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Cedar Crest College newspaper since 1923

Philanthropy and sports: The athletes that do more than just play

Philanthropy and sports: The athletes that do more than just play

NICOLE MAGLOIRE, Managing Editor

Green Bay wide receiver Donald Driver founded the Donald Driver Foundation. This foundation aims to improve the lives of homeless people in America. The goal works mostly by bringing awareness to the large amount of homeless people in the country and prompting people to help the less fortunate. The foundation hopes to end homelessness in America one family at a time.

Tiger Woods, known best for his golfing abilities and infidelity, is the founder of the Tiger Woods Foundation. The Tiger Woods Foundation helps underprivileged youth to obtain a college education. The Foundation works by building and maintaining learning centers in places like Washington D.C. and Southern California. CharityNavigator.org lists this foundation as being one of the few charities that spends 93.5 percent of its money on programming.

Mariano Rivera is a right handed Major League Baseball player and founder of the Mariano Rivera Foundation. The organization was founded in 1998 by Rivera and his wife with goals to focus on and improve the lives on underprivileged kids. Rivera wanted to start an organization that would help children that are growing up in situations that are similar to how he grew up. The Mariano Rivera Foundation is currently sponsoring two computer houses in small underprivileged communities in Panama.

Eli Manning, quarterback for the New York Giants, joined a five-year campaign in 2007 to raise money for the construction of the Eli Manning Children’s Clinic. Manning also supports the Phoenix House, Red Cross and The St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters.

Carmelo Anthony, a forward for the New York Knicks, is the founder of the Carmelo Anthony Foundation. The organization which can be found at carmelocares.org is focused on giving attention to care to children in underserved communities. The organization focuses on three main areas, education, recreation and community outreach. According to their website the vision of the organization is to provide programs and services that will inspire and empower the less fortunate.

When highly acclaimed Nascar driver Jeff Gordon discovered that a member of his crew had a child with leukemia, he started the organization Jeff Gordon’s Children Foundation. The goal of the organization is to help children battling cancer. The Children Foundation spends a total of 1.4 million dollars a year on cancer research and treatment.

In 2011, Lions ,defensive tackle, Ndamukong Suh, was named the most charitable athlete. The Giving Back Fund, a group that advises athletes and celebrities on philanthropy, released of list of the 30 celebrities that gave the most to charities, and Suh was named the most generous athlete. Suh donated a total of $2.6 million to his alma mater, Nebraska University, making him the most generous athlete in America.

Former Orlando Magic, Adonal Foyle, started the organization Democracy Matters. Democracy Matters is an organization geared towards high school and college-aged students. The organization aims to teach students how to not only be knowledgeable about big money interests that Foyle says are “corrupting” society, but also to stand up for change. The organization also plans to offer paid internships for campus organizers and workers.

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