Oct. 16 – Oct. 29, 2022
Welcome to issue four hundred of the Sports Doing Good newsletter. This week’s 10 stories include:
1. The Enduring Appeal of Ronaldo, Soccer’s Original Phenomenon (New York Times)
2. Rugby World Cup: The intrigue & inspiration behind first women’s tournament of 1991 (BBC Sport)
3. North Dakota State, South Dakota State and the tale of the Dakota Marker (ESPN)
4. Throw-ins, ballstriking, neuroscience: How soccer is catching up with U.S. sports (ESPN)
5. Why NBA star Patty Mills wants to change the game on and off the court (9 News)
6. A 24-year-old CEO backed by Mark Cuban created basketball kicks specially designed for women — and now WNBA and college stars are on board (MSN)
7. Garo Yepremian: The One-of-a-Kind Story Behind the ’72 Dolphins’ One-of-a-Kind Kicker (SI)
8. Meet the Mariners owner: Wireless pioneer John Stanton brings leadership, passion to Seattle team (GeekWire)
9. Meet The Black Women On Eagles Quarterback Jalen Hurts’ All-Women Management Team (Afrotech)
10. DeMar DeRozan, Ben Simmons, Giannis Antetokounmpo & The Mental Health Balancing Act (BrewHoop)
The Senegalese Sadio Mane Becomes the First Winner of the ‘Socrates Award’ at the 2022 Ballon d’Or Ceremony (Peace and Sport)
Sport and Human Rights Case Collection (Centre for Sport and Human Rights)
NFL & The US Department of State Team Up to Engage Youth Worldwide (Beyond Sport)
Laureus USA and Nike Team Up to Launch NYC Made to Play Neighborhoods in Central Brooklyn and the South Bronx (Laureus USA)
Calling for changemakers to move beyond disciplinary perspectives (Sport and Dev)
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!
NFL player, Dion Dawkins, is a champion for some of Buffalo’s most impoverished neighborhoods (CNN)
MarJon Beauchamp on his emotional response to NBA draft (Today)
Higher numbers in life sometimes are not that exciting (age), but in a lot of instances, they are a good thing, especially in sports. 56 straight games with a hit (Joe DiMaggio), 100 points in a basketball game (Wilt Chamberlin), 11-time NBA champion (Bill Russell), legendary names attached to legendary numbers.
I, by no means, am legendary, and I hope to keep going with the newsletter, so hitting issue 400 is by no means the end of the road. However, it is a nice, clean number so I thought it was worth acknowledging. It is also a time to thank all of you for being subscribers to the newsletter, whether you were there from the beginning or recently joined this effort to promote good that is happening in sport. Many of you have taken time out to send me stories, provide feedback on the newsletter, and encourage me to keep going. I have met some of you because of the newsletter, or at the very least made a connection via email or social media. I am a much better person because of those interactions, so thank you.
I was asked this week by a friend in the sport for development world, why I started the newsletter. Part of the answer was I was frustrated by the presence of so much negativity in the news, including sports news. I knew that there was good stuff going on in sports and wanted to find a way to increase the reach of those stories that may have gotten overlooked or deserved a bump in awareness. Sports, and yes, even sports business, has so much good attached to it. I understand there are problems – I don’t shy from bringing them up – but the existence of problems doesn’t mean the problems are permanent. I have seen so much good work over the past 10 years doing the newsletter. Individuals, teams, leagues, companies, and non-profits are coming front and center with their good works and creating positive change in the world. I am grateful for that and will do my best to continue to bring attention to that change.
We have another book release this week, and while it is not sports-focused, it definitely is relevant to this newsletter and to what many of you do every day in and out of the sport industry. As mentioned before, the sport industry is not perfect, but it does not have to be for us to love it. But we must acknowledge that which is wrong and find ways, big and small, to make things better. That is the theme of so many of the articles I feature. This week, a new book, “A More Just Future,” by Dr. Dolly Chugh, invites us to learn about our history and recognize that which must be changed, no small challenge considering the historical foundation of some of these issues and problems. But this invitation does not leave us empty-handed. The book provides an array of tools to assist us to understand and then change that which will make us better, and by extension, society better. I encourage you to grab a copy of this book by my wonderful sister-in-law. https://www.dollychugh.com/book/a-more-just-future
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So, enjoy. And have a good week.
The Enduring Appeal of Ronaldo, Soccer’s Original Phenomenon (New York Times)
Rugby World Cup: The intrigue & inspiration behind first women’s tournament of 1991 (BBC Sport)
North Dakota State, South Dakota State and the tale of the Dakota Marker (ESPN)
Throw-ins, ballstriking, neuroscience: How soccer is catching up with U.S. sports (ESPN)
Why NBA star Patty Mills wants to change the game on and off the court (9 News)
A 24-year-old CEO backed by Mark Cuban created basketball kicks specially designed for women — and now WNBA and college stars are on board (MSN)
Garo Yepremian: The One-of-a-Kind Story Behind the ’72 Dolphins’ One-of-a-Kind Kicker (SI)
Meet the Mariners owner: Wireless pioneer John Stanton brings leadership, passion to Seattle team (GeekWire)
Meet The Black Women On Eagles Quarterback Jalen Hurts’ All-Women Management Team (Afrotech)
DeMar DeRozan, Ben Simmons, Giannis Antetokounmpo & The Mental Health Balancing Act (BrewHoop)
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Sports Doing Good Newsletter #400
Oct. 16 – Oct. 29, 2022