In lieu of the current FIFA World Cup going on as we speak, I have been trying to find someone that I can write about. After researching some of the U.S. finest, I came across Jozy Altidore. Even though the U.S. team did not make the finals, Altidore is still one who cares about his professional career just as much as the careers of future generations.
The Jozy Altidore Foundation is a non-profit organization who has a common goal of: helping children in need in any way possible. Altidore feels that whether it is by donations, fundraisers, or making an appearance, whatever way to help children who are most in need, he will do it. The foundation was founded in 2011 by Altidore with a hand in many different projects across the world. According to one interview regarding his latest project, Altidore stated, “the latest project is something really simple, trying to build wells to bring fresh water to Haiti”. This among projects like helping poverty stricken communities and giving children hope past the life they see, is enough to congratulate Jozy Altidore for all that he does on the soccer field and off the grind.
Kudos to you Jozy!
For more information, please visit http://jozyaltidore.com/foundation.php.
So many people are familiar with the song “Magic Bus” by The Who back in 1968. Well, University of Minnesota’s Maroon And Gold Impacting the Community! (M.A.G.I.C.) Bus is student athletes all about giving back to the community that supports them in a Big Ten way.
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The NBA’s commissioner, Adam Silver came down on Donald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers on yesterday.
If you haven’t heard by now, Mr. Sterling made some unethical comments in a conversation with his biracial girlfriend. The conversation was recorded and was somehow leaked to TMZ and Deadspin. On the recording, a man and woman argue about photos posted to Instagram in which she appears with African-Americans. The man (later admitted to be Sterling) says he doesn’t want the woman bringing any black people to his games. I am for one, an African American woman who will not spend my money with someone that is intolerant of another human being because of their race.
However, I am undecided on the punishment he received. According to the commissioner, Mr. Sterling is banned from the Clippers organization for a lifetime along with being forced to sell the organization to other buyers. This recent event has caused some to be in favor and for others to quote having a “1st amendment right”. All of these are correct, but when will we take responsibility for our actions and positions we hold?
I believe that with a great position comes even greater responsibility. Change starts with us…
What are your thoughts on this?
I know that this blog is geared specifically for professional athletes. But sometimes, you must acknowledge the college student athletes that are making great choices in community involvement.
The University of North Carolina Wilmington athletic teams, including baseball and soccer teamed up with Habitat for Humanity to volunteer on working on different projects, mostly building new houses for those in need. The UNCW hopes to build a stronger relationship within the community. Check out more about this below:
Hats off to you UNCW!! I love the positivity and what you are doing off the grind!
Being a first round (17th pick) drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies, has given Cole Hamels what he needed to take his career a step further. Sure in 2007, he was awarded the Phillies top major pitcher honor, the top pitcher in 2008, and winning the World Series in 2008…but nothing brings more joy than his foundation The Hamels Foundation.
The purpose of the foundation is to assist inner schools in the United States by instilling community based programs for education. Their mission is to enrich the lives of children through the power of education by giving them the tools they need to achieve their goals. Co-founded with his wife, Heidi, they also show support for children in other nations, like Africa. Their goal is to build a school in Malawi. These projects called Project Malawi and Project USA is making strides with donations of over $2.5 million dollars. What I like most about this program is on the website, they show you how your dollars are being used. What greater pride than to see your dollars are work right before your eyes.
For more information on this great organization, please go to http://www.thehamelsfoundation.org.
Thank you Cole and Heidi for your support to the children of the world!