July 24 – Aug. 6, 2022
Welcome to issue three hundred and ninety-four of the Sports Doing Good newsletter. This week’s 10 stories include:
1. Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell deserves our reverence, understanding and respect (ESPN)
2. Tour de France Femmes Is a Women’s Sports Triumph Long in the Making (SI)
3. Professional Fighters League Elbows Its Way Into Combat Sports Spotlight (Adweek)
4. My Wish: Klay Thompson makes a splash by granting Joseph’s wish (ESPN)
5. Adidas Signs 15 Women’s Sports Stars to NIL Deals in Honor of Title IX (Boardroom)
6. Through It All, Staten Island Cricket Endures (New York Times)
7. College Athletes, Non-Wrestling Fans and Dwight Howard: Meet WWE’s Future Stars (Bleacher Report)
8. England tickets for United States friendly at Wembley sell out in just over 24 hours (The Independent)
9. ‘Invest in women’: Female athletes changing landscape on ownership in professional sports (USA Today)
10. World Sports Photography Awards – Winners 2022 (WSPA)
Celebrating the small wins (Sport and Dev)
Shevchenko: support mental health and wellbeing of refugee children (Laureus)
Beyond the games: 70% of industry leaders believe the sport sector can do more (Beyond Sport)
Peace and Sport presents the white jersey and the whitecard trophy to Tadej Pogacar during the 1st stage of the Tour de France (Peace and Sport)
Summer VISTA Taylor Bradley: Finding her Future Through Sport (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!
How Talitha Diggs and her family have seen women’s sports grow since Title IX (NBC Sports)
10 Types Of Football You Didn’t Know Exist Today (Goal 90)
Title IX tribute – ESPYs (ESPN)
Our America: Fifty50 | Watch the full episode honoring 50th anniversary of Title IX (ABC Chicago)
Fixing Real Estate Is This NFL Star’s Next Big Play (Bloomberg Quicktake: Originals)
This week was one with an array of interesting and inspiring stories, some of which we captured here. There were also a couple of passings that hit the sports world pretty hard, that of Bill Russell and Vin Scully. Both of these men represented their respective sport with incredible class and performed regularly at the highest level.
It is tough to get older and see such incredible people pass away, with increasing frequency. It hurts even more when you have a connection with that person in some, even if it just as a fan. As many people associate times of their lives with particular songs, “That was the jam in high school!”, we do the same with sports, remembering particular players and/or teams that came with great success. For me, I go with the 1990s Knicks. And such memories are not kept to ourselves. My friends and I will find ourselves referencing a particular player or game and laugh, sometimes almost cry, or shake our head and wonder why we can’t have those days back again.
While I never saw Bill Russell play live, and only heard Vin Scully a few times doing baseball games, I understand the outpouring of love for both of them. They epitomized class and courage. Russell was the greatest winner in the history of pro sports but much of his time on and off the court were fraught with regular insults to him and attacks on his property and person. He was a civil rights activist when you basically couldn’t get basic rights if you were a black man in America.
Though some of their greatest performances were from a past century, their impact and legendary status are firmly in place. We will be beyond lucky to have individuals who can follow the paths of these two men and make contributions to society the same way they did.
Our first story this week includes Bill Russell. For coverage on Vin Scully please click here. https://www.sportingnews.com/us/mlb/news/vin-scully-dies-94-dodgers-mlb-reaction-calls/amwamhxdvjimxtcl1kkitorg
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Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell deserves our reverence, understanding and respect (ESPN)
Tour de France Femmes Is a Women’s Sports Triumph Long in the Making (SI)
Professional Fighters League Elbows Its Way Into Combat Sports Spotlight (Adweek)
My Wish: Klay Thompson makes a splash by granting Joseph’s wish (ESPN)
Adidas Signs 15 Women’s Sports Stars to NIL Deals in Honor of Title IX (Boardroom)
Through It All, Staten Island Cricket Endures (New York Times)
College Athletes, Non-Wrestling Fans and Dwight Howard: Meet WWE’s Future Stars (Bleacher Report)
England tickets for United States friendly at Wembley sell out in just over 24 hours (The Independent)
‘Invest in women’: Female athletes changing landscape on ownership in professional sports (USA Today)
World Sports Photography Awards – Winners 2022 (WSPA)
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