The Unequal Competition in the Women’s World Cup

The Unequal Competition in the Women’s World Cup

While the Team USA women are fighting a legal battle against U.S. Soccer for equal pay and equal resources, many countries competing in the Women’s World Cup are fighting for any kind of pay at all. Countries like Thailand, South Africa, Jamaica, Nigeria, and Argentina are all playing soccer for virtually nothing. Jamaica's team is the first from the Caribbean to ever qualify for a Women's World Cup. Singer and daughter of Bob Marley, Cedella Marley has been fundraising for the team to cover basic expenses to just get to the World Cup. When asked by the NY Times what their families think of their professional soccer dreams, Ali Riley, a New Zealand defender summed it up, “Proud, but unsure if it is economically viable.” Daniela Pardo, a Chile midfielder has two jobs and goes to school on top of playing professional soccer. The Numbers While Team USA’s women can in some cases make about $300,000 a year playing soccer professionally,...
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What We Learned from The Atlantic’s Athletes + Activism Event

What We Learned from The Atlantic’s Athletes + Activism Event

We had the opportunity to attend The Atlantic’s Athletes + Activism summit in Washington, D.C. on May 30th. The event was held at the Entertainment and Sports Arena, the brand new home for the Washington Mystics in the Congress Heights neighborhood of Ward 8. The event featured speakers like Olympic Bronze Medalist in Fencing Ibtihaj Muhammad, Olympic Gold Medalist and World Cup Champion US Women’s Soccer star Briana Scurry, Olympic Bronze Medalist, Author and Civil Rights icon Dr. John Carlos, Former NFL Player, Author and Founder of The Imagination Agency Martellus Bennett, and many more. The Atlantic’s Jemele Hill moderated the panels and the entire Washington Mystics team was in attendance, with stars Kristi Toliver and Natasha Cloud both speaking during the event as well.   The Atlantic's Jemele Hill speaks to Olympic Bronze Medalist, Author and Civil Rights Icon Dr. John Carlos and Curator of Sports at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Damion Thomas. Here...
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May 2019 Sports Philanthropy Round Up

May 2019 Sports Philanthropy Round Up

MLB Ryan Zimmerman hosts 10th annual ‘A Night At The Park’ to find cure for MS Aaron Judge, Michael Strahan, and Sports Stars Play in CC Sabathia's Charity Softball Game Corey Kluber's K's For Kids Cardinals Care donates to 59 local nonprofit groups Sport for Development Spotlighting the ‘Abilities’ in ‘Disabilities’ Native American women run to strengthen and heal their communities Women fight against prejudice on an extraordinary weekend for sport Sports tourism: Finding the leverage with social impact Social Enterprise Assist launched Inside the story: The Merger - a sports film as a vehicle for social change Team Up Houston introduces at-risk youth to off-field sports careers NFL aims to transform London lives through sport 21by21 initiative aims to train sport coaches with mental health skills WHO launches Sports for Health initiative in 5 Egyptian universities Privately funded sport facilities fill gap in post-quake Christchurch Getting the ‘Development’ Right in Sport for Development MISSION SA: Wounded warriors rebuild brotherhood, heal together through adaptive sports Equal Playing Field Initiative Is Empowering Women In Sports -- One World Record At...
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The Power of Sport to Promote Mental Health Month

The Power of Sport to Promote Mental Health Month

May is Mental Health Month, a topic that has been increasingly discussed in the public eye. Approximately 46.6 million adults in the US face the reality of managing mental illness every day. That is a staggering 1 in 5 adults in the US population. The importance of mental health awareness has also been swirling around the world of sports, affecting athletes, teams, leagues and brands alike. Earlier this year, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver voiced concern during a speaking engagement that many of the players in his league “are genuinely unhappy”. Beyond Sport, one of the nation’s preeminent sport for good organizations, is hosting their first ever Stay in the Game event on June 11th, to explore sport’s role in promoting mental health and wellness.   NBA player Kevin Love went on the TODAY show at the beginning of the month to discuss his struggles with anxiety and depression, and why he chose to share that publicly. The spot included the National...
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April 2019 Sports Philanthropy Round Up

April 2019 Sports Philanthropy Round Up

April 6th: #IDSDP FIH shares stories showing power of sport to promote peace on International Day of Sport for Development and Peace World Rugby announce Spirit of Rugby partners to mark the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace Peace and Sport President Bouzou praises impact of #WhiteCard initiative Happy International Day of Sport for Development and Peace! International Day of Sport: Lagos SWAN renews call to tackle unemployment through sports Supporting children around the world through sport Adaptive tennis players breaking serves, barriers in ‘Wheel it Forward’ tournament 6 Team USA Athletes Who Are Using The Power Of Sport For Good Young Change-maker Betsmara Cruz: "Promoting Healthy Living in Puerto Rico" Giving Athletes: Why Sports Philanthropy Deserves Our Attention Driving social change through sport Israel holds first ‘White Card Day,’ joining UN’s global sports-for-peace push Impact workshop on sport and sustainable development Run for Peace ANOC Celebrates International Day of Sport for Development and Peace with Opening of New Sports School for Syrian Refugees What happened on the International Day of Sport for Development...
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