There is no secret that the professional athletes earn a lot of money, and they can afford themselves to live a luxury life with private jets, expensive cars, huge houses on the ocean cost, and clothes of the most expensive designers. However, there are many cases when well-known athletes come to the top of professional sports from the extremely poor and difficult life. Such athletes know how bumpy the path from the bottom was, as a result, they want to help talented kids to reach their sport dreams or just helping people in poor countries. There are many charity organizations founded by the well-known athletes to help people.
Dikembe Mutombo Foundation
The NBA player, Dikembe Mutombo, has set up the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation to improve the difficult daily conditions of people living in his home country of Democratic Republic of Congo. The Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital and Research Center was opened in 2007, providing modern healthcare and employment opportunities for the under-populated area. Other well-known sponsors for this fund include Bill Clinton, Kofi Anann, and Jimmy Carter.
Love Thy Neighbor
The key player of NFL Troy Vincent founded the fund called Love Thy Neighbor Community Development and Opportunity Corporation to strengthen and empower the life of poor people in Mercer County (New Jersey). Love Thy Neighbor focuses on the comprehensive development of the community through youth, education, financial and other programs.
Adonal Foyle Foundation for Democracy
Adonal Foyle, a former NBA player of the team Orlando Magic, is in favor of campaign finance reform. He founded Democracy Matters to empower college students to strengthen democracy by organizing a “mass administration.” On the official website of this organization website, Adonal Foyle says that he started the fund Democracy Matters to help students fight for progressive change by intervening in the big money interests that are ruining our democracy.
Bobby Jackson Foundation
The Bobby Jackson Foundation was established to help children living in California who have lost their parents due to cancer. Jackson, a former Sacramento Kings player who lost his mother in 2003 due to breast cancer, says charities often overlook children with sick parents. According to the website of this fund, the aim is to give these children a glimpse of hope at a time that supposed to be a critical and the most difficult time of their lives.
Warrick Dunn Foundation
Warrick Dunn and his sisters were raised by a single mother who worked as a police officer and security guard in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She was killed when Dunn was 18, and the Baton Rouge community raised money for a memorial fund to commemorate her civil service. Dunn did not forget that act of good will, as a result, he created the Warrick Dunn Foundation and its flagship program called Homes for the Holidays, to help single parents buy homes for their families without huge bank loans with difficult conditions.