When we consider sports stars we just take into account their glamorous lifestyle, massive paychecks, and their elite skills. We never consider the fact that these sports stars are also interested in some charitable causes which they are supporting for the good of the average individual. They are putting in a significant amount of time and money to support charitable causes which are dear to their hearts.
The support they provide for charitable causes is perhaps a way of showing the world where they came from especially if they have received scholarships during the early part of their lives but for some, it is just a matter of doing something for the betterment of society. In order to acknowledge the support provided to charitable causes by sports stars, we are looking at a few individuals who have put their time and money into charitable causes.
Every good act is charity. A man’s true wealth hereafter is the good that he does in this world to his fellows. – Moliere
The story of Muhammad Ali is an inspiration for a number of people throughout the world. He was possibly the greatest boxing star that ever graced this planet but he was also an individual who devoted his life to humanitarian efforts of all types.
During his lifetime Ali has traveled as an ambassador of peace and secured the release of hostages from Lebanon and Iraq, made good will missions to North Korea and Afghanistan and even met Nelson Mandela when he was released from prison in South Africa.
Ali has donated over $1 million in medical aid to Cuba and founded the Muhammad Ali Parkinson’s Center apart from the cultural and value focused Ali Center. He was humble about his support for charitable causes and was happy to acknowledge his success in boxing had made him achieve greater goals.
During the 90s and the 2000’s Andre Agassi was a star in the world of professional tennis. He has won several grand slam titles along with a gold medal during the 1996 Summer Olympics. Charitable causes were high on the mind of Andre Agassi who in 1994 before being crowned as the number one tennis player by the ATP established the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education in order to help improve public education in the United States.
Andre Agassi invested some of his money into the foundation and other charitable causes and also raised about $1.8 million during the first year when he launched the grand slam for children in 1995 and held an event with a star-studded lineup that included Sir Elton John, Michael Bolton and Robin Williams. Ever since the inception of the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education more than $$180 million has been raised for the benefit of the foundation apart from $118 million from the grand slam for children fundraising.
David Beckham has been a former Manchester United star and has also been working as a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF for nearly a decade and has recently launched 7 which is a joint program with UNICEF to help protect millions of children from danger. The fund is focusing on different initiatives in seven countries by raising funds and awareness for vulnerable children.
Beckham and his wife Victoria also established the Victoria and David Beckham Charitable Trust in 2005 which is helping support initiatives and promoting education and reducing homelessness. This charitable trust has raised millions of dollars over the last 10 years.
Beckham was also involved in the establishment of Malaria No More and has supported various charities over the years. The work he is involved in gives clear evidence that he is interested in charitable causes.
“Fashion and wearing clothes is a daily routine for everybody. What better way to spread the word of giving back and philanthropic ways of life than to wear something that gives back to charity?” – Patrick Schwarzenegger
These are not the only sports stars that are interested in charitable causes. The list of people involved in such activities is long and includes names like Lebron James, Jeff Gordon, and Serena Williams. Therefore we can confidently state that leading a lavish lifestyle is not the only thing on the minds of sports stars because they are also interested and involved in a number of charitable causes.