The World’s Most Charitable Athletes – Part 3
The concluding part of our blog to see which famous athletes help charities looks at great sportsmen and sportswomen from all types of sports from around the world. No one sport is more generous than another, and sometimes it is the people who are not so well known that provide the most assistance for needy causes. We begin this blog with one of the greatest tennis players ever, and who is still competing.
Roger Federer is already a tennis legend and he is still competing at the very pinnacle of the sport. His tennis achievements may never be surpassed as they are so many. Federer is known as a true sportsman in every sense of the word and a gentleman off the court.
But perhaps his relentless work for charities is not so well known. Federer is a big supporter of the Elton John AIDS Foundation and works with the Humpty Dumpty Foundation along with the Small Steps Project. Perhaps his crowning glory is his own Roger Federer Foundation which seeks to help promote leisure activities and to foster education within sports.
Michael Phelps is the best swimmer the world has ever seen, and the most decorated Olympian of all time. His medal haul of twenty eight medals has never been overhauled. When he competed at the Beijing Olympics, Michael Phelps won his eighth gold medal and received a prize of one million dollars from the sponsors, Speedo.
A great deal of athletes would have simply frittered the money away, but Phelps decided to do something more constructive and founded the Michael Phelps Foundation. The Foundation promotes active lifestyles for youngsters, to encourage them to take up sport.
Nnamdi Asomungha was an amazing American Football player, and he is just as amazing off the field as he was when he played. As chairman of the Asomungha Foundation he drives two particular help programs. The first is the Orphans and Widows in Need Foundation which provides much needed assistance for widows and orphans in Nigeria.
The second is the Asomugha College Tour, where the Foundation takes underprivileged kids on college tours. Nnamdi Asomungha had Nike insert a clause into his sponsorship contract they they supplied shoes to his old college, Narbonne High, so their football and basketball teams could benefit.
Tiger Woods announced himself to the world of golf in an amazing fashion, he instantly became a golfing icon but halfway through his career things started to go off course. Woods was becoming more famous off the course than on it, and his womanizing activities were headlines in the press.
Through all this controversy, Woods has stayed consistent with his charitable work. He has given his wholehearted support to numerous charities such as, Caddy for a Cure, the Shriners Hospitals for Children and the Rainforest Foundation Fund.
Woods also has given his name to particular charitable activities he is personally attached to: The Tiger Woods Learning Center and the Tiger Woods Foundation. All the athletes that we have featured in this blog have two things in common. Firstly, they are amazing sportsmen and sportswomen, and secondly they have devoted time, money, and effort into helping good causes.