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Giving to others takes place in many different ways. For athletes, their efforts can range from visiting sick children in hospitals to providing inspiration for educational success beyond sports for youth not motivated in school. International organizations and teams also provide a wide range of support from youth development through athletics and exercise to helping build schools in rural areas.

The following content provides samples of ways that International Organizations, By World Cup Athletes, By Football (Soccer) Foundations, Individual Athletes, Olympic Athletes and U.S. Associations and Teams have been providing support for others. Along with individual examples, we also provide links to other information resources that have collected information about efforts connecting sports, philanthropy and youth development.

By Olympic Athletes
Institution Mission Source
Aaron Peirsol, Oceana
  • Three–time U.S. Olympic swimmer Aaron Peirsol, also an avid surfer from California, works with Oceana to promote ocean conservation. Peirsol acts as a spokesperson for Oceana, raising awareness about the threats facing oceans. He created an annual open water race to raise money for the cause, called Race for the Oceans.
British Olympic Committee, Gold Challenge
  • Gold Challenge aims raised £20m for charity by the end of 2012 by getting people to test themselves in Olympic and Paralympic sports. Organizers hope more than 100,000 will enroll to help their chosen charity.
Chris Klug, the Chris Klug Foundation
  • Just two years after receiving a liver transplant, Chris Klug competed at the Salt Lake City Olympics in snowboarding. Klugg was the first and only organ transplant recipient to participate in an Olympic competition. In 2004, he started the Chris Klug Foundation (CKF) to promote organ donation and offer resources to donors and their families. CKF uses a grassroots approach to spread the word on organ donation. The organization also holds events aimed at raising awareness and encouraging donation.
Cullen Jones, Make a Splash
  • U.S. Olympic swimmer Cullen Jones, a relay gold medalist in Beijing, is the chief spokesman for Make a Splash, a national child-focused water safety initiative that targets minority children and teaches them to be comfortable in the water.
Eric Shanteau, Swim for Your Life
  • U.S. swimmer Eric Shanteau learned he had testicular cancer as he was preparing for the 2008 Olympic trials. He delayed surgery in order to compete, made the team and is now in good health. He has since become very active in raising funds for cancer research through the Livestrong Foundation. Proceeds from his open water event, Swim for Your Life, also support his efforts.
Evan Lysacek, Figure Skating in Harlem
  • Evan Lysacek, a top figure skater, is involved with the organization Figure Skating in Harlem (FSH). The organization is a nonprofit that teaches girls figure skating as a way to build their confidence and encourage physical fitness. Lysacek first started supporting the organization in 2006 and currently sits on the FSH board. Not only does FSH offer skating lessons and academic tutoring, it also, as Lysacek says, "gives [the girls] another loving and supportive family to nurture their education and athleticism."
Gary Hall, Jr., Diabetes Research Institute
  • Retired ten-time Olympic swim medalist Gary Hall Jr. is actively involved in raising money for diabetes research. As someone affected daily by diabetes, Hall has held numerous fundraisers for research and spoken often to lobbyists and politicians on the Hill to encourage funding for diabetes research.
Hannah Teter, Hannah's Gold
  • Hannah Teter, the 2006 women's gold medalist in half–pipe snowboarding, also has a foundation, Hannah's Gold, which sponsors the town of Kirindon, Kenya, providing residents with clean water, health services, and educational opportunities.
Johann Olav Koss, Right to Play
  • Four–time Olympic gold medal speed skater Johann Olav Koss founded Right to Play in 2003 with the goal of using sports and play to teach children teamwork, conflict resolution and integrity. Since then, hundreds of Olympic athletes have contributed to the organization's efforts by traveling to the 23 countries where Right to Play is present. There, the Olympians act as Athlete Ambassadors to share their skills and inspire children.
Jozy Altidore
  • The parents of U.S. soccer player Jozy Altidore were born in Haiti and the forward still has a number of relatives living there who survived the earthquake. A few years ago, he traveled to the island with Wyclef Jean to raise funds for poor families. He has also been promoting the American Red Cross through public service announcements and started the Jozy Altidore Foundation. Through a partnership with Generosity Water, an organization that addresses the water crisis by building wells for clean water, he hopes to improve the lives of others.
