Sept. 24 – Oct. 7, 2023
Welcome to issue four hundred and twenty-four of the Sports Doing Good newsletter. This week’s 10 stories include:
1. Racer, stunt driver, ambassador: Jessica Hawkins’ fight to deliver on her dreams (The Athletic)
2. Meet the youngest starting quarterback in college football, who throws like no one else (The Athletic)
3. Savannah Bananas Break All The Rules To Hit The Mainstream (Front Office Sports)
4. WNBA enters new chapter of front-office hiring (Andscape)
5. How Lionel Messi and soccer bring together a father and son (ESPN)
6. Quizzes on a treadmill: The long journey to US citizenship for Panthers’ Frankie Luvu (Charlotte Observer)
7. Pebble Beach Is Hosting Another Coveted Pro-Am This Week, With an Eye on Future Stars (SI)
8. Athletes seek ‘seat at table’ in new college sports model (ESPN)
9. Sports Keep Missing The Boat On the Fastest Growing Demo…Time To Start A Trend (Favorito)
10. America’s Major League Cricket Debut Surpassed Expectations On And Off The Field
Creating Safe Spaces: Safeguarding practices in sport activities in the context of displacement (Sport and Dev)
BBC Green Sport Awards: Nominees announced for 2023 awards (BBC)
Optimal Approaches to Sustainability in Stadiums and Arenas (CleanLink)
MLS exec: Soccer system should work together to compete for best athletes, fans (Project Play)
Nominees of the Peace through Sport Initiative of the year (Peace and Sport)
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!
On The Ball with Andrew Maraniss | James Threalkill (Vanderbilt Athletics)
NFL vets coach girls’ flag football (CBS News)
The Sports Doing Good newsletter is inclusive, by design. Not limited to a particular sport or region of the world nor a particular subject matter (other than sports, of course), I was always sure that good could be found everywhere, done by all, touching upon all of our lives. I am on a streak of 424 issues where I have been proven right.
But just because I have that approach to the newsletter, doesn’t mean others are equally as egalitarian when it comes to what they do and what they focus on. If you are above 50 years old, even 40 years, you are regularly ignored when it comes to discussions of strategies in the sports space to grow the industry. Everything is about “digital natives,” young people who never experienced the 20th century, let alone lived without advanced technologies. Many seem to be hyper-focused on that group. And you know what, they are not entirely wrong. Oh yes, they are wrong, but not entirely wrong. That young cohort is certainly worthy of major research and target marketing. Winning customers when they are young is often the recipe for success in securing lifetime fans, whether you are selling sports, soda, fast food, mobile products, auto, whatever. But it should not be ALL about them. Those who seem to know this are those not in those coveted age groups.
One of the articles we feature this week is an opinion piece from friend and colleague Joe Favorito. (“Sports Keep Missing the Boat on the Fastest Growing Demo…Time to Start a Trend”) Joe has the rare breadth and depth of knowledge and experience in the sports marketing and PR space and his article is a call to the sports and non-sports world to acknowledge the very vibrant 50+ year old group. You know them, the almost 150 million Americans who have their own jobs and money and driver’s licenses and regularly get together for reunions and other events to talk about past memories and to create new ones, often spending a little more than normal to enjoy those moments (often involving sports!!)
I won’t argue further for the 50+ crowd here because Joe does a great job of that in his article. Please take a read and if you are in that group, know that you are being seen by this newsletter. And if your kids want to know who Dave Chapelle is, as well as the Wu-Tang Clan, Michael Jordan, Brad Pitt, The Rock, Tom Brady, Salma Hayek, Daniel Craig, and The Cure, just tell them they are (Gen X) friends of yours.
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Racer, stunt driver, ambassador: Jessica Hawkins’ fight to deliver on her dreams (The Athletic)
Meet the youngest starting quarterback in college football, who throws like no one else (The Athletic)
Savannah Bananas Break All The Rules To Hit The Mainstream (Front Office Sports)
WNBA enters new chapter of front-office hiring (Andscape)
How Lionel Messi and soccer bring together a father and son (ESPN)
Quizzes on a treadmill: The long journey to US citizenship for Panthers’ Frankie Luvu (Charlotte Observer)
Pebble Beach Is Hosting Another Coveted Pro-Am This Week, With an Eye on Future Stars (SI)
Athletes seek ‘seat at table’ in new college sports model (ESPN)
Sports Keep Missing The Boat On the Fastest Growing Demo…Time To Start A Trend (Favorito)
America’s Major League Cricket Debut Surpassed Expectations On And Off The Field (Forbes)
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Sports Doing Good Newsletter #424
Sept. 24 – Oct. 7, 2023