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The Colorado Sun

Dan England

15 July 2019

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Exercise has long been regarded as healthy, but it's now being used as a way to combat addiction. From specialized gyms that require 48 hours of sobriety to addiction recovery centers emphasizing exercise, people batt...

Los Angeleno

Alexis Garcia

18 June 2019

Los Angeles, California, United States

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L.A. Superior Court Judge Craig Mitchell started the Skid Row Running Club, which leads runs every morning with formerly incarcerated addicts. Many of the participants have led successful lives after running, giving c...

The Washington Post

Roman Stubbs

18 June 2019

Fort Covington, New York, United States

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Allowing women on the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation to play lacrosse, historically an all-male sport in the Mohawk tradition, has had an empowering effect. In a time when “eighty-four percent of American Indian and Ala...

The Denver Post

Parth Upadhyaya

16 June 2019

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Facing a shortage of youth sports league officials due to difficult parents and other less than ideal working conditions, an organization called Protect the Game is recruiting veterans by offering them free training, ...

Seven Days

Ken Picard

12 June 2019

South Burlington, Vermont, United States

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The Vermont nonprofit, RecycleBalls, has partnered with over 950 tennis facilities to collect and recycle used tennis balls. The organization has collected more than 1.7 million thus far, and using a processor is able...

Los Angeles Times

Nita Lelyveld

16 May 2019

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Rates of loneliness are increasing across the United States, as people rely on technology rather than human interaction for their day-to-day lives. To directly combat this, a man in Los Angeles created the People Walk...

WHYY

Joel Wolfram

10 May 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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To better serve all communities and increase safety for families, the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation is offering free swim lessons at community pools. Building off of the success of University of Penn...

Idaho Statesman

Nicole Blanchard

5 May 2019

Boise, Idaho, United States

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A group called Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, now 36,000 strong, is bringing together people from different political and ideological backgrounds over a common interest in the preservation and conservation of public l...

The Colorado Sun

Joe Purtell

1 May 2019

Boulder, Colorado, United States

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After a string of fatal and near fatal accidents rocked the Colorado climbing community--a community already all too familiar with such accidents--climber Madaleine Sorkin established the Climbing Grief Fund. By conne...

The Washington Post

Peter Holley

29 April 2019

London, United Kingdom

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The London Marathon debuted a new, environmentally conscious way of keeping runners hydrated: edible seaweed pouches filled with sports drink. The pouches, or “Ooho,” created by Skipping Rocks Labs, can be eaten along...

Changing Florida

Alex Figares

24 April 2019

West Palm Beach, Florida, United States

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A Florida Gulf Coast University graduate and his brother started a fishing apparel company where they plant a mangrove tree for every item sold. Mangroves are a key species to combatting climate change, providing a ha...

Yes! Magazine

Mason Adams

12 April 2019

Grundy, Virginia, United States

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Strip mining, a method in which the entire top few hundred feet of mountain are blown up to expose coal seams, has left Virginia and other Appalachian states with nearly a million acres of flat, problematic lands. Env...

Deutsche Welle (DW)

Felix Tamsut

9 April 2019

Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

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A highly popular German sports club named Borussia Dortmund is taking advantage of its fanbase and following to promote anti-extremist messages, praise diversity, and celebrate inclusion. They do so in a variety of wa...

Gizmodo

Yessenia Funes

5 April 2019

New York, New York, United States

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The New York Yankees are the first and only baseball team to sign onto the United Nation’s Sports for Climate Action Framework. In doing so they hope to lead their fanbase into committing to five principles: making sy...

SURFER Magazine

Ashtyn Douglas

2 April 2019

Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka

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Support from the international surfing community has empowered women in Sri Lanka to push back against patriarchal social norms and participate in outdoor recreation. Working to change a culture that discourages women...

The Colorado Sun

Jason Blevins

27 March 2019

Sandy, Utah, United States

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RIDE, shorthand for Reduce Individual Driving for the Environment, is an app that incentivizes skiers to carpool. Beyond just the convenience, the easy-to-use phone application provides material incentives such as ski...

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Homa Bash

26 March 2019

Cleveland, United States

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A new fitness craze called plogging has taken Cleveland, Ohio by storm. Participants pick up trash while jogging, adding physical health to environmental benefits.

Outside

Martin Fritz Huber

20 March 2019

London, Greater London, United Kingdom

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In the United Kingdom, an initiative known as parkrun, is working to bring people together for a weekly free 5K run in order to inspire physical fitness as well as community interaction. Although the US is not seeing ...

The New York Times

A. C. Shilton

14 March 2019

Jackson, Wyoming, United States

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Once again the bicycle is playing a part in empowering women! In this case, several organizations across the United States are using mountain biking to build preteen and teenage girls' confidence and drive. The dedica...

FastCompany

Adele Peters

13 March 2019

Nassau, Bahamas

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The Guardian is a robot that uses electric shocks to catch the lionfish, an invasive species that has been detrimental across the Atlantic. The project has transformed into a non-profit called Robots in Service of the...

The Guardian

Tricia Taormina

8 March 2019

Bihar, India

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Coaches and players around the world are using sports to teach boys about masculinity and the importance of integrity, both on and off the field. From cricket in India to rugby in Fiji, games are used as a foundation ...

Arizona Daily Star

Caitlin Schmidt

8 March 2019

Waco, Texas, United States

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In the aftermath of multiple sexual assault incidents, Baylor University has moved toward turning what was once a culture of avoidance into a culture of accountability. The university has increased the staff, funding,...

Arizona Daily Star

Caitlin Schmidt

8 March 2019

Eugene, Oregon, United States

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Confidential points of contact allow victims to reach out about Title IX violations and sexual assault on their own terms. Following multiple incidents involving members of its basketball team, the University of Orego...

Sea Maven

Libby Leyden

6 March 2019

Muizenberg, South Africa

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Surfing lessons are bridging racial divides and providing a therapeutic outlet for disadvantaged children in South Africa. In a society largely segregated by race, children in Cape Town’s black communities disproporti...

KVII-TV

Maria Serrano

25 February 2019

Amarillo, Texas, United States

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A program called Live Well Fit in Amarillo, Texas runs a fitness and exercise class for senior citizens, whom they call golden girls. The women in the class, whose ages range from 50 to 85, can work out using bikes, w...

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