Athletics and the Charities They Support

Have you ever wondered what charity your favorite athlete supports?  Many of us have probably noticed athletes being outspoken on and off the field in regards to their passion for giving and why. 

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I grew up watching sports in my house.  Football on Saturdays, Sundays, Monday Night and Thursday night (college or NFL, didn’t matter).  Boxing on Saturday nights (if it was a prepaid fight, count my dad in) and well Baseball was also pretty huge if we didn't just go to the game.  We even hit some NBA games (Mavericks mostly) and now I have enjoyed catching up with tennis and the occasional gold tournament (only the major ones).


Sports is usually a family affair.  It is where families gather to watch their favorite teams and athletics do what they do best (if they’re playing well… and we want them to play well… especially if you have a favorite team and we all have our favorites in every sport).

We know athletes and their salaries.  It is usually something that is discussed openly on Sports Center, at your dining room table, at the game and, well, you get it.  If people know what you make they generally love to know what you spend it on.  


We as a society can be very critical with extravagance minus giving.  It is noted that many athletes give and support charities in a major way.  


The next time you’re watching your favorite star athlete you might think “where are they giving?” and can I get behind their cause and give a little too?  It is amazing that many of your favorite athletes have started their own foundations and are raising awareness and money in their local communities. 


Every dollar makes a difference.


Here is a list of athletics and some of the many charities they support:


Patrick Mahomes - 15 and the Mahomies Foundation 

Serena Williams - Elton John AIDS Foundation, Eva Longoria Foundation, Global Goals 

Travis Kelce - 87 & Running 

Cristiano Ronaldo  - Save the Children, UNICEFand World Vision

LeBron James - Boys and Girls Clubs of America, the Children’s Defense Fund, LeBron James Family Foundation 

Michael Jordan -  Make-A-Wish Foundation, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Feeding America

Michael Phelps - Michael Phelps Foundation 

Neymar Jr. - UNICEF,  Global Goals, Quicksilver Foundation 

Maria Sharapova -  United Nations Development Programme, (RED)

Heather O’Reilly - American Scores, Right to Play

Richard Sherman - Blanket Coverage, MAD MAC Foundation, Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center

Mo'ne Davies - Up2Us Sports

Tiger Woods - TGR Foundation, Rainforest Foundation, Shriners Children’s Hospital  

Roger Federer - Roger Federer Foundation, Small Steps Project, Humpty Dumpty Foundation 

Yuna Kim -  UNICEF

David Beckham - African Wildlife Foundation, UNICEF, Peace One Day, Mothers2Mothers

Eli Manning - Tackle Kids Cancer

  1. J. Watt - Justin J. Watt Foundation 

Curtis Granderson - Grand Giving, Grand Kids Foundation 

Russell Wilson - Why Not You Foundation 

Larry Fitzgerald - The Larry Fitzgerald Foundation 

Ndamukong Suh - The Suh Family Foundation 

Conor McGregor - Boys and Girls Club of Acadiana

Andre Agassi - Andre Agassi Foundation for Education 

Lionel Messi - ROTA

Stephen Curry -  NBA Cares, Victory Over Cancer, Animal Rescue Foundation 

Kevin Durant - Kevin Durant Charity Foundation 

Canelo Álvarez - Nariz Roja (Children's Cancer Center)

Tom Brady - Best Buddies International, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Make-A-Wish Foundation, KABOOM!

Giannis Antetokounmpo - Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee

Naomi Osaka - Haiti Earthquake Relief 

Kawhi Leonard - Baby2Baby

Rory McIlroy - The Rory Foundation 

Jake Paul -  Make-A-Wish Foundation

Phil Mickelson- Alzheimer's Association, Boys and Girls Club, Pegasus Riding Academy, Eisenhower Health Foundation

Mike Trout - American Foundation For Suicide Prevention 

Josh Allen - The Patricia Allen Fund