On Social Sport, I feature conversations with endurance athletes of all types committed to fostering social change. The athletes I speak with on this show are climate change activists, mental health advocates, and promoters of more inclusive outdoor spaces. Through Social Sport, I share the stories and thoughts of people who explore the connection between sport and activism in their lives.
We will be postponing the two episodes planned for this week. Instead, you will find a list of resources on educating yourself on racism and taking action against white supremacy (below).
While I feel overwhelmed, I cannot begin to imagine what it’s like to live in fear because of the color of my skin. I will never be able to understand that experience. I welcome criticism and thoughts on where I can do better.
Note: These resources are far from comprehensive.
Resources I’ve found most helpful in this painful time
#BlackLivesMatter document on how to demand justice (petitions, calls, emails, etc.): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-0KC83vYfVQ-2freQveH43PWxuab2uWDEGolzrNoIks/mobilebasic?fbclid=IwAR1CBUDb4I2-ncGBuZgxtAY4YCKjsHCJtBKBo2n4bxd97jpzcjFq67UyPag
“How to Respond to ‘Riots Never Solve Anything!’,” So Let’s Talk About: https://soletstalkabout.com/2020/05/28/how-to-respond-to-riots-never-solve-anything/?fbclid=IwAR2wClEPytre8b0cdD-0ERRku4eyZHukleATZ_7gNNOg4RMuy2PaCFRe7z0
“Know Your Rights (Protestors Rights),” ACLU: https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights/protesters-rights/
“The Climate Justice Movement Must Oppose White Supremacy Everywhere — By Supporting M4BL,” Sunrise Movement: https://medium.com/sunrisemvmt/the-climate-justice-movement-must-oppose-white-supremacy-everywhere-by-supporting-m4bl-4e338cf91b19
“Policing in the US is not about enforcing law. It’s about enforcing white supremacy,” Paul Butler for The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/may/30/policing-in-the-us-is-not-about-enforcing-law-its-about-enforcing-white-supremacy
“Ahmaud Arbery and Whiteness in the Running World,” Alison Mariela Désir for Outside Online: https://www.outsideonline.com/2413115/ahmaud-arbery-murder-whiteness-running-community
“Anti-Racism Books to Add to Your Reading List,” The United State of Women: https://www.instagram.com/usowomen/
“Questions I ask Myself as a White Person Posting about Racism on Social Media,” Caroline Pritchard: https://www.instagram.com/p/CAyVBqHDpQp/
“5 Ways to Take Action,” The Conscious Kid: https://www.instagram.com/p/CAx4-8GpHvK/
“41 Children’s Books to Support Conversations on Race, Racism, and Resistance,” The Conscious Kid: https://www.instagram.com/p/CA0WzafJJqB/
Jordan Larson is a mental health advocate, trail guide, environmentalist, and business owner based in Boulder, Colorado. Through his company, Cairn Outdoor Guides, Jordan has created a platform to address both public health and the climate crisis. Cairn Outdoor Guides emphasizes the mental health benefits of outdoor activity, while increasing the environmental knowledge of its clients. In this conversation, Jordan talks about his goal to increase the practice of prescribing outdoor exploration as a mental health treatment. I definitely recommend this episode to anyone interested in mental health and the outdoors.
--Cairn Outdoor Guides:
--Also discussed in this episode:
Reactive vs preventative methods of mental health care
Trauma prevention in mental health care
Prescribing outdoor activity for mental health
Jordan's dog Mac: https://www.instagram.com/mac_ofthe_mountains/?hl=en
"Prescribing Nature" Article: https://www.globalwellnesssummit.com/2019-global-wellness-trends/prescribing-nature/
"Bringing Outdoor Therapies into Mainstream Mental Health" Study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5944462/
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) : https://www.nami.org/Home
This episode features Alex and Lisa, two of the original 10Ironwomen. 10Ironwomen is a group of women championing female strength & determination, based In London but with a membership that spans the globe! Since signing up for and completing their first Ironman, Barcelona in October 2019, they have been on a mission to address the gender imbalance in Ironman events and sport in general. They hope to achieve a 50-50 gender split in an Ironman event. The 10Ironwomen team wants all women to believe they can achieve ANY challenge they set their minds to, and that there are no limits!
Alex Morgan always loved sports as a child, but her shyness held her back from competing in sports at the college and university levels. She eventually discovered that she loves athletic challenges! After having completed only one triathlon, she found herself signed up for Ironman Barcelona with 10Ironwomen.
Lisa Morman (@lisa_morman) is a Charted Financial Adviser who has developed her love for sport over the last 5 years, despite not being ‘the sporty type’ when she was younger. She is one of the 10Ironwomen who took on Ironman Barcelona in October 2019.
