I started a new project for Double G Sport next week that I’m pretty excited about. I’m trying the whole podcast thing again with a show entitled Beyond The Game. The main premise is to chat with sports fans from all walks of life about stories that transcend the game.
I will speak to writers, organizers, and professional athletes about the times when sports took them further than the field. This is a place where religion, politics, philanthropy and so much more with intersect with athletics.
For the premiere show on Tuesday, May 16th, I spoke with Sandra Velasquez of Hockey Fights Hate. Velasquez is a graphic designer who plays rec hockey in the concrete jungle, New York City. Recently, she has used her love of hockey to raise money for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Trevor Project, and most recently Planned Parenthood.
On Saturday, May 20th, she and her team of family and friends will host a volunteer-led all-women’s scrimmage. This is the first event for Hockey Fights hate that is all-female. QUOTE. After our interview, Sandra shared a Facebook post she wrote after our interview.
I am thrilled to use this new platform to discuss topics that are not the traditional beautiful stories of sports, or society, but bring us closer to one another. Religion, politics, grief, trauma and success are everywhere we are, including on the court. I am humbles to share the stories of people from all walks of life who dare to take their sport of choice beyond the game itself.
Until we air, here is a taste of what we have in store for the first few episodes:
America’s pastime: Reflecting on the legacy of Jackie Robinson in baseball
- I am joined by Katy Lasdow, curator at the Brooklyn Historical Society and Daniel Yanofsky, Mets beat writer for Double G Sports to discuss Robinson’s legacy, as well as the state of Major League Baseball in 2017
Gavin and the 11 Day Power Play
- Erik Wollshlager joins the show to discuss his first published children’s story in support of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute.