By Michael Terrill @MichaelTerrill on March 26, 2014
One of the greatest honors professional athletes have is their opportunity to give back to the community. Some athletes don’t do enough while others have huge hearts. In fact, there simply aren’t enough free hours in the day to do charitable work for some athletes. Athletes are expected to use their money and name to bring recognition to charitable causes, but it always tugs at our heartstrings when they do give back.
Steve Young’s Forever Young Foundation for Children has raised millions and millions of dollars to help children who need academic or athletic help and are unable to get it elsewhere. The purpose is to overcome physical and financial challenges so that children can get the proper education to succeed in life. Even though Young doesn’t play anymore, he still uses his very famous name to help others.
Donald Driver had a rough life growing up that consisted of selling drugs and boosting cars in order to feed his family. He has taken his dark past and used it to shine light on those who are less fortunate. Driver uses his foundation to help homeless families find their way just as he did. It’s not like he just writes a check and is on his way either. Driver makes sure to help every step of the way.
Most people may not realize this but Alex Smith is a very charitable man. He started a mentoring program to help foster teens with housing, education and internships. The purpose is to guide young men and women onto the right track so that they can go to school and get jobs. Smith has ensured that 91 percent of donations go towards the programs, which is an unheard of number when it comes to athlete charities.
Gus Kenworthy made headlines during the Winter Olympics in Sochi when he adopted several puppies that were to be euthanized. It warmed the hearts of dog lovers everywhere to see someone stand up for an animal that couldn’t stand up for itself. Kenworthy brought the puppies back home and gave several to loving families. He also made sure to keep a few for himself.
You may not find a more charitable baseball player than Clayton Kershaw. The pitcher and his wife take part in Habitat for Humanity in which they rehabilitate houses in California. He also helps out with various organizations and foundations. One of his most significant charitable contributions came when he and his wife went on a mission trip to Zambia where they established an orphanage.
Say what you want about Tiger Woods. If there’s anything the man has done right in his life it’s give back to the community. Woods has donated enough money to make any wealthy man blush to ensure the success of education for children. More specifically, he works hard to help underprivileged children attend college and get the education they deserve.
Carmelo Anthony is one of the most charitable basketball players around. In fact, he has donated more than million to outreach programs in Maryland and New York. Anthony grew up in a rough neighborhood in Baltimore, which means he understands how important it is to give children the right resources to become productive and succeed in life.
David Robinson has been retired for several years, but that doesn’t stop the former center from giving his time to charitable causes. The Admiral once wrote a check for million to start up a college prep academy in a rough part of San Antonio. He also has donated more than million to Carver Academy and other charitable organizations. It may sound like he just writes checks and that’s it, but Robinson is very much involved in the community.
Brett Favre has done more for the communities in Wisconsin and Mississippi than most people could even imagine. His charitable work for the past two decades has put smiles on children’s faces and warmed the hearts of many. Along with his wife, Favre’s Fourward Foundation helps disadvantaged children and gives them an opportunity to have joy in their lives.
Dwyane Wade is one of the more charitable athletes around. The Wade’s World Foundation emphasizes on programs that promote children’s education and fatherhood. Countless programs have been started and supported by Wade, which have helped thousands of people live a healthier life.
Andre Johnson loves Christmas. In fact, he loves it so much that every year he makes it his mission to give back to needy children. Johnson takes several children to a toy store and gives them 80 seconds to run around and grab as many gifts as they can. He then pays for everything, which cost him a whopping ,352 this past Christmas. What touched Johnson the most is that the children spent time picking out gifts for their friends.
Warrick Dunn founded Homes for the Holidays, which has helped over 100 single-parent families find a home. Dunn and his foundation put a down payment on a house and furnish it so that single parents can have a place to raise their children.
Whether it’s the Make A Wish Foundation, the MACC Fund or itsAaron.com, Aaron Rodgers has already done more for the community than people could have ever asked for. Not only does he make dreams come true for children in need, but he also has inspired others to stand up and do more for the community they live in.
Tim Tebow is one of the most remarkable charitable athletes alive. He may no longer be an athlete, that but won’t stop him from making the lives of the people around him better. He has raised money for several causes and he’s involved in several charities. One of the more heartwarming things Tebow used to do is invite a family to a game and spend time with them right up until kickoff. He would then hang out afterwards as well.
Cristiano Ronaldo recently agreed to pay ,000 for a 10-month-old to have brain surgery. The child’s family asked Ronaldo for his jersey and cleats so they could auction the items off to raise money. Ronaldo did them one better when he agreed to pay for the operation. The classy move may surprise some, but the truth is Ronaldo has done more for charitable causes than one could imagine.
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