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APRIL 2021 - NCAA D1 LACROSSE
Lacrosse originated as a game played by Native American communities in the Eastern half of North America. Games were major events and lasted several days. In the 1860s, a group of French Jesuit missionaries were believed to be the first Europeans to see the game. Jean de Brebeuf named the game lacrosse. The sport has evolved dramatically since then. Participation in high school Lacrosse increased by 127% for boys & 157% for girls from the 2002/2003 to the 2018/2019 academic year. There is even a men’s professional lacrosse league. For this month’s challenge we are looking at the NCAA Division 1 (Division 1 is the highest level of collegiate sports in the US) men’s & women’s championship game & the win/loss and goals for each D1 team for a 5-year period. This could be a new sport for most of our community, so we are keeping it simple and asking you to learn a bit more about the game and give us some insights on who the dominate teams are and if there has been any shift in who is winning the championships. As always let us know if you have any questions, tag us with #SportsVizSunday on Twitter and be sure to complete the tracker.
Download NCAA Lacrosse Data→
MARCH 2021 - ADAPTIVE SPORTS
#DiversityInData, #ProjectHealthViz, and #SportsVizSunday have partnered up and our challenge for March data will be on adaptive sports. We have provided a few data sets for you to use; marathon wheelchair results from the Boston, Chicago, London, and New York Marathons (sorry Tokyo we could not find a good data set for you), historical information from the Paralympics, and UK Paralympic spending and results for UK athletes.
Our goal is to draw attention to these incredible athletes and to adaptive sports. According to the US Center for Disease control nearly half of adults with a disability do not get aerobic physical activity and are more likely to have heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer than non-disabled adults. Adaptive sports programs provide an organized, safe, and supportive community for people with disabilities. In Massachusetts, the Spaulding Rehab Hospital runs year long programs that include Biking, Golf, and Skiing. Participants get a physical and mental benefit from these programs.
We are hoping that you not only create a visualization that promotes these athletes, but that you also consider how you can help grow adaptive sports in your area. If you bike, golf, ski, or run see if there are adaptive programs in your area that you can volunteer at.
We look forward to seeing your visualizations and ask that you complete the tracker for your primary project. Be sure to tag all three projects on Twitter and let us know if you have any questions!
Download UK Paralympians Data→
Download Paralympics Data→
FEBRUARY 2021 - NFL SALARY CAP
Guest hosted by Will Strouse and Jeff Plattner.
For the first time since the salary cap was introduced at $34.6 million dollars per team in 1994, the cap is projected to decrease from $198.2 million per team in 2020 to $176 million in 2021. Teams will be forced to make difficult decisions about how they value draft picks this year, which veteran players they can afford to keep, and which free agents they bring in.
Download this month's NFL data →
JANUARY 2021 - EPL AND WSL
To kick off 2021 we focus on the English Premier League and Women's Super League with a data set including 2020/21 season results, league table as at 31st Dec, managers, squads and summer transfers.
EPL and WSL data →
DECEMBER 2020 - FEMALE ATHLETES
For the December #SportsVizSunday challenge we are focusing on highlighting female athletes. We have 4 data sets for you to choose from, or you can curate your own data that showcases the talents of female athletes.
NOVEMBER 2020 - BOXING
This month we have provided you the complete history of WBO, WBA, WBC, and IBF champions since those belts were created. In addition, we also have data for the lineal heavyweight championship. Included is the champion, the champion's nationality, number of defences, and how long they held a title before they were dethroned.
OCTOBER 2020 - NFL RUSHING DATA
This month's data is brought to us by Pro Football Focus, a sports analytics company based in Cincinnati, OH. Part of what they do is grading NFL players every snap for performance. A fun aspect of this month is that we are also partnering with #WorkoutWednesday to bring you a dual challenge.
Download Data →
See the #WOW2020 Challenge →
SEPTEMBER 2020 - CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINALS 2020
The 2020 Champions League ended in a unique way with just 11 days separating the first quarter final and the final and no fans allowed in the stadium due to COVID-19. This month's data includes events and tracking data for the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final of the greatest competition in European club football.
JUNE 2020 - NBA SHOT LOCATIONS
This month's data, provided by Zak Geis, includes every shot in the NBA since the 1997/98 season. That's nearly 5 million shots for you to find stories in, analyse and produce amazing dashboards from.
MAY 2020 - EUROPEAN FOOTBALL LEAGUES
Covid-19 has thrown sport out the window. Perhaps the most notable is the postponement of football. This month's data invites you to look at the fixtures and results of the 5 biggest leagues in Europe and predict the outcomes of each.
Download European Football data →
View other Football data →
APRIL 2020 - GOOGLE SEARCH TRENDS
Jacob Olsufka has provided a collection of data for the top sports team names and individuals based on Google trends.
Every single team or player included in this dataset has its own unique story behind why their search interest trends in the pattern it does.
We also have some great NHL data from Kirk Munroe for you to dig into!
Download Google trends data →
Download NHL Data →
MARCH 2020 - FORMULA 1 SEASON OPENER
March marks the start of the 2020 F1 season. We have an update of the historical F1 race data, together with lap by lap times for the last 10 Australian GPs.
Download All Time F1 Data →
Download Australian Grand Prix Data →
SEPTEMBER 2019 - RYDER CUP
Kate Brown guest hosted September's challenge with a great Ryder Cup dataset. European's came out on top.
Download Data →
View other Golf Datasets →
AUGUST 2019 - EUROPEAN FOOTBALL LEAGUES
Spencer took control and provided a large dataset on European football data across England, Spain, Germany & Italy.
JULY 2019 - TENNIS
Shane Liyanage was our first guest host in July and provided a great dataset on the 2018 Tennis season.
JUNE 2019 - WORLD CUP
The 2018 Football World Cup in Russia almost saw football come home, before Croatia spoiled the party and the French were victorious. Here's a dataset.
MAY 2019 - CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
The Champions League came to an exciting finale between Liverpool & Real Madrid. We provided a dataset on past winners.
APRIL 2019 - THE MASTERS
Simon provided a dataset on the Masters Golf tournament in Augusta.
MARCH 2019 - FORMULA 1 SEASON OPENER
March marked lights out for the 2018 F1 season. James provided a large dataset on historical f1 race data.