To be philanthropic according to the dictionary means to be charitable, generous and devoted to helping people. We’ve come to know many actors, singers and celebrities who have done their fair share of generosity. Athletes are no different too. Take a look at this list.
- Douglas Richard Flutie (American Football)
Doug is a former quarterback in the NFL, CFL and USFL who first gained prominence during his stint at Boston College where he was awarded the Heisman Trophy and the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award. Married to Laurie his high school sweetheart, he had two children Alexa and Doug Jr. The little boy was diagnosed with autism at an early age which prompted the athlete and his family to eventually set up the “Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism, Incorporated” who aims to help not only the afflicted patients but their families as well.
- David Robert Joseph Beckham (Football)
Beckham is no doubt famous for his athletic achievements but even so for his many philanthropic works. A former professional footballer, he retired after twenty years in his career during which he has amassed nineteen major trophies. He has played for Manchester United, the England national team, Preston North End, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Milan and LA Galaxy. Together with his wife Victoria, they established the “Victoria and David Beckham Charitable Trust”. David is also a UNICEF ambassador and a founding member of the “Malaria No More UK Leadership Council”. He likewise supports other causes like the Red Cross, Help for Heroes and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
- Jeffrey Michael Gordon (NASCAR)
Jeff is a former professional stock car racing driver who was named as one of NASCAR’s fifty greats in 1998, the fifth best of all time by Fox Sports and the tenth in the list of Terry Blount’s twenty five greatest drivers of all time. He was pretty much the force to be reckoned with in the track. He set up the “Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation” to support children battling cancer. Furthermore, the charity supports the Jeff Gordon Children’s Hospital and patients who need the healthcare, regardless of their ability to pay. This move was prompted after one of his crews had a son who suffered and battled leukemia.
So who are other philanthropic athletes that you know of? We’re sure the list is long so go ahead and share your thoughts.