Kelly Clark, The Kelly Clark Foundation
  • American Kelly Clark, the 2002 gold medalist in the halfpipe, has established a foundation to enable young skiers with financial needs to attend mountain academies such as Mount Snow Academy, which propelled her career.
Kristi Yamaguchi, Always Dream Foundation
  • Ice skating champion Kristi Yamaguchi's Always Dream Foundation works to support organizations that have a positive influence on children. The Always Dream Foundation has purchased computers for an after-school mentoring program, provided 'shopping sprees' for underprivileged children to purchase back–to–school clothing, organized Holiday parties for children's shelters and sponsored summer camp for kids with disabilities.
Laura Wilkinson, the Laura Wilkinson Foundation
  • U.S. diver Laura Wilkinson, the Olympic platform champ in 2000, is raising money to build a new pool in Texas after the one she trained in for her entire career had to close. The facility would cater to elite–level athletes, but also provide free access to schools. Wilkinson aims to inspire the development of diving for young athletes to represent their community and country by providing advanced diving facilities and related programs.
Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso, Red Cross
  • American Alpine skiing champs, Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso raised money for Haiti. The teammates coordinated with fellow World Cup Alpine competitors to organize an auction with all proceeds being donated to the American Red Cross. Together, the skiers raised over $90,000 for earthquake relief in Haiti.
Margaret Hoelzer, National Child Advocacy Center
  • National Child Advocacy Center. She courageously went public about the sexual abuse she endured as a child and has made numerous public appearances for child advocacy groups.
Molly Schaus and Caitlin Cahow, Save the Children Fund
  • U.S. hockey player Molly Schaus regularly corresponds to kids through Save the Children fund. Her teammate, Caitlin Cahow, serves as coach and G.M. for a girls' team that raises money for cancer awareness through its tournament participation.
Nicole Davis
  • Nicole Davis, a U.S. Olympic volleyball silver medalist, is among 55 athletes participating in Who Cares? Racing for a Cause, a non–profit fund–raising campaign that has 60 athletes competing against each other in various activities and raising money for their favorite charities. Davis supports the Child Abuse Prevention Council of San Joaquin.
Peter Vanderkaay, Blue Planet Network
  • U.S. swimmer Peter Vanderkaay, a three–time Olympian, is involved in several organizations. He is a spokesperson for Blue Planet Network, a global water charity promoting clean water around the world. He also visits Mott Hospital, a children's hospital in Michigan, on a weekly basis.
Ryan and Sara Hall, Hall Steps Foundation
  • U.S. distance runners Ryan and Sara Hall established the Hall Steps Foundation, funding programs to help youth in poverty throughout the country. Their goal is to build a community and provide each member an opportunity to take their own STEPS toward relieving suffering and helping the poor rise out of poverty.
Ryan Lochte
  • U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte's ongoing charitable focuses include the Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (Duchenne), the Mac Crutchfield Fund, and the National Parkinson Foundation. Ryan is the spokesperson for Parent Project and contributes financially, as well. Duchenne took the life of his uncle's brother and Ryan's cousin is working in the industry in search of a cure.
  • Ryan is also the spokesperson for the Mac Foundation. Mac Crutchfield was an age group swimmer for a USA Swim Team, Area Tallahassee Aquatic Club in Florida, who tragically drowned during a thunderstorm in the summer of 2008. The Fund raises money for drowning awareness in Mac's name. Ryan contributes is the main attraction at the Fund's two main events each year; a fund–raising dinner and a charity golf tournament through the year.
Scott Macartney, World Cup Dreams
  • Scott Macartney, the ski racer and U.S. Ski Team member has been supporting the World Cup Dreams Foundation, founded in 2005 by former team members Bryon Friedman and Erik Schlopy. The foundation gives members of the U.S. National Alpine Ski Team the chance to compete at the highest level by providing financial support and disability insurance coverage.
Shaun White and various charities
  • Snowboarding favorite Shaun White, popular for his cheerful attitude and his shock of red hair, has also been spotlighted for his charitable work with the Tony Hawk Foundation, Heartgift, Make–A–Wish Foundation and Summit on the Summit.
The Mia Hamm Foundation
  • Soccer superstar Mia Hamm started her own foundation. In addition to promoting opportunities for girls and women in sports, the Mia Hamm Foundation is also involved in raising awareness and money for bone marrow disease research, and to support families involved in the marrow transplant process.
