Nov. 27 – Dec. 10, 2022
Welcome to issue four hundred and three of the Sports Doing Good newsletter. This week’s 10 stories include:
1. How Michael Pittman Jr.’s stutter has helped shape him into a leader for the Indianapolis Colts (ESPN)
2. Formula 1 announces F1 Academy a new female driver series for 2023 (Formula 1)
3. The Women’s Sports Foundation – Recognized as a Title IX Champion and Protector – Will be Featured During the National Football League’s ‘My Cause My Cleats’ Campaign (Women’s Sports Foundation)
4. A former NBA champion is changing ‘how the world builds’ to fight the climate crisis (CNN)
5. Deaf and hard of hearing Gallaudet’s drive to Division III playoffs (ESPN)
6. Taking Back the Mountains (New York Times)
7. How A Former Patriots Software Engineer Built Notemeal, A Leading Nutrition App For Sports Teams (Forbes)
8. Black and Spanish: A National Team Starts to Reflect All of Its Nation (New York Times)
9. Ken Griffey Jr., Swingman Classic bringing HBCU baseball to 2023 MLB All-Star weekend (Andscape)
10. Overcoming Adversity: MaKena Rodgers (TrueSport/Sports Engine)
IOC & WHO Team Up to Build Healthy & Active Communities (Beyond Sport)
WNBA star Copper supports Anderson Monarchs (South Philly Review/Good Sports)
Groundbreaking Women’s Sports Network Launches (Beyond Sport)
Laureus Sport for Good Index (Laureus)
For Neymar (by Romario) (The Players’ Tribune)
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!
Panini stickers: How a family collectibles business became a worldwide phenomenon (60 Minutes)
The National Archives Foundation – the Archives’ newest exhibit, “All American: The Power of Sports,
Denver Broncos – Dalton Risner
Shane Van Boening and the changing world of professional pool (60 Minutes)
Over the past 10+ years I have sourced articles from at least 100 different places, very likely a lot more. What has been great about doing the newsletter during that time is seeing the variety of sources providing the stories featured in the newsletter (including coincidentally, Variety Magazine) It is refreshing to see non-sports entities have such an important presence in the newsletter as Sports/Doing/Good does not belong only to those who cover sports on a daily basis. They are important entities, of course, but the non-endemic sources show that interest in these stories transcends sports, they include topics such as: perseverance, overcoming the odds, sisterhood/brotherhood, diversity/equity/inclusion (featured since day 1 of the newsletter), entrepreneurship, personal development, and community support, amongst other inspirational and motivational topics. And at their core, all of these stories are informative.
For me, there is no media outlet that has been a better source of informative news and analysis than 60 Minutes, and that was true long before I became a card-carrying member of AARP. Even all the way back to college, watching 60 Minutes was always educational and many times, fun. I don’t remember there being too many sports stories, but I am sure there were a few, and all were certainly handled with the incredible skill that is the hallmark of the program.
Another hallmark of 60 Minutes is featuring stories that are either not covered in the detail that it can provide, or not covered at all by the major press in the United States. For example, in 2017, the program did a great piece on Shohei Ohtani, the transcendent baseball player from Japan, before he had come to the U.S. The idea of a two-way player of that level was, really, hard to believe. Such a player had not been seen since Babe Ruth. Could it really happen again? 60 Minutes gave a peek at the man who has shown us it certainly can. The journalist doing the story was L. Jon Wertheim.
Wertheim is familiar to readers of Sports Illustrated and his great books over the past 25 years. His presence at 60 Minutes was not hailed as the start of a new era in sports at the program (at least I did not see it.) But it did give me hope that there would be a few more stories combining the best of two worlds I cared about – great storytelling and sports. And this week we have two such 60 Minutes/Jon Wertheim stories. You will see them featured in our Video/Podcast section. Both stories deal with subjects that even the most hardcore sports fans likely did not know about, and are yes, informative, fun, and uplifting. I look forward to featuring more such stories in the future.
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How Michael Pittman Jr.’s stutter has helped shape him into a leader for the Indianapolis Colts (ESPN)
Formula 1 announces F1 Academy a new female driver series for 2023 (Formula 1)
The Women’s Sports Foundation – Recognized as a Title IX Champion and Protector – Will be Featured During the National Football League’s ‘My Cause My Cleats’ Campaign (Women’s Sports Foundation)
A former NBA champion is changing ‘how the world builds’ to fight the climate crisis (CNN)
Deaf and hard of hearing Gallaudet’s drive to Division III playoffs (ESPN)
Taking Back the Mountains (New York Times)
How A Former Patriots Software Engineer Built Notemeal, A Leading Nutrition App For Sports Teams (Forbes)
Black and Spanish: A National Team Starts to Reflect All of Its Nation (New York Times)
Ken Griffey Jr., Swingman Classic bringing HBCU baseball to 2023 MLB All-Star weekend (Andscape)
Overcoming Adversity: MaKena Rodgers (TrueSport/Sports Engine)
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