-Instagram: @10ironwomen https://www.instagram.com/10ironwomen/
-Facebook community group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/476040300007392/
-Facebook public page: https://www.facebook.com/10-Ironwomen-728530714250581/
Discussed in this episode---
-Ironman Barcelona: https://www.ironman.com/im-barcelona
-Don and Mel Fink Ironfit Sports Training: https://www.donfink.com
-Be Iron Fit training book by Don Fink and Melanie Fink: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/be-iron-fit-don-fink/1110845345
Amir Figueroa is an endurance athlete with a wide range of experiences in the outdoors, from qualifying for the Boston Marathon to a top-10 finish in the Mohonk Preserve 50-mile race. He works as a Senior Research Scientist at Columbia University Medical Center. When he’s not running or collaborating with other scientists, he co-leads Harlem Run, which is a collective of runners passionate about the Harlem, NY community. It is a strong, positive, and diverse groups of runners, walkers and joggers of all sizes, ages and abilities. In this episode, Amir talks all about his passion for running, building community through sport, and his advocacy work of various types.
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/AmirMFigueroa
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/amirmfigueroa/
Follow Harlem Run---
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/harlemrun
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/harlem_run
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/harlemrun/
Discussed in the Episode:
Local Non-Profits Harlem Run has partnered with....
-Harlem United: https://www.harlemunited.org
- #TakeCareOfHarlem: https://www.takecareofharlem.com
- Boys & Girls Club of Harlem: https://www.bgcharlem.org
- Run 4 All Women Film, Co Produced by Alison Mariella Desir & Jeffrey Restrepo: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/run4allwomen/249221515
Michelle “SuperClassy” Markel is a long-distance hiker with more than 8,000 mostly-solo trail miles, from the swamps of Big Cypress on the Florida Trail to the northern Cascades of Washington on the Pacific Crest Trail. In 2017, recognizing that the long trails could not exist without the public lands beneath them, she launched supportpubliclands.com, which she is currently rebuilding completely, in an effort to inspire outdoors advocacy by encouraging outdoors activity. When she is not on trail, she can typically be found exploring and van-dwelling somewhere on our 850 million acres of public lands.
· Website: supportpubliclands.com
· “Support Public Lands” Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTwW2CxvE0t9dkxiVPHCZuQ
· “SuperClassy Adventures” Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCkhe-a3XND0SzIgUZkQuGA
· Instagram: @supportpubliclands and @superclassyadventures
· Facebook: @supportpublands
· Michelle’s beautiful 2019 TEDxSkyforest Talk, “Opening the Heart at 3mph”: https://youtu.be/29f74L_DE9c
Brody Leven is a professional adventure skier, storyteller, and climate activist. His skiing and biking adventures have taken him all over the world. Brody spends much of his time working to protect public lands and fight climate change. This passion brings him to DC almost every year to address the United States Congress. Through his sponsors, he writes and produces films that combine his love for outdoor sports with environmental advocacy.
Stay up to date with Brody's adventures and advocacy work! http://www.brodyleven.com
In this episode we discuss...
Protect our Winters: https://protectourwinters.org
Winter Wildlands Alliance: https://winterwildlands.org
HEAL Utah: https://www.healutah.org
Sierra club of Utah: https://utah.sierraclub.org
Bears Ears Education Center: https://bearsearsmonument.org
#100K for Bears Ears: http://www.brodyleven.com/100k-for-bears-ears-press
This fun cooking video with Brody, his partner Katie, and their dog Spaghetti; https://www.outsideonline.com/2392879/lunch-katie-boue-and-brody-leven
Aaron is a human-powered adventure athlete, as well as an advocate for wildlife and the outdoors. Residing on the Idaho-Wyoming border, Aaron organizes cycling events to raise funds for conservation projects in Jackson Hole and throughout the Teton Valley. Aaron also holds a background in wildlife rehabilitation and conducts volunteer public outreach work with the Teton Raptor Center. From my conversation with Aaron, it is so evident just how passionate he is about the Teton valley and its people, trails, and wildlife. He’s always seeking the next big hiking or biking adventure, while encouraging others to reach outside their comfort zones too.
On Instagram: @aaronrcouch and @destinationreroute
On Facebook: facebook.com/aaronrcouch and facebook.com/destinationreroute
On Twitter: @aaronrcouch
On his blog: https://destinationreroute.com
Some organizations mentioned in this episode...
