Aug. 21 – Sept. 3, 2022
Welcome to issue three hundred and ninety-six of the Sports Doing Good newsletter. This week’s 10 stories include:
1. Refugee to role model: Ramla Ali is fighting to make an impact — and make history (ESPN)
2. Dilan Markanday leads the way in Blackburn’s inclusion drive (Guardian)
3. Players need a purpose: Organisations like Right to Dream and Common Goal are addressing this thirst in the soul (Sky Sports)
4. Break dancing is about to get its Olympic moment (Morning Brew)
5. He got a job via LinkedIn — Major League player (MLB.com)
6. After Winning 2 Super Bowls Together, Eli Manning and Tom Coughlin Tackle Childhood Cancer and Hunger (People)
7. Ex-lacrosse star Jared Bernhardt’s improbable NFL dream is nearly here (Washington Post)
8. City vs. Country. Steel vs. Coal. The Pitt–West Virginia Brawl Returns! (SI)
9. Why USWNT legend Heather O’Reilly came out of retirement for an amateur Irish team: Champions League and Slovenian ice cream (ESPN)
10. How Justin Tucker Became the Greatest Kicker in N.F.L. History (New York Times)
An anti-racist return to sport-for-development in the wake of COVID-19 (Sport and Dev)
IOC Launch Study to Protect Athletes’ Physical & Mental Health (Beyond Sport)
Candidate City Human Rights Proposals for the 2026 World Cup: The Promise of a Positive Legacy (Centre for Sport and Human Rights)
ATHLETES IN ACTION – Diabetes As A Superpower (Athletes for Hope)
Foot Locker, Inc. and Laureus announce recipients of Community Empowerment Grant (Laureus)
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!
Full Frame: Jeffery Salter On Photographing Serena Williams (SI)
Sports: Fitting In and Standing Out | Ryan Chen (Stanford GSB/YouTube)
Bradford City hold open trials for South Asian community (Sky Sports)
Special Olympics Massachusetts athletes, volunteers hold kickball fundraiser (Spectrum News/3STEP/Mission to Win)
I’d like to start off by presenting an opinion piece I wrote for Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal. Thanks again to Abe Madkour and Jake Kyler for giving me a forum to express what I hope are some interesting, even compelling, ideas. The article, “Industry’s new entrepreneurial mindset key for social responsibility impact, opportunities,” can be found by clicking this link.
Now, to a story that we feature this week involving something in sports that sometimes straddles the fence between “sports doing good,” and “sports not doing good,” and that are rivalries. We all know of particular teams or individuals who hopefully bring out the best in us while we control the borderline hatred we may have for the other side. In a way, rivalries are are borne from positive things happening in sports, e.g. great performances, thrilling games, and longevity. The fact that we can point to decades of competitive battles – Duke/UNC, Texas/Oklahoma, Georgetown/Syracuse – speaks volumes about rivalries.
This week’s rivalry story, “City vs. Country. Steel vs. Coal. The Pitt–West Virginia Brawl Returns!” captures the good and bad that comes with rivalries. Even if you are not connected to either of these schools, this article will evoke your own memories of battles against a nemesis, whether at the youth sports, high school, college or professional level. The story also presents the challenge to the sustainability of rivalries with so many changes in conference membership. Kudos to Pitt and West Virginia, and all of the other schools who no longer share a conference affiliation and guaranteed games every year, who are making a point to schedule those “hated” rivalries as often as they can. That is a true nod to the fans and to tradition, two things essential to maintaining the “good” in sports.
Finally, a shout out to Serena Williams, an athlete so good at her craft that many would say she had no rival (other than herself and maybe Venus). Check out a special look at Serena through the eyes of one of SI’s very best photographers in the Video section above.
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Refugee to role model: Ramla Ali is fighting to make an impact — and make history (ESPN)
Dilan Markanday leads the way in Blackburn’s inclusion drive (Guardian)
Players need a purpose: Organisations like Right to Dream and Common Goal are addressing this thirst in the soul (Sky Sports)
Break dancing is about to get its Olympic moment (Morning Brew)
He got a job via LinkedIn — Major League player (MLB.com)
After Winning 2 Super Bowls Together, Eli Manning and Tom Coughlin Tackle Childhood Cancer and Hunger (People)
Ex-lacrosse star Jared Bernhardt’s improbable NFL dream is nearly here (Washington Post)
City vs. Country. Steel vs. Coal. The Pitt–West Virginia Brawl Returns! (SI)
Why USWNT legend Heather O’Reilly came out of retirement for an amateur Irish team: Champions League and Slovenian ice cream (ESPN)
How Justin Tucker Became the Greatest Kicker in N.F.L. History (New York Times)
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