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Wes Welker and 10 Athletes Who Are Very Giving

Wes Welker and Other Athletes that Give Back

Wes Welker
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Fans reported and photographed Wes Welker handing out 100 dollar bills after winning it big at the Kentucky Derby. It was a spontaneous act of charity, but he and many other athletes have started foundations or connected to non-profit organizations. These athletes use their fortune to give back. There are many others not on this list such as Andy Roddick, David Beckham and Calvin Johnson. Let's celebrate the good guy athlete.

10. Albert Pujols

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10. Albert Pujols

Albert Pujols
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The Pujols Family Foundation was started to help families affected by Down Syndrome. It is run by Albert and his wife. The Foundation also helps impoverished areas of the Dominican Republic and was founded in 2005.

9. Andre Agassi

Andre Agassi
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9. Andre Agassi

Andre Agassi
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Andre Agassi may be out of tennis, but he has not stopped giving back. He founded his charity in 2001 and has helped to give over $ 60 million to children in need. He has played in many charity matches including a yearly tournament for cancer research. He also runs a prep academy in Las Vegas. It has been reported that he has helped raise over $ 175 million in total.

8. Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter
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8. Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter
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Derek Jeter started the Turn 2 Foundation in 1996. The aim of the foundation is to award grants to provide support and activities to keep kids away from alcohol and drugs. He has raised somewhere close to $ 20 million. Jeter has also been involved with Soles4Souls, a shoe program for the impoverished.

7. Dikembe Mutombo

Dikembe Mutombo
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7. Dikembe Mutombo

Dikembe Mutombo
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Mutombo was recognized a Special Olympics Global Ambassador in 2012 and is one of many athletes who promote UNICEF. He facilitates NBA Cares clinic in Africa and works with FACE Africa to fight poverty in Liberia and Sierra Leone. His own foundation has built a hospital in Congo and aims to continue to provide valuable resources.

6. Drew Brees

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6. Drew Brees

Drew Brees
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Some of you have probably bought a raffle ticket to win a trip to the Super Bowl sponsored by Drew Brees. Many of his charitable activities aim to raise money for New Orleans as they continue to recover from hurricane damage. The Brees Dream Foundation has a mission to improve the quality of life for cancer patients and provide care, education and opportunities for children and families in need.

5. Eli Manning

Eli Manning
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5. Eli Manning

Eli Manning
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In 2007, Eli Manning committed to building a clinic at the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children. He raised about half a million dollars over the initial goal for the clinic. Other charities Manning supports include the Phoenix House, the Red Cross and the St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters.

4. Jeff Gordon

Jeff Gordon
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4. Jeff Gordon

Jeff Gordon
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The NASCAR champion works on two primary charities. He raises money for children battling cancer through the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation and aids the elderly through his partnership with sponsor AARP’s Drive to End Hunger program. A visit to Brenner Children’s Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C. in the early '90s was all it took for Gordon to get involved, and he states his programs are exceeding expectations.

3. Larry Fitzgerald

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3. Larry Fitzgerald

Larry Fitzgerald
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Larry Fitzgerald has always been a class act. He started the First Down Fund to help children find beneficial activities and programs throughout the year. He contributes to various organizations that meet a certain criteria including those supporting kids and families in crisis and health-related organizations that work with families. He also works with the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center, Oxfam and USAID.

2. LeBron James

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2. LeBron James

Lebron James
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LeBron got a lot of flack for his special decision announcement, but it raised millions of dollars for the Boys and Girls Club. He also works with Wheels for Education and other organizations that benefit his high school and hometown. LeBron delivers a weekly message on his website and often urges young adults to stay active.

1. Troy Polamalu

Troy Polamalu
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1. Troy Polamalu

Troy Polamalu
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Troy Polamalu posts a 100 dollar gift card online every Friday. The first person that enters it claims the prize. He currently helps run two different organizations. The Foundation run by Polamalu and his wife gives humanitarian aid to American Samoa as well as backing to the Pittsburgh Children's Hospital and FOCUSNA. The Harry Panos Foundation for Veterans supports Operation Once in a Lifetime and the Pittsburgh VA Hospital.