Sept. 10 – Sept. 23, 2023
Welcome to issue four hundred and twenty-three of the Sports Doing Good newsletter. This week’s 10 stories include:
1. US Open Winner Coco Gauff Is Using Her Platform for Activism (MSN/Parents)
2. A New N.B.A. Champion’s Takeaway From a U.F.C. Champ: Relax (New York Times)
3. How Erin Matson went from North Carolina field hockey’s biggest star to its new coach at only 22 (NCAA)
4. FanDuel Marks Responsible Gaming Education Month with Major Investment in its Responsible Gaming Ambassador Program (PR Newswire)
5. Corbin Carroll, the Diamondbacks’ young, quiet superstar, is learning how to lead (The Athletic)
6. Colorado’s most interesting team? It’s Jay Norvell’s, not Deion Sanders’, squad (The Athletic)
7. “I Shall Not Be Moved”: Inside a New York City Sumo Wrestling Club (GQ)
8. Baseball United an opportunity for Black players and ownership in the game (Andscape)
9. Why NBA players keep flocking to a hot gym at UCLA: Inside the Rico Hines runs (ESPN)
10. Millions Saw His Paintings on TV. In the Art World, His Work Still Went Unnoticed. (New York Times)
The Future of Sports: Celebrating the Power of Purpose in Sports (17 Sport)
Public Development Banks acknowledge importance of sport as enabler of SDGs (Sport and Dev)
IOC and UN Women sign new agreement to advance gender equality in and through sport (IOC)
MLB’S San Francisco Giants & Drew Robinson Team Up with 988 Suicide % Crisis Lifeline (Beyond Sport)
Up Next with San Francisco Seals (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!
An NBA star and his mother create a new app to help foster youth sports (MSNBC/Favorito)
Congressional Olympic and Paralympic Commission Examines Athlete Safety, Part 4
When asked why I do the Sports Doing Good newsletter, I have regularly referred to the therapeutic nature of searching for nothing but good news, as well as the educational aspect of reading about so many interesting people, teams, leagues, and organizations in and around the sports world. I was fortunate to come across, again, one of those types of individuals.
Consider me now educated about an amazing painter who spent a few years in the NFL. I think that is how artist Ernie Barnes would like to have been remembered. From the article I got the sense he was born an artist and grew into a football player. The article from the New York Times, paints (yep, I meant that), a picture of an extremely talented man who now is seeing his works coveted by the most serious art collectors in the world, including those who will spend millions of dollars for such great works.
I wonder if the NFL has ever done anything to recognize such talented individuals such as Barnes. How cool would it be to have an art exhibit curated to include works by former NFL players or professional athletes in general. I love hearing about players who may be considered non-traditional in their post-career pursuits. (In 2019, I featured Ta’u Pupu’a, a former NFL player who became an opera singer.) People sometimes lose sight of the fact that these athletes are real people with real interests and motivations that don’t always involve sports. While it is too late me for me to buy an Ernie Barnes original, I would definitely pay for a ticket to see a sport-connected art show. That would be a great example of sports doing good.
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US Open Winner Coco Gauff Is Using Her Platform for Activism (MSN/Parents)
A New N.B.A. Champion’s Takeaway From a U.F.C. Champ: Relax (New York Times)
How Erin Matson went from North Carolina field hockey’s biggest star to its new coach at only 22 (NCAA)
FanDuel Marks Responsible Gaming Education Month with Major Investment in its Responsible Gaming Ambassador Program (PR Newswire)
Corbin Carroll, the Diamondbacks’ young, quiet superstar, is learning how to lead (The Athletic)
Colorado’s most interesting team? It’s Jay Norvell’s, not Deion Sanders’, squad (The Athletic)
“I Shall Not Be Moved”: Inside a New York City Sumo Wrestling Club (GQ)
Baseball United an opportunity for Black players and ownership in the game (Andscape)
Why NBA players keep flocking to a hot gym at UCLA: Inside the Rico Hines runs (ESPN)
Millions Saw His Paintings on TV. In the Art World, His Work Still Went Unnoticed. (New York Times)
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Sports Doing Good Newsletter #423
Sept. 10 – Sept. 23, 2023