Richard Sherman and 15 Athletes Who Love to Help People in Need
Richard Sherman and 15 Athletes Who Love to Help People in Need
Many human beings have a unique habit of glossing over the positive extraordinarily quickly when the slightest negative pops up. A day of excellent service by a waiter can be made miserable thanks to someone who walks into a restaurant irked, eager to complain to the manager and doesn't tip.
Our favorite artists perform night after night, but when they have to cancel one show for reasons unknown, fuming fans rally on Twitter decrying both their name and activity. It's a somewhat valid gripe on the surface, but it's not their fault you bought through Ticketmaster, bud.
By the same token, how often do you hear sports fans talk about the passes that weren't caught, the tackles that weren't made or the kicks that sailed wide right as opposed to when everything went according to plan? Stick a microphone in front of one of the best players in the NFL's face during what was easily one of the most thrilling and enjoyable games of the most recent NFL postseason, and controversy erupts.
Richard Sherman's been vilified and defended enough for what he said following the Seattle Seahawks' win over the San Francisco 49ers. My take? The guy did nothing wrong, so there's my official statement on the matter, but that's neither here nor there.
Let's look past the fact that Sherman's one of the best defensive players in football. In fact, let's look away from the field where he earns his paycheck entirely, along with 14 other athletes that go above and beyond in giving us something to compliment instead of complain about.
15. Richard Sherman
The commotion surrounding Sherman these days borders on the laughably absurd. The Richard Sherman Family Foundation is about giving kids the opportunity to succeed. It provides shoes, school supplies and the like. What makes this organization unique is that Sherman doesn't want it referred to as "charity", but rather a reward for good behavior. Kids sign a "contract" of sorts with him. They keep their grades up and stay out of trouble -- the clothes and supplies keep coming.
If Sherman's a "thug", the world needs more thugs.
14. Rex Burkhead
If you're a Nebraska Cornhuskers fan, you already know who Burkhead is. His friendship with Jack Hoffman from Atkinson, NE, a little guy battling with pediatric brain cancer, would eventually blossom into Team Jack, a foundation that raises money for the study of the young man's ailment. Awareness of the foundation would go global as Burkhead, along with the state of Nebraska and eventually the world, watched as Hoffman scored the winning touchdown in the Cornhuskers' 2013 spring game.
13. Tim Duncan
Duncan's been around San Antonio for forever and a day. Since he showed up, he's been all about giving back to the community that's given him his opportunity to shine. His foundation focuses on bringing in finances for education, health awareness and youth recreation. Much like Sherman, Duncan is championing positive attitudes in school with his Character Program. Kids who excel in the program may find themselves taking in a day at SeaWorld.
12. Dwyane Wade
The headquarters of Wade's generosity comes in the form of the Wade’s World Foundation, which focuses on at-risk youth's health, education and overall success. However, Wade's stepped up personally on many occasions. In December of 2008, a woman's nephew accidentally burned her house to the ground. Wade bought her a brand new abode.
11. John Cena
Plenty of wrestling fans don't like John Cena's gimmick of being ... well, himself, but it's amazingly difficult to dislike the man once the cameras turn off. As the most requested Make-A-Wish Foundation celebrity, Cena's easily experienced more smiles and joy from friends and family than boos for any titles he's held.
10. David Ortiz
Another fighter in the battle to let kids be kids, Ortiz set up the David Ortiz Children's Fund to bring in money to provide critical pediatric need. A simple visit to CEDIMAT Hospital in 2005 kick started his desire. He originally simply went in an attempt put smiles on a few young faces. Once he saw what they were suffering from, he wanted to do whatever he could to get them back to being ... well, kids.
9. Stephen Curry
Curry's known for being a helping hand on the court, but the assist master does far more than set up teammates to score. Perhaps his most unique work is with Nothing But Nets, a grassroots campaign to get as many mosquito nets as possible to those in desperate need of preventing malaria.
8. Tim Tebow
While the dreams of Jacksonville Jaguars fans are going unfulfilled, Tebow has a litany of organizations aimed at making life easier for others (shocking, no?). If what he's already done throughout his short life hasn't been enough, he stepped up and single-handedly provided some of the best entertainment of Super Bowl 48:
7. Peyton Manning
Insert your own joke about charitable contributions to the Seahawks' secondary here. Simply belting out "Omaha!" in the AFC Championship and Super Bowl 48 helped Manning's PeyBack foundation, but his contributions to helping out out his fellow human being go beyond that. One example is the PeyBack Foundation Scholarship awarded annually to nominated high school students. They receive $10,000 each year for four years at their college of choice.
6. Kyle Busch
Not only is Busch's foundation working to help at-risk youth, but Kyle and his wife Samantha have teamed with Pretty In Pink to assist breast cancer patients in the Charlotte area.
5. Larry Fitzgerald
As if sticking around for Arizona Cardinals fans to enjoy isn't charity enough, Fitzgerald's First Down Fund is another kids-oriented program. Not only does it target health issues, but helps ensure young people have well-funded summertime opportunities. Fitzgerald has also travelled to the Middle East on several occasions to visit U.S. troops, and has helped help fit kids with hearing aids in Africa and Asia.
4. Albert Pujols
The Pujols Family Foundation has been in operation since 2005, working to help those living with Down syndrome in the United States and to improve the lives of those in the Dominican Republic. Events such as basketball all-star games and cooking classes are a shining example of what Pujols' intentions are off the diamond.
3. Brad Richards
New York Rangers' Brad Richards has come up with a unique idea to offer a rather extravagant event and help the needy in return. Richard's Wines of the World event is exactly what it sounds like, but getting in isn't cheap. Tickets run $325 or $600 for a pair (VIPs run $700 or $1,250 per pair). With celebrity friends joining and a silent auction also a part of the event, the Brad Richards Foundation ultimately benefits. The foundation works towards treatment for children and helping families enduring chronic and life-threatening illness.
2. Alex Smith
The Alex Smith Foundation takes on helping youth from a different perspective. Foster kids have different obstacles to overcome in life than most, which is why the organization develops and promotes education housing internship, mentoring as well as job and advocacy programs. The foundation even reached out to those with genes that allow for fancy facial hair with a mustache fundraiser.
1. David Beckham
A UNICEF Ambassador, the soccer star parlays his international sports icon status into a grand opportunity to assist others. Beckham also works to end malaria as a founding member of the Malaria No More UK Leadership Council. His charity, the Victoria and David Beckham Charitable Trust, ensures that children in need who can't get wheelchairs under normal circumstances can obtain them.