Which Philanthropic Athlete are You?
Professional athletes are glorified for what they do on the field. Few realize the difference many of the top athletes in the world make off the field, in their community. Some have their own foundations, while others have partnered with local and national organizations to give back. Let's find out which philanthropic athlete you are?
What type of teammate are you?
Where would you put your philanthropic efforts given the chance?
What is your favorite sport?
Where would you donate you time and money, if given the chance?
How often do you donate your time and/or money?
Would you rather...
Lebron James is an active supporter of the Boys & Girls Club of America, Children's Defense Fund, and ONEXONE. He also has his own charity foundation, the LeBron James Family Foundation. In 2015, James announced a partnership with the University of Akron to provide scholarships for as many as 2,300 children beginning in 2021.
In 1996, Derek Jeter started Turn 2 Foundation to help youth who are "at risk" of turning to alcohol and drugs. Derek wanted to reward youths who avoided drugs and alcohol and choose healthy lifestyles. Derek also wanted to help youth who already were substance abusers. By implementing Turn 2, Derek has helped fund safe haven's for many "at risk" youths.
Beckham is a staunch supporter and advocate of UNICEF. In 2015, his tenth year as a UNICEF Ambassador, Beckham launched 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund to help protect children in danger. In June 2015 he visited Siem Reap in Cambodia, where he met with child victims of violence. Beckham has pledged his support for the Unite for Children, Unite Against AIDS campaign. Beckham is also a founding member of the Malaria No More UK Leadership Council.
Fitzgerald established the “Larry Fitzgerald First Down Fund” to help kids and their families by funding positive activities for kids during the summer and throughout the year, supporting kids and families in crisis and supporting health-related organizations that work with families. Fitzgerald also established the “Carol Fitzgerald Memorial Fund” in honor of his mother who died of breast cancer in 2003. The organization offers support to causes that Fitzgerald’s mother held deep including educating urban youth about HIV/AIDS and breast cancer issues. Fitzgerald has also traveled to Africa and Asia with Starkey Hearing Foundation to help kids that are in need of a hearing-aid.
Ashlynn Harris is the face of To Write Love on Her Arms, which aims to present hope for people struggling with addiction, depression, self-injury and thoughts of suicide while also investing directly into treatment and recovery. Based in Melbourne, Florida, TWLOHA seeks to connect people to treatment centers, websites, books, support groups and other resources. TWLOHA also encourages people to have honest conversations about these issues, and to live in community. Ashlynn shares her story with other people letting them know that even though she has found success she still struggles with issues herself. Ashlyn uses her platform to inspire others to share their stories and not hide from their problems but take action in a positive way.
Muhammad Ali dedicated his life, both locally and globally, to help those in need and to work towards gender, economic and racial equality. Ali traveled the world to learn about its people, inspire religious tolerance and offer assistance where he could. Ali worked generously with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Special Olympics. He visited soup kitchens and raised money through celebrity fight nights. His work extended globally, too. The United Nations named Ali a Messenger of Peace in 1998 because of his work with developing nations. Ali traveled with Disarm Education Fund and Direct Relief International to deliver $1.2 million-worth of medicine and medicinal supply to Cuba in 1998. He brought humanitarian aid to the Ivory Coast. He made mission trips to both Afghanistan and North Korea to promote goodwill.