Athletes that Donate Cash

Athletes that Donate Cash

October 17, 2018 0 By Julian E. Stackhouse

Do rich athletes have a responsibility to donate back to