#SportsDoingGood: 10/29/13

“Maybe together we can do our own good.”

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Sports can be a welcome diversion from the realities of life. There are no bills to play on the goal line. The angry boss isn’t appeased by a penalty kill. Relational issues will never be solved by a corner kick. The double-bonus, as much as we’d like it to be, doesn’t come up in our annual performance review.

They are just sports.

Believe it or not though, sports and life intersect on a regular basis. October brings pink (Breast Cancer Awareness) to the football field. November brings mustaches to the hockey rink. It’s all about raising awareness and raising money for research.

It’s also about “sports doing good”.

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#SportsDoingGood is my attempt to bring to light the good side of sports. The negative, controversial and sordid side of sports and sports journalism often gets the headlines. Not enough is done to promote the positive. Periodically, I’m putting together posts that will remind us that good can be done through sports. It’s up to each of us to bring these to light. This is my small part to go against the grain of sports reporting.

Here’s a look at a few stories you may or may not have heard about recently.

  • Sports teams are part of a city’s fabric. None more so than the Oklahoma City Thunder. As the only major professional sports team in Oklahoma City, the Thunder embrace their role as a community leader as evidenced by their commitment to help rebuild ‘outdoor basketball courts’ at several local schools. Courts that were destroyed by last May’s devastating tornadoes in nearby Moore, Oklahoma.AP
  • Controversy over their name continues to rage on in social media circles and television. It’s nice to see, however, that the Washington Redskins are doing some good off the field as well. “Redskins team up with Kaplan University to offer Military Family Scholarship Fund” –  Norfolk Navy Flagship
  • Every major sports league is looking for another opportunity to gain more fans. They look to other regions in the world to share their game. The NBA is no slouch in this area. Commissioner David Stern has a global mindset for the NBA. Sending teams to countries like China, a country of over a billion people brings numerous opportunities to expand their reach. But, it’s more than just playing games in other countries. It’s also about making a connection with the communities that lie within. Hat tip to the Golden State Warriors’, Julie Phayer, for this story on the Warriors community outreach. –NBA.com
  • Full disclosure: I am an Oakland Raiders fan. Although this is a story about the Raiders, when I saw what they were doing for kids in their community, I knew it had to be shared regardless. I’ve already tweeted the link to it but it’s worth sharing again. The program is called, First & Goal Kids. According to their website, “Beyond simply keeping students in school, our goal is to motivate students to thrive and succeed in their education.  We want to make a difference in the lives of the students who live and attend school in our community.” I’m a sucker for initiatives that help kids.Raiders.com

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Below are tweets I’ve come across that fit the #SportsDoingGood mold. No need for me to explain – they are pretty self-explanatory. Links within are clickable.

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FINAL THOUGHT: If you know of any sports person, team or organization doing good, please let me know via Twitter (@CadChica). I would love to share it in this blog and on my social media networks.

“Maybe together we can do our own good.”

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