The Michael Phelps Foundation
  • The Michael Phelps Foundation is a nonprofit organization focused on growing the sport of swimming and promoting healthy and active lives, especially for children. In 2008, Michael established the Foundation with his $1 million bonus received from long–time partner Speedo for winning eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics.
  • Michael also supports programs for Boys & Girls Club members as well as Special Olympians throughout the world. These programs encourage increased participation in health and fitness activities, and personal empowerment through informed planning and goal–setting strategies. Phelps also works with various programs to support swimmers and to promote the sport of swimming.
U.S. Equestrian Team, Horses in the Hood
  • A number of members of the U.S. equestrian team support Horses in the Hood, an organization that has sent over 500 at–risk youth from the inner cities of Southern California to horse camps.
United States Olympic Committee, Team for Tomorrow
  • Team for Tomorrow is a humanitarian relief fund through which America's Olympic and Paralympic athletes provide support and give back to local communities and people in need throughout the world. Launched in 2008 in partnership with America's athletes, the fund also serves as a platform for athletes to continue spreading the Olympic Ideals of peace, goodwill, tolerance and harmony.
  • In 2008, the fund to helped the victims of the earthquake in China, where it provided more than a thousand disaster–relief tents. The fund also worked with Habitat for Humanity to help rebuild homes that were destroyed. It has since benefited domestic schools and hospitals, as a number of athletes have visited to speak to students and patients and donate Olympic medallions and electronic equipment such as digital cameras and laptop computers. The committee recently donated 25,000 items of athletic apparel to young athletes in Afghanistan and throughout Africa.
Usain Bolt Foundation
  • The Usain Bolt Foundation is set to promote a healthy enviroment for children and develope character through their educational and cultural environment.
By Football (Soccer) Foundations
Institution Mission Source
Football for Hope
  • The Football for Hope Movement was established in 2007 by FIFA and streetfootballworld as part of their strategic alliance. Its mission is to increase the impact of football as a tool for social development, peace and social change.
  • Football for Hope uses the fundamental values to communicate and to inspire positive change amongst both individuals and communities.
  • The organisations partnering with Football for Hope are clustered in five focus areas: health promotion, peacebuilding, children's rights & education, anti–discrimination & social integration, and the environment.
  • Events include the Football for Hope Festivals – as official elements of the FIFA World Cup – and the Football for Hope Forums, as high profile, practically oriented conferences on Development through Football taking place during the FIFA Confederations Cup.
  • Additionally, Football for Hope assisted "20 Centers for 2010," the official campaign of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. It aims to create 20 Football for Hope Centers to promote public health, education and football in disadvantaged communities across Africa.
  • Football for Hope Festival will take place during the last two weeks of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.
CAN Fútbol Foundation
  • CANFF’s mission is to use the sport of soccer as the vehicle to provide the world’s at-risk youth with positive life experiences and respectable role models.
Chelsea Football Club Foundation
  • The Chelsea Football Club Foundation provides different programs to engage and inspire individuals by using sport.
Football Foundation
  • The Football Foundation is the UK's largest sports' charity. Funded by the Premier League, The Football Association and the Government, the Foundation directs £30m every year into grassroots sport.
  • The Foundation receives money from the very top of the professional game and also from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport through Sport England. It then uses this money to leverage even more partnership funding, to deliver a programme of new and improved community sports facilities in towns and cities across the country.
  • Our mission is to improve facilities, create opportunities and build communities throughout England.
Foundation FC Barcelona
  • All projects FC Barcelona Foundation is developed based on the following premises:
    • The use of sport as the backbone
    • The promotion of education and the positive values of sport
    • Children and adolescents as objective beneficiaries
    • The projection of Catalonia through FC Barcelona
Homeless World Cup
  • The Homeless World Cup uses the power of football to energise homeless people so they can change their own lives.
  • It supports grass-roots football programmes and social enterprise development via a network of 70 national partners and celebrates its work by organising an annual football tournament that unites teams of homeless people from countries all around the globe.
Liverpool Football Club Foundation
  • Help young people around the world improve their life skills using the global appeal and rich history of Liverpool Football Club as a way of reaching out to disadvantaged communities.
