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The Story Of The World’s First Vegan Sports Team

By wbur 90.9

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The menu at sports events has traditionally been a bit limited … and unhealthy.

Especially at soccer games in England.

“On a match day, you’re looking at a lot of sausages, burgers, bacon sandwiches. Quick and easy fried food,” says Forest Green Rovers striker Reuben Reid.

His team is broadening its menu with healthier fare. But that’s just one part of a much larger mission.

Rescuing The Rovers

In 2010, Forest Green Rovers, then a fifth-tier football club in Nailsworth, England, was in financial trouble. Dale Vince, who loved the sport as a kid, was approached by the team.

“They said they needed a little bit of help to get through the summer,” Vince says. “And I thought it would be a nice thing to do — because we could, so we should. But within a couple of months, it was clear that they needed much more than just a little bit of money.

“And they said to me, ‘You really need to be the Chairman.’ And I said, ‘I really don’t. I’ve got so much else to do.’ But I then faced the choice — if I walked away, they would fold.”

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Mary Harvey, the First CEO of the Centre for Sport and Human Rights

By Matthew Campelli, Sport Sustainability Journal

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The former US national goalkeeper, who formulated the human rights strategy for the United 2026 bid, becomes the centre’s inaugural chief executive.

Whenever the awarding of a major sports event results in a large infrastructure project, allegations of human rights abuses seem to surface. During the early stages of its preparations to hosts the FIFA World Cup, Qatar was dogged by claims that migrant workers were living in appalling conditions, having their salaries delayed or not paid at all (an allegation backed up by a damning Amnesty International report in 2016).

A large-scale labour reform process adopted since has improved the situation, but there’s a recognition that keeping tabs on human rights during the whole event preparation process, throughout the whole supply chain, is incredibly challenging for sports organisations and organising committees.

Understanding the state of play, the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB) established the Centre for Sport and Human Rights. And last week, during the organisation’s Sporting Chance Forum in Paris, it unveiled former US football international Mary Harvey as its inaugural chief executive.

Who is Mary Harvey?

Credited for devising and putting together the human rights strategy for the successful United 2026 bid (the US, Canada and Mexico’s bid to host the FIFA World Cup), Harvey appears to be the natural choice for the Centre for Sport and Human Rights.

The United 2026 strategy is based on United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and was lauded for its detailed scale and scope. It commits the organising committee to obligations related to equality of opportunity and inclusivity, child safeguarding, freedom of expression, labour rights, land and housing rights, international travel and movement, privacy rights, and security.

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MLS Honored as Most Responsible Soccer League in the World

By Alicia Rodriguez, MLS

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new report comparing the various community responsibilities among global soccer leagues has concluded that Major League Soccer is the world’s most responsible league.

According to the annual ResponsiBALL report from SchweryCade, a Swiss-based social entrepreneurial firm, MLS ranked highest across the board in the three pillars used in consideration: Good governance, community outreach and awareness, and environmental considerations.

The ranking means last year’s No. 1 league, the Danish SuperLiga, moved to No. 2, and the English Premier League came in at No. 3.

Highlighted in the report for MLS is the new stadiums opened around the league in Atlanta, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles that received LEED certifications for environmental sustainability. In addition, the league’s Earth Day promotion of every team in the league wearing adidas Parley kits, made from recycled ocean plastic material, showed a commitment to environmental responsibility.

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