Jan. 15 – Jan. 28, 2023
Welcome to issue four hundred and six of the Sports Doing Good newsletter. This week’s 10 stories include:
1. The QB battle that unlocked Patrick Mahomes (ESPN)
2. Shaq and Kobe, $10K bets and Digger Phelps’ bagels: An oral history of New York’s hidden practice gem (The Athletic)
3. For Some Players at the Australian Open, No Spotlight Is No Problem (New York Times)
4. How The Resurgence Of Chess Built A $500 Million Company (Huddle Up)
5. Meet Josh Sweat, the ‘nerdy’ Eagles DE who builds computers and reconstructed himself (The Athletic)
6. Raul Shah: From Johns Hopkins to the World Baseball Classic (BVM Sports)
7. Board Games are Booming. Does Sports IP Have a Seat at the Table? (Sportico)
8. ‘It feels surreal:’ Fisk gymnasts warm hearts, steals show during historic meet (HBCU Sports)
9. “You would have thought Steph Curry was in the gym”: Teen born without legs makes basketball team (CBS News)
10. Wrexham eyes Hollywood ending in impressive FA Cup run (AP News)
Arsenal & Adidas Expand No More Red Campaign (Beyond Sport)
Moving sport and development beyond the perennial defensive mode (Sport and Dev)
Up2Us Sports Celebrates with Service for MLK Day (Up2Us Sports)
The Role of Project Leaders and Peace Educators Recognized by the UN General Assembly (Peace and Sport)
Centre for Sport and Human Rights and the World Academy of Sport launch Global Sport and Human Rights Academy (Centre for Sport and Human Rights)
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!
“80 for Brady” and its real-life inspirations (CBS News)
Boys in Blue (2023) Official Trailer (Showtime)
Len Perna on shaping the next wave of sports industry leadership (SportBusiness)
Nike SB | Why So Sad? Comic | Skateboarding and Our Mental Health (Nike)
An increasingly common source for stories for the Sports Doing Good newsletter is the entertainment industry. Partly this is coming from the fact that sports stories give us content that is inspiring, compelling, and fun, among other things. It is also coming from the fact that content creators and distributors, are seeing success with sports-related content, e.g., Netflix and F1: Drive to Survive, and of course, ESPN’s groundbreaking 30 for 30 franchise.
This week I feature several stories with a “Hollywood”-angle to them, including one about the growth of a chess company (Thank You Queen’s Gambit), and another about a lower-level football/soccer team who just happened to be owned by two famous American actors (Wrexham, with a nod to Ted Lasso). And in our video section, there are two more stories, one featuring the trailer for the powerful “Boys in Blue” documentary series from Showtime, and a much lighter, but also moving story about friendship (and a little sports), with “80 for Brady” with 4 female Hollywood legends.
Sports games are said to be the ultimate reality show/drama and that is probably true. But that world also gives us scripted and unscripted stories, ideas, challenges, etc., effectively presented by a growing collection of storytellers around the world. I am excited by the fact that this is a trend just getting started.
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The QB battle that unlocked Patrick Mahomes (ESPN)
Shaq and Kobe, $10K bets and Digger Phelps’ bagels: An oral history of New York’s hidden practice gem (The Athletic)
For Some Players at the Australian Open, No Spotlight Is No Problem (New York Times)
How The Resurgence Of Chess Built A $500 Million Company (Huddle Up)
Meet Josh Sweat, the ‘nerdy’ Eagles DE who builds computers and reconstructed himself (The Athletic)
Raul Shah: From Johns Hopkins to the World Baseball Classic (BVM Sports)
Board Games are Booming. Does Sports IP Have a Seat at the Table? (Sportico)
‘It feels surreal:’ Fisk gymnasts warm hearts, steals show during historic meet (HBCU Sports)
“You would have thought Steph Curry was in the gym”: Teen born without legs makes basketball team (CBS News)
Wrexham eyes Hollywood ending in impressive FA Cup run (AP News)
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Sports Doing Good Newsletter #406
Jan. 15 – Jan. 28, 2023