  • Encourage young people into enterprise and opportunities that help improve their lives and contribute to society
  • Assist men and women across Liverpool to improve their health and wellbeing by providing initiatives that promote a healthy, balanced lifestyle
  • Work with our armed services personnel to support their return back to civilian life
One World Futbol Project
  • We bring the healing power of play to youth worldwide by making, selling and distributing nearly indestructible balls that survive the harshest environments. Collaborating with sponsors, organizations and individuals, we deliver balls to disadvantaged communities where play and sport are used to foster social change.
Real Madrid Foundation
  • Its main objective is to promote, both in Spain as well as abroad, the values inherent in sport, and the latter’s role as an educational tool capable of contributing to the comprehensive development of the personality of those who practice it. In addition, as a means of social integration of those who find themselves suffering from any form of marginalisation, as well as to promote and disseminate all the cultural aspects linked to sport.
Soccer Charities
  • The United States Soccer community is very active in many foundations.
Street Football World
  • Streetfootballworld is a thriving network of more than 80 organisations using the power of football to change the world. Throughout the 1990s, local organisations around the world were founded on the basis of using football as a tool to empower young people. There was a need for these organisations to connect with one another, which led to the establishment of streetfootballworld as an international platform for organisations to increase their impact through shared knowledge and effective collaboration. streetfootballworld began to unify and coordinate the emerging field of social change through football, and the initial concept of football for peace developed into what is now known as football3 – a method based on fair play, dialogue and respect.
U.S. Soccer Foundation
  • The mission of the U.S. Soccer Foundation is to enhance, assist and grow the sport of soccer in the United States, with a special emphasis on underserved communities.
  • We view soccer as a powerful vehicle for social change. By supporting the development of places to play, places to grow and places to learn, our goal is to ensure that children in underserved communities have easy and affordable access to quality soccer programs that support their physical and personal development
By World Cup Athletes
Institution Mission Source
Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal
  • As Save the Children's Global Artist Ambassador, Real Madrid soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo fights against child hunger and obesity, and promotes physical activity and healthy eating.
Didier Drogba, Côte d'Ivoire
  • Didier and his foundation joined forces with United Against Malaria (UAM), starring in a campaign to help fight this plague.
  • The main goal of the Didier Drogba Foundation is to provide financial and material support in health and education to the African people. And the former Chelsea striker is also engaged in the fight against malaria since early 2012, alongside United Against Malaria (UAM), starring in a new campaign to fight this disease, which still kills a child in Africa every 60 seconds.
Gianluigi Buffon, Italy
  • Its focus is on children: their needs, their rights, and their family. Its activity starts from the principle that a healthy development best occurs in a warm and welcoming family environment. Thanks to a network of public institutions and local organisations, it takes care of children at risk of losing parental care, supporting and empowering families in a tight spot, and provides family-care services to children and young people left without adequate support.
Lionel Messi, Argentina
  • Leo Messi Foundation has originated as an initiative of Lionel Messi with the support of all his family and with the idea that all children have the same opportunities for making their dreams come true.
Michael Essien, Ghana
  • The Michael Essien Foundation (MEF) is a local Ghanaian NGO founded by Michael Essien, the renowned Ghanaian International and Chelsea Football Club Star. It aims to create opportunities and hope for the underprivileged in the Awutu Breku area. The goal of the MEF is to promote basic community amenities and opportunities for various groups through different projects and activities.
Nwankwo Kanu, Nigeria
  • The Kanu Heart Foundation was established to help underprivileged African children and young adults, living with different heart ailments in Nigeria and other African countries respectively, obtain the cardiac surgical operations needed
Philipp Lahm, Germany
  • The Philipp Lahm Foundation is dedicated to promoting initiatives in Germany and in Africa – currently in South Africa - that develop sports and life skills and promote social values among young people, especially children from disadvantaged family backgrounds.
  • In Germany the Philipp Lahm Foundation projects
    • help young people discover and develop their skills and abilities
    • promote integration of children from minority groups
    • encourage children and teenagers to improve their school performance
  • In Africa the Philipp Lahm Foundation projects
    • provide opportunities for sports and training
    • offer sports programmes that build and strengthen social structures
    • promote education and vocational training
Radamel Falcao, Colombia
  • Radamel "El Tigre" Falcao is a friend of La Fundación Fútbol con Corazón helping children get new life opportunities by focusing on how to develop life skills, food and nutrition.