Teton Raptor Center: https://tetonraptorcenter.org/
Teton Valley Trails and Pathways: https://tvtap.org/
Mountain Bike the Tetons: https://mountainbiketetons.org/
Fitzgerald's Bicycles: http://fitzgeraldsbicycles.com
Clare Maney is an island guide, creator and entrepreneur who lives on the Big Island of Hawaii. Clare's life took a 180 when she decided to leave her advertising career behind, sell everything she owned, and live out of her Honda CR-V for a year. This initial road trip led to adventures across the globe for 3 years before she landed in Hawaii and found a new home. Her passion for nature, discovery and outdoor sports led her to launch Kona Ocean Camp, a free-diving and conservation camp on Hawaii’s big island.
Follow Clare on Instagram @mountainskirtz
Follow Kona Ocean Camp at https://www.konaoceancamp.com and on Instagram at @konaoceancamp
Partners mentioned in this episode:
Hawaii Outdoor Guides: Tour van and guide provider
Keahole Sustainability Center: The non-profit at the center of the Hawaii Ocean Science & Technology campus
Friends of Ho'Okena: Non-profit associated with Ho'okena Beach Park, where Kona Ocean Camp folks camp
Kona Freedivers: Local freediving school that provides instruction
See for yourself, free-diving is BEAUTIFUL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnvQggy3Ezw
Maddie Phaneuf is a professional biathlete from Old Forge, NY. She has been racing internationally since 2014 and represented Team USA at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Today, she races with the non-profit organization NYSEF in Lake Placid, NY. Maddie combines her love of the outdoors with an ongoing effort to protect it by advocating for environmental sustainability. She is currently working on issues such as climate change and clean air with the non-profit organization Protect Our Winters.
In this episode we discuss...
-What IS biathlon? Watch this video for some beginner info!
-NYSEF (New York Ski Educational Foundation), Maddie's team
-Protect our Winters (POW), a community of outdoor people advancing non-partisan policies to protect the places and lifestyles they love from climate change
-Wondering how to call your legislators to push for action against climate change? Visit the Common Cause "Find your Representatives" tool!
-Maddie's blog post on her personal battle with PTSD and seeking professional help for mental health
Follow Protect our Winters:
Sunny is a record-setting adventure athlete; esteemed photographer; and a vocal advocate for women’s empowerment. Sunny holds a BA and an MBA from Harvard University and worked in consulting until 2015, when she quit her corporate job, moved into her van, and began trail running and rock climbing full-time. Sunny holds fastest known times on the Anapurna circuit; in the Colorado Rockies, and on Mount Aconcagua, which is the highest mountain outside of Asia.
Her outdoor photography has been featured in National Geographic, Trailrunner Magazine, Outside Online, and Forbes. The founder of AWE expeditions and the Summit Scholarship, Sunny leads all-women’s mountaineering trips and works to empower women from all walks of life with the opportunity of mountaineering.
Discussed in this episode:
-Sunny's life change:
"This Harvard MBA Quit Bain To Embrace #VanLife," Poets and Quants
"A Woman on a Mission to Integrate the Boys Club of Action Sports," NBC News
-AWE Expeditions runs all-women high mountain trips across all three continents, you can follow on Instagram @awexpeditions
-The Summit Scholarship makes high altitude mountaineering accessible to women from all walks of life.
-Sunny's Fastest Known Times
-Dreamland Safari Tours, based in Kanab, Utah, provides scenic off-road adventure tours
-Follow Sunny on Instagram @sstroeer or visit her website http://www.sunnystroeer.com
C.C. Téllez is an openly lesbian distance runner from La Paz, Bolivia, currently living in Philadelphia. She is the founder of Lez Run Running Club, the Co-Race Director of the Philly Pride Run, and a proud ambassador for Athlete Ally and 261Fearless. She is the recipient of the 2017 William Way LGBT Community Center-Service Award and the 2018 OutProud award.
C.C. has made it her mission to ensure that underrepresented athletes are seen, accounted for, and respected. She works hard to promote awareness, acceptance and change, and believes that visibility is the best way to knock down discrimination.
In this episode we discuss...
- LezRun, a Philadelphia (and beyond) running club for the LGBTQ community, their friends, and family.
-Philly Pride Run, loud and proud running through the historic Pride Parade route in Center City, Philadelphia
-261 Fearless, a global nonprofit using running to empower women
-OPAL (Out Philly Athletic League)
-"Where Love is Illegal," CC's Safaricom Marathon, Kenya story
-Katherine Switzer's story, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon
-Right to Run 19K at Seneca Falls
To learn more about C.C. and her activism through running make sure to follow...
C.C. @chaski15 on Instagram
LezRun @lezrun on Instagram and Facebook
Philly Pride Run @phillypriderun on Instagram and Facebook