States at the Olympic Games 12 years before Native Indians gained U.S. citizenship.
Track and field in the U.S. has no shortage of amazing champions. Here’s to seeing the sport “emerge” in the 21st century.
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Track and Field Aims to Capture an Emerging Market: The USA (WSJ)
More Than Equal: A not-for-profit initiative that aims at creating the first female F1 champion (Females in Motorsports)
How Playfly Esports aims to revolutionize collegiate and high school esports (Dexerto)
Steffi Graf Is Still Too Famous for Steffi Graf (SI)
‘The face of hockey is changing’: A roundtable on Mike Grier’s historic moment (SportsNet)
11 weeks after Jackie Robinson’s debut, Larry Doby arrived (Washington Post)
Seri Pak’s South Korean Surrogate Children Own the LPGA (SI)
Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp talks to ESPN about legacy, staying on top, Salah and more (ESPN)
‘Where the heck are the women?’ Why women’s sports could see financial boon in future TV deals (USA Today)
IOC Restores 1912 Olympic Gold Medals Solely to Jim Thorpe (Native News)
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Sports Doing Good Newsletter #393
July 10 – July 23, 2022