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Athletes have an incredible platform to reach a wide audience in furthering worthy causes. here, we highlight those athletes utilizing their celebrity, resources and influence as means to better the world.

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Larry Fitzgerald and Eli Manning: Co-recipients of NFL’s Man of the Year Award

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning are winners of the 2016 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award. The honor is bestowed annually to a player who player who has had a significant positive impact on his community. The award ceremony took place in Houston during Super Bowl weekend.

During his award acceptance speech, Larry Fitzgerald credited his mother and father as “the ultimate examples of giving back.” He grew up helping others in need and continues to volunteer extensively…

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Pau Gasol hosts a Gasol Foundation Family Cooking Day in Los Angeles

Earlier this month Pau Gasol and the San Antonio Spurs were in Los Angeles for a few days to play against the Clippers and the Lakers. While back in town, Pau took time in between games to surprise residents in Watts and host a Gasol Foundation free Family Day Cooking class at Jordan High School.

The event, called The Flavor of Togetherness, taught families the importance of cooking healthy, implementing fruits and vegetables in their meals and emphasized the significance of diet and nutrition and began with the families learning key information about healthy ingredients and healthy cooking.

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Pirates’ Gregory Polanco pays his blessings forward through involvement in the Striking Out Poverty campaign in the Dominican Republic

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco spent time in his native Dominican Republic during the offseason ensuring that his time on the planet is well-spent.

Polanco is an enthusiastic supporter of the Striking Out Poverty campaign through Food for the Hungry. The organization works to assist some of the world's most vulnerable communities...