Oct. 30 – Nov. 12, 2022
Welcome to issue four hundred and one of the Sports Doing Good newsletter. This week’s 10 stories include:
1. Juan Toscano-Anderson is excited to represent his Mexican and Black heritage with the Lakers (Andscape)
2. In the college sports pay era, female athletes are emerging as big winners (CNBC)
3. ‘I wanted to compete’: Rutgers pushed to add sports teams for students with disabilities (NJ Herald)
4. For Some Athletes, Retiring From Sports Is a New Beginning (Adweek)
5. Tony Hawk Using Skateboarding To Teach Community Organizing (HuffPost)
6. Merky FC: Stormzy launches initiative to boost diversity in football (The Guardian)
7. Women’s Sports Get Their Own TV Network Via New Streaming Outlet (Bloomberg)
8. Fifty years ago, six women protested at the start line of the NYC Marathon and changed history (ESPNW)
9. Brooklyn Nets owners start program for minority-led startups (AP)
10. The Glorious Gigs of Garrett Stubbs, Phillies Backup Catcher and Hype Man (SI)
ICC & UNICEF Partner to Promote Gender Equality Through Cricket (Beyond Sport)
We built a school in Haiti! (Sloane Stephens Foundation)
The Peace and Sport Documentary Prize Goes to ‘For the Sake of Peace’ at the SPORTEL AWARDS (Peace and Sport)
Championing the brands making a positive impact through sport (Laureus Sport for Good Index)
Webinar: Upping the game – how can sport better respond to forced displacement? (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!
Navajo Skaters Ride for Rural Voters (Harness)
Lewis Hamilton on increasing diversity in Formula One racing (CBS News)
Francis Ngannou: Chasing Freedom, Becoming World Champion, And Exposing The UFC (Joe Pompliano)
A challenge in this very crowded sports marketplace we have in the U.S. is to be an athlete in a new or previously overlooked activity. We have seen how long it has taken for women’s sports to start to have its rightful place on the sports landscape. And now that those women’s sports are emerging, more people are speaking to the value of that area and why me must continue to support it. (Interesting, to say the least.)
Another area of sport previously overlooked that has been making some inroads in the marketplace is adaptive sports or sports for the differently abled. We see that the Paralympic Games are increasingly part of discussions regarding opportunities for athletes and on the business side, broadcasting, sponsorship, and tickets at the Olympic Games. We even saw a name change from USOC to USOP(aralympic)C. This is a good thing.
However, progress does not automatically equate with widespread opportunity. And that is the theme of one of the stories featured this week in Sports Doing Good. The reality of limited opportunity for adaptive sports at the collegiate level is not a “good” thing in sports. But we feature the story, as we have done with many others, to highlight an issue that may be new to you and/or be one in which you think you can make a difference. Subject matter that has potential, or upside, if you will.
One idea that popped into my head reading this article to address the lack of schools who offer adaptive sports opportunities to its students, is to change the game a bit when it comes to the sponsoring of adaptive sports teams. Like rural towns with not enough kids to have their own high school, the idea is to bring colleges and universities together in which they can co-sponsor a sport. Major cities have multiple institutions of higher learning and while one school may not have too many adaptive sports athletes, taken together, they do. Sharing costs and boosting opportunities by working together may be a way to meet the demand of adaptive athletes who, as the article, notes, “just want to compete.”
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Juan Toscano-Anderson is excited to represent his Mexican and Black heritage with the Lakers (Andscape)
In the college sports pay era, female athletes are emerging as big winners (CNBC)
‘I wanted to compete’: Rutgers pushed to add sports teams for students with disabilities (NJ Herald)
For Some Athletes, Retiring From Sports Is a New Beginning (Adweek)
Tony Hawk Using Skateboarding To Teach Community Organizing (HuffPost)
Merky FC: Stormzy launches initiative to boost diversity in football (The Guardian)
Women’s Sports Get Their Own TV Network Via New Streaming Outlet (Bloomberg)
Fifty years ago, six women protested at the start line of the NYC Marathon and changed history (ESPNW)
Brooklyn Nets owners start program for minority-led startups (AP)
The Glorious Gigs of Garrett Stubbs, Phillies Backup Catcher and Hype Man (SI)
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