By International Organizations
Institution Mission Source
IOC Sport for Hope
  • Under the banner "Sports for Hope", the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is providing young people in developing countries with opportunities to practice sport and be educated on the Olympic values.
  • Sports centers are built to offer sporting opportunities to the less privileged. Centers cater to indoor and outdoor sports, in accordance with the needs of particular countries.
  • The organisations partnering with Football for Hope are clustered in five focus areas: health promotion, peacebuilding, children's rights & education, anti–discrimination & social integration, and the environment.
  • The centers develop elite performance for athletes on a local, regional and national levels in close cooperation with international and national federations. It also promotes talent identification, the organisation of competitive sports events, educational activities in the field of Olympism, the organisation of seminars and workshops for coaches and sport administrators, and social development programmes.
Multi–lateral Development Institutions
  • In 2007, FIFA, CONCACAF and CONMEBOL signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to create development opportunities through football for children and young people living in poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean. Since 2009, FIFA and the IDB have been jointly investing into regional programmes for the development of life skills among youth, violence prevention and the improvement of education and employment opportunities. This cooperation has contributed significantly to the impact of Football for Hope in the region.
The United Nations Goodwill Ambassadors
  • The UN relies on the support of many athletes to highlight key issues and bring attention to its activities. Olympians, World Champions, elite athletes and sport personalities volunteer their time to support UN activities.
  • These individuals are given the title of Goodwill Ambassador, Messenger of Peace, Special Representative, Champion for Sport or other status depending on the UN entity who has appointed them.
  • These athletes use their mass appeal to mobilize others into action in the hope of improving the lives of many.
The United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace
  • The United Nations recognizes the importance of sport and its potential to create a better world. Sport is a universal aspect in today's societies and it is recognized for its humanitarian, development, and peace–building capabilities.
  • The UN believes that sport is a fundamental right. The Office of Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP) strives to ensure this right to children worldwide.
  • The UNOSDP promotes the regular use of sport to address education, health and development issues and to increase understanding, peace and tolerance within and between communities, countries and cultures.
The United Nations Sport and the Millennium Goals
  • The Millenium Goals were commissioned in 2000 in an effort to combat some of the most serious problems facing humanity. The United Nations settled on eight goals to address.
  • One of the Millenium Goals is to achieve universal primary education. The UN has recognized the positive impact that athletics can have in the pursuit of this goal. The UN studies have shown that:
    • School sport programs motivate children to enroll in and attend school and can help improve academic achievement
    • Sport–based community education programs provide alternative education opportunities for children who cannot attend school
    • Sport can help erode stigma preventing children with disabilities from attending school
  • Additionally, many athletes, including tennis player Maria Sharapova and soccer players Didier Drogba, Ronaldo and Zinédine Zidane, are dedicating their time to champion the cause of the Millennium Development Goals. Using their celebrity status and social media networks, the MDG Champions support UN Secretary–General Ban Ki–moon in mobilizing global action on the Goals.
By Individual Athletes
Institution Mission Source
Andres Agassi Foundation for Education
  • The Andre Agassi Foundation for Education is an educational organization dedicated to transforming U.S. public education for underserved youth. The Foundation drives reform by engaging in practice, policy and partnerships that provide quality education and enrichment opportunities.
  • In 2001, the Foundation opened an award–winning campus, which today houses three schools –elementary, middle and high school – in the heart of one of our city's most historically underserved and economically challenged neighborhoods. Agassi believes that by applying passion and discipline to our work we create an environment in which children can excel.
Cal Ripkin, Sr. Foundation
  • The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation helps build character and teach critical life lessons to disadvantaged young people living in America's most distressed communities through baseball and softball themed programs.
  • At the heart of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation's mission to help youth realize their potential is the Healthy Choices, Healthy Children program. The Foundation uses programs like Healthy Choices, Healthy Children to engage mentors and coaches with youth while stimulating dialogue.
