Oct. 2 – Oct. 15, 2022
Welcome to issue three hundred and ninety-nine of the Sports Doing Good newsletter. This week’s 10 stories include:
1. Roger Federer: A gift from the tennis gods (Sky Sports)
2. This Couple Is Pursuing Olympic Dreams While Living Out of a Van (Runner’s World)
3. After Years Away, One of Basketball’s Greats Returns at 41 (New York Times)
4. How Rock Climbers and Snowboarders Became a Political Force (New York Times)
5. He’s Probably the Best Athlete Alive. Does Anyone Care? (MSN)
6. Denmark supplier announces World Cup kits designed to ‘protest against Qatar and its human rights record’ (The Independent)
7. Kevin Durant, Billie Jean King Back New Women’s Pro Volleyball League (Bloomberg)
8. How Wheaties Became the ‘Breakfast of Champions’ (Get Pocket)
9. Triple alley-oops, LeBron cameos and electric crowds: The magic of summer basketball (ESPN)
10. Midnight Basketball Returns, and Brings Community With It (New York Times)
Usme, City of Peace Through Sport, Will Host a Second Edition of the Friendship Games (Peace and Sport)
Athletics can build great teammates and citizens. (All Vote No Play)
Alignment with the UN SDG’s (FIFA)
Philadelphia 76ers’ James Harden Targets Youth Financial Literacy (Beyond Sport)
Man City’s Project Continues Disability Support (Beyond 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!
A Great Coach Matters More Than Ever (Up2Us Sports)
“Sports can be a tool for social change” – Arshi Yasin (The Bridge)
The Importance of Giving Back (Kauling Racing)
Travis Murphy, Former NBA Senior Director of International Government Affairs on Sports Immigration, Brittney Griner and Jetr Global (Behind the Sports Story)
The Origins of Pickleball: How It All Began (Pickleball Channel)
While this newsletter is about the “good” out there, I have never shied away from difficult news or stories. Many of the stories featured are about efforts to combat challenges in sports and society. Those efforts, in the face of major obstacles, are themselves “good” and worthy of attention. I have also highlighted individuals who are leaders in the doing of good, many of whom have overcome their own challenges.
So, we got some tough news this morning about one of the best people on the planet, Dikembe Mutombo. He has been diagnosed with a brain tumor and has begun treatment. To say Dikembe is one of my favorite people does not truly capture how much I admire this fellow Hoya. If I needed to capture “Sports Doing Good” in a picture, I would put a photo of him smiling, which is often how you see him in pictures. We wish him the very best and send love to him and his family.
Speaking of fellow Hoyas and doing good, I had the opportunity to attend a gala hosted by sports non-profit, Up2Us Sports. I have long admired this organization, founded by fellow Hoya Paul Caccamo and had a terrific time seeing the leaders of the organization who I have gotten to know over the years and a bunch of new people, including fellow Hoyas Monica McNutt (emcee for the night) and Sugar Rodgers (an ambassador for the organization). I also met a host of other folks from organizations such as Gatorade and the NFL. What a great opportunity to celebrate Up2Us Sports while learning more about its current activities and future plans. Kudos to Paul, Mario, Jaclyn and the rest of the Up2Us team, especially the wonderful coaches who are the lifeblood of the organization.
Finally, I would like to highlight two sources of “good” that I regularly read, and think will be worth your time – www.nicenews.com and https://www.goodgoodgood.co/.
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So, enjoy. And have a good week.
Roger Federer: A gift from the tennis gods (Sky Sports)
This Couple Is Pursuing Olympic Dreams While Living Out of a Van (Runner’s World)
After Years Away, One of Basketball’s Greats Returns at 41 (New York Times)
How Rock Climbers and Snowboarders Became a Political Force (New York Times)
He’s Probably the Best Athlete Alive. Does Anyone Care? (MSN)
Denmark supplier announces World Cup kits designed to ‘protest against Qatar and its human rights record’ (The Independent)
Kevin Durant, Billie Jean King Back New Women’s Pro Volleyball League (Bloomberg)
How Wheaties Became the ‘Breakfast of Champions’ (Get Pocket)
Triple alley-oops, LeBron cameos and electric crowds: The magic of summer basketball (ESPN)
Midnight Basketball Returns, and Brings Community With It (New York Times)
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Sports Doing Good Newsletter #399
Oct. 2 – Oct. 15, 2022