A group of sports fanatics is tackling the negative perception of professional athletics by highlighting the ways professional athletes, coaches and sports teams give back to their communities, act as role models and enrich the lives of their fans. The Good in Sports, a new non-profit organization, provides a one stop shop for positive news stories about sports from around the country and brings a fresh perspective by providing unique, insightful analysis to their readership.
The mission of The Good in Sports is to educate the public about the positive influence athletics has on the community and encourage, promote and engage in philanthropic activities in professional and collegiate athletics. The organization believes in highlighting the many ways coaches, athletes and teams give back, providing an alternative, more uplifting perspective on sports news than is normally reported, while promoting positive role models for our youth.
The website was the brainchild of Joe Chapman, a Florida native, sports fanatic and diehard San Francisco Giants fan, who became disheartened by all of the bad publicity and negative news stories about athletics dominating the internet. Seeing the need for a different spin and more uplifting voice in sports news, Chapman set out to bring a new prospective to sports media.
“A vast majority of sports-related websites focus on the negative aspects of sports,” said Chapman. “The world needs more positivity and children need role models. Hopefully this organization will help provide both.”
The Good in Sports is not just about disseminating a positive message, but also about making a difference. Recent stories highlighted Operation Blessing and Home Depot’s efforts in rebuilding a little league park in Joplin, Missouri and raised money for “High Socks for Hope,” part of The David and Erin Robertson Foundation, dedicated to assisting those affected by the tornadoes throughout the state of Alabama.
The organization also recently successfully worked with the Atlanta Braves to make a dream come true for one of their biggest fans. Thanks to the efforts of The Good in Sports, Norris, a baseball fanatic with Down syndrome who dreamed of one day playing for the Atlanta Braves will get his wish. On Saturday, August 20, Norris will receive an authentic Braves Jersey signed by members of the team and get to participate in the Atlanta Braves Field Day where he will learn pitching, hitting, and fielding techniques from Braves players at Turner Field. He will also get a behind the scenes tour of Turner Field and get to attend the Braves vs. Diamondbacks that night. For more on Norris’ story, please visit here.
“Sports have had an incredibly powerful positive impact on my life,” said Chapman. “This organization is a way to give back in a real way both to the community and to the teams and athletes that have provided a lifetime of inspiration, motivation and enjoyment to millions of people.”