  • Through this dialogue, youth engage with their peers to learn important life skills through sports and activities. Using an engaging and interactive format, Healthy Choices, Healthy Children seeks to help youth understand vital life lessons needed to display a positive, productive, and healthy lifestyle.
Derek Jeter Turn 2 Foundation
  • Derek Jeter's Foundation endeavors to create and support signature programs and activities that motivate young people to turn away from drugs and alcohol and "TURN 2" healthy lifestyles.
  • Through these ventures, the Foundation strives to create outlets that promote and reward academic excellence, leadership development and positive behavior.
  • Turn 2's goal is to see the children of these programs grow safely and successfully into adulthood and become the leaders of tomorrow.
Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism
  • The goal of the Flutie Foundation is to improve the quality of life for people and families living with autism.
  • The Foundation is dedicated to increasing the awareness of autism and the unique challenges of families who are faced with it everyday.
  • Their commitment is to support these families by helping them find the resources they need and by funding advocacy programs as well as educational, therapeutic and recreational opportunities.
Jeff Gordon 's Children Foundation
  • The mission of the Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation is to support children battling cancer by funding programs that improve patients' quality of life, treatment programs that increase survivorship and pediatric medical research dedicated to finding a cure.
  • In addition, the Foundation provides support to the Jeff Gordon's Children's Hospital in Concord, NC, which serves children in the community by providing a high level of primary and specialty care, regardless of their ability to pay.
  • It is our vision that there will be a day when no child will face the uncertainty of cancer and that successful treatments will not result in negative, long–term effects.
Ladies Professional Golf Association Scholarships for Women
  • The LPGA Foundation currently administers several scholarship programs for young women.
  • The Foundation's structure allows for the establishment of endowed scholarships in honor or in memory of individuals who made a significant difference in the world of golf.
  • Three of the existing scholarships are the Dinah Shore Scholarship, the Marilynn Smith Scholarship, and the Phyllis G. Meekins Scholarship.
Magic Johnson Foundation
  • The Magic Johnson Foundation, founded by Earvin "Magic" Johnson in 1991, works to develop programs and support community–based organizations that address the educational, health and social needs of ethnically diverse, urban communities.
  • The programs and services are dedicated to promoting community revitalization by eliminating negative cultural barriers; advancing economic and social equality by engaging minorities in every aspect of their communities; increasing academic and innovative achievement; raising AIDS/HIV awareness, treatment and prevention; the creation of positive emerging leaders; and promoting collaboration and alliance among all sectors of the community.
Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center Movement Disorders Clinic
  • The Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center (MAPC) and Movement Disorders Clinic is a National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence, and a wonderful resource for people with Parkinson's and their families.
  • The Center provides excellence in treatment, research, and education for patients and families affected by Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders regardless of ability to pay.
The Mia Hamm Foundation
  • The Mia Hamm Foundation is a non–profit, national organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness for families in need of a marrow or cord blood transplant and the development of more opportunities for young women to participate in sport."
  • The Foundation are aims to raise awareness and funds for bone marrow disease research, and to support families through the marrow transplant process.
  • The Mia Hamm Foundation also works with the Women's Sports Foundation, charitable educational organization dedicated to increasing the participation of girls and women in sports and fitness and creating an educated public that supports gender equity in sport.
The Steven Gerrard Foundation (SGF)
  • Since 2011, The Steven Gerrard Foundation has been providing independantly evaluated grants to children faced with a disadvantage; illness, disability, family breakdown, financial or educational disadvantage.
  • SGF is supported by the Consortium for Street Children and is aimed to provide as much funding as possible to fund a range of children's charitable organizations and projects. Some of these charities include; Fairbridge and the Children's Hospice, and Claire House.
Tiger Woods Foundation
  • Since its inception in 1996 by Tiger Woods and his father, Earl, the Tiger Woods Foundation has reached millions of young people by delivering unique experiences and innovative educational opportunities for youth worldwide.
  • Specific programs of the Foundation include the Tiger Woods Learning Center, an education facility built for the under–served youth of Southern California. Interactive classes allow students to explore a future in almost any career and recognize the importance of attending college.
  • With the support of the Earl Woods Scholarship Program, students are able to make their dreams of going to college a reality. In addition to a $5,000 scholarship — renewable for up to four years — scholars receive a dedicated mentor and specialized internships which help prepare them for life after college.
By U.S. Associations and Teams
Institution Mission Source
Athletes for Hope
  • Athletes for Hope is a non–profit organization founded in 2007 by Andre Agassi, Muhammad Ali, Lance Armstrong, Warrick Dunn, Jeff Gordon, Mia Hamm, Tony Hawk, Andrea Jaeger, Jackie Joyner–Kersee, Mario Lemieux, Alonzo Mourning, and Cal Ripken, Jr.
  • Athletes for Hope has grown from its original 12 Founders to over 1,000 athletes across many sports leagues, including the NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB, and the Olympic movement.
  • The organization strives to educate, encourage and assist athletes in their efforts to contribute to community and charitable causes, to increase public awareness of those efforts, and to inspire others to do the same.
  • Athletes for Hope has expanded its reach to youth athletes through a program called Good Game, which teaches how the skills that help them succeed on the field are directly related to their power to make a difference in their communities.
Ladies Professional Golf Association Scholarships for Women
  • The LPGA Foundation currently administers several scholarship programs for young women.
  • The Foundation's structure allows for the establishment of endowed scholarships in honor or in memory of individuals who made a significant difference in the world of golf.
  • Three of the existing scholarships are the Dinah Shore Scholarship, the Marilynn Smith Scholarship, and the Phyllis G. Meekins Scholarship.
Major League Baseball Community
  • MLB Community aims to provide funds for a variety of charities including: Autism Awareness, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Breaking Barriers, and Stand Up To Cancer
NASCAR Foundation
  • The NASCAR Foundation embodies the compassion of the NASCAR Family and its commitment to serving communities. The NASCAR Foundation seeks to raise funds and increase volunteerism to support nonprofit charities and charitable causes throughout the nation with an emphasis placed on initiatives that affect the ability of children to live, learn and play.
  • Some of the NASCAR Foundation's key programs include Make a Wish Dream Visits to NASCAR Events and Speediatrics – Pediatric Health Unit.
National Football League Charities
  • The NFL supports charities both as a league and through the individual teams.
National Hockey League Team Charities
  • Many teams in the National Hockey League are involved in philanthropic work.
Robert Woods Johnson Foundation Sports Philanthropy Project
  • From 1998 to 2010, the Sports Philanthropy Project (SPP) worked with professional sports teams, team foundations and athletes to leverage their financial resources, popularity and credibility to bolster health and health care programs in their communities.
  • As part of the project, sports teams promoted programs sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to extend health insurance to uninsured people, particularly children.
  • The teams create coalitions and develop programs to promote better health in their communities, particularly by tackling childhood obesity.
USTA Serves: Foundation for Academics, Character, Excellence
  • The United States Tennis Association (USTA)'s foundation's mission is to support, monitor and promote programs that enhance the lives of disadvantaged children through the integration of tennis and education.
  • The United States Tennis Association's (USTA) philanthropic initiative that builds on the USTA's social conscience of addressing important health issues, diversity issues, and general well–being in the United States using tennis as the catalysts and change agent.
  • USTA Serves funds the "Aces for Kids" program grants to 153 nonprofit tennis and education sites in 120 cities in 39 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Also, provides children with tennis racquets as well as homework assistance and tutoring at "Aces for Kids" sites
Women's Sports Foundation
  • Founded in 1974, the Women's Sports Foundation has enriched women's lives by encouraging women to play sports. This is achieved through grants, professional guest speakers, and through physical activities
By Other Information Resources
Institution Mission Source
British Council International Inspiration Programme
  • The British Council International Inspiration Programme aims to develop and transform the lives of children belonging to all age groups and abilities around the world through the power of sports. The programme provides access to "high quality and inclusive physical education (PE), sport and play". Through the "inspirational power of the Games" and a supportive environment, the children will be inspired and motivated to live a full life.
GlobalGiving.org
  • Opportunities to Donate: Supporting Youth Development Through Sport
Sports and Development
  • The Platform is a hub for sharing knowledge, building good practice, facilitating coordination and fostering partnerships between and within different stakeholders in Sport & Development.
Toolkit Sport for Development
  • The toolkit offers tools and learning examples for sport and development projects. The toolkit is produced by and for non–governmental organizations, sports clubs and governments.

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