Aug. 27 – Sept. 9, 2023
Welcome to issue four hundred and twenty-two of the Sports Doing Good newsletter. This week’s 10 stories include:
1. Tennessee State hopes its new hockey program inspires other Black colleges to follow suit (Andscape)
2. PathwayZ- A manifesto for producing system-generated champions (The Bridge)
3. How Nebraska volleyball plans to pack Memorial Stadium (ESPN)
4. Cross-country runners stop their race to help opponent across finish line (ABC News)
5. Kobe Bryant’s impact on the Asian and Asian American communities (AMAZN HQ)
6. You Know Her Past. Mo’ne Davis Is Working on Her Future. (New York Times)
7. Copa 71: when 112,500 fans packed out the unofficial Women’s World Cup final (The Guardian)
8. Stephen and Ayesha Curry’s foundation to raise $50 million for Oakland schools (The Oaklandside)
9. Q&A: Ahead of U.S. Open Performance, Met Opera Director Says Music And Tennis Have Similarities (SI)
10. Team USA Traci and Field Athletes Excel in Budapest, Strive to Ride Momentum into Paris 2024 (Team USA)
Laureus Sporting Moment launches with emotional meeting between Manchester City fan Finlay Fisher and Jack Grealish (Laureus)
Sports Field Freakanomics-How Digital Tools Can Better Support and Grow Youth Sports (GamePlay) https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/sports-field-freakanomics-how-digital-tools-can-better-support-%3FtrackingId=J93RgBaZQkaXzcXK%252B0o91w%253D%253D/
Coalition welcomes sport for development’s contribution to new UK govt strategy (Sport and Dev)n
Sun Life Donates $1M CAD to Beyond Sport for Youth Basketball Program in Asia (Beyond Sport)
Olympic and Paralympic commission hears reform ideas (Project Play)
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!
Ep. #54 New Research from the National Research Group Shows Growing Popularity of Women’s Sports, ft. Jay Kaufman (The Business Case for Women’s Sports)
This may be one of the most varied newsletters out of the 422 I have put together. And that is a good thing! I don’t employ a rigid approach in curating stories. I just go with that feels right. I encourage you to take a look at the stories this week as a collection, and I think you will see that same variation in the stories.
The story that I want to highlight is the record-breaking* volleyball match that took place in Lincoln, Nebraska last week. The match was all over sports news. It was great to see the event get non-endemic coverage as well. The University of Nebraska went “all in,” cancelling classes for “Volleyball Day,” which helped lead to a massively successful sporting event (and concert). The overhead shots of 92,003 fans at Memorial Stadium were incredible.
Now the reason I included an asterisk above was because I came across a story that would contradict one of the key takeaways of the Nebraska volleyball match. That is, that the match was the largest crowd, ever, for a women’s sporting event. And according to the article, “Copa 71: when 112,500 fans packed out the unofficial Women’s World Cup final,” from The Guardian, we can be forgiven for making this error because it seems no one ever properly recognized this epic sporting event from 1971, until just now. Whether it was the final game between Denmark and Mexico in 1971 or the Nebraska volleyball match last week which holds the record, it is safe to say that women’s sports have a history worth knowing and is making history now on a regular basis. Copa 71, executive produced by Venus and Serena Williams, just premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. I can’t wait to see it.
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Tennessee State hopes its new hockey program inspires other Black colleges to follow suit (Andscape)
PathwayZ- A manifesto for producing system-generated champions (The Bridge)
How Nebraska volleyball plans to pack Memorial Stadium (ESPN)
Cross-country runners stop their race to help opponent across finish line (ABC News)
Kobe Bryant’s impact on the Asian and Asian American communities (AMAZN HQ)
You Know Her Past. Mo’ne Davis Is Working on Her Future. (New York Times)
Stephen and Ayesha Curry’s foundation to raise $50 million for Oakland schools (The Oaklandside)
Q&A: Ahead of U.S. Open Performance, Met Opera Director Says Music And Tennis Have Similarities (SI)
Team USA Traci and Field Athletes Excel in Budapest, Strive to Ride Momentum into Paris 2024 (Team USA)
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Sports Doing Good Newsletter #422
Aug. 27 – Sept. 9, 2023