On August 10, Marcus and Markieff Morris and their Family Over Everything Foundation hosted their 5th Annual Backpack Giveaway at Hunting Park Recreation Center in North Philadelphia, a place where the brothers spent much of their time as youth…Read More
This past July, Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn spent eight days of his NFL offseason in the rural Maasai region of Tanzania making quality education a reality for children in the region. Through their recently established Lynn Family Foundation, Lynn and his wife, NBC New York news anchor Stacey Bell Lynn, helped establish a new school for approximately 300 children grades K-3…Read More
Boston Celtics star Jaylen Brown is much more than an athlete. He is a social change advocate striving to reform education in America. This past June, MIT Media Lab selected the 22-year-old former California Golden Bears standout to be one of its 2019 Director's Fellows, along with other innovators who will bring their unique insights, perspectives and ideas to address society’s biggest challenges…Read More
On June 17, The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation kicked off its fourth annual Young Dragons Summer STEAM program, a free six-week summer camp offered to middle school students in West Philadelphia. In partnership with Drexel University’s ExCITe Center, the program offers innovative STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts/Athletics, and Mathematics) activities developed specifically for students ages 10-14 years old…Read More
NBA superstar LeBron James recently announced a partnership with Walmart on their "Fight Hunger. Spark Change." campaign to raise awareness and funds for those facing hunger in communities across the U.S. Through the partnership, the LeBron James Family Foundation and Walmart are helping to provide food and other essentials to families in need…Read More
While many NFL players spend the offseason unwinding after months of intense physical strain and time away from home, New York Jets linebacker Brandon Copeland is spending his offseason in the classroom — as a professor. This past semester, Copeland returned to his alma mater, University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, to teach a course in financial literacy…Read More
NBA superstar Kevin Durant is best known for leading the Golden State Warriors dynasty, and previously for his domination with the Oklahoma City Thunder. However, his philanthropy off the court will arguably leave the most lasting impact. A prime example is the Durant Center, an educational facility he recently helped open in his hometown of Prince George’s County, Maryland…
Legendary golfer and Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree Tiger Woods recently won the 2019 Masters Tournament for his 15th major victory and first title in 11 years. His success off the course, however, deserves its own highlight reel. Over two decades ago, Woods established the TGR Foundation, whose mission is to empower minority students through education and to create community-based programs that provide necessary resources for students to succeed…Read More
Frederick K.C. Price III Christian Schools in South Los Angeles honored alumnus and Brooklyn Nets guard Allen Crabbe during a ceremony on March 20 for his six-figure donation last summer to save the school from financial demise. Fittingly, Price paid tribute to Crabbe by naming their basketball court in his honor…Read More
On March 2, Los Angeles Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar partnered with Goldin Auctions to sell memorabilia and other items from his NBA Hall of Fame career, including his championship rings and MVP and All-Star trophies. Raking in nearly $3 million from the auction, Abdul-Jabbar is donating most of the proceeds to his Skyhook Foundation, a charity he established in 2009 to provide children in economically challenged communities with educational opportunities based in science, technology, engineering and mathematics…Read More
Last night, LeBron James became the fourth highest scoring NBA player of all-time, passing none other than Michael Jordan. Tonight, we honor him by highlighting four of the innumerable ways he is leaving an extraordinary legacy off the court too.
Last month during NBA All-Star Weekend, James and the LeBron James Family Foundation brought 23 students from the foundation’s 330 Ambassador program to Charlotte for its annual weekend of community service and career development. In addition to enjoying All-Star Weekend festivities and visiting with James, the students received career advice from the Carolina Panthers and spent time volunteering at Samaritan’s Feet, an organization that donates shoes to those in need.
This past October, James received the Offseason NBA Cares Community Assist Award and a $10,000 grant from the NBA towards his foundation. The NBA honored James with the award for the opening of his I Promise School last summer in Akron, OH, for over 240 third and fourth grade students. The public elementary school also includes a Family Resource Center that provides job and legal support, GED classes, a food pantry and other services for parents and family members of students.
With all the fanfare surrounding James’ I Promise School, some may have forgotten the $42 million worth of scholarships he pledged to the University of Akron in 2015. His gift will help cover the cost of four-year college degrees for approximately 1,000 local students from his foundation’s I Promise program. In addition to opening the school and granting scholarships, LeBron has also donated many millions over the years to other education and youth development organizations around the country, including After-School All-Stars, Boys & Girls Clubs, and Right Moves for Youth.
In 2016, James and his business partner Maverick Carter donated $2.5 million to the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in Washington, D.C. They were joined by numerous other athlete and celebrity donors, including Michael Jordan who donated $5 million. James and Carter’s gift went towards the museum’s “Muhammad Ali: A Force For Change” exhibit, which celebrated Ali’s legacy and efforts to fight social injustice — something James has become increasingly active in over the years too.
From James’ NMAAHC donation to his variety of media productions, including “Shut Up and Dribble,” a three-part docu-series that explores the role of athletes as social activists, and “Kneading Dough,” a video series that seeks to normalize conversations around personal finance, James recognizes the importance of not just giving to underserved communities but also empowering them.
LeBron James, fourth all-time scorer in the NBA, is the definition of what it means to be (much) more than an athlete.
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As third overall pick in the 2013 WNBA Draft, Skylar Diggins-Smith has certainly made her mark in her five-year professional basketball career. Consistently described as a ‘winner’ by coaches and fellow players, the four-time All-Star is known for her work ethic, competitive nature and dedication to perfecting her craft…Read More
The new year can be a time of change for many people — gym resolutions, learning new skills or finally reading that book you promised to finish this time last year. The NBA, however, is staying the course in 2019 with its ongoing mission to support positive youth development and other initiatives in communities across the globe…Read More
Houston Texans safety and New Orleans native Tyrann Mathieu has overcome more tragedies at 26 years old than many face in their entire lives. From his mother abandoning him when he was an infant to losing everything in Hurricane Katrina, Mathieu has seen it all. Although he’s found a way to rise above his circumstances to become a successful NFL player, he knows his reality lies in stark contrast to the fate of most people born to poverty…Read More
Some of the principles that define the Philadelphia Eagles on and off the field include, respect, teamwork, passion and unity. This community-oriented mindset is especially apparent in the Eagles Social Justice Fund, established through an agreement between the NFL and the Players Coalition that allows teams to set up their own funds in support of social issues like racial, economic and educational inequality…Read More
On December 4, Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley made a surprise stop at Worthington Elementary School in Inglewood, CA, where he hosted a childhood literacy initiative in partnership with Pizza Hut, a new sponsor of the NFL. The restaurant chain is collaborating with nonprofit organization First Book to fulfill the company’s longtime charitable goal of providing equal access to quality education for children in need.Read More
In his short time in the NBA, Phoenix Suns rookie Mikal Bridges is already making a powerful impact. The sharpshooting 22-year-old continues to help a struggling offense that has sorely needed a player like him for years. Bridges is already standing out as a steady contributor off the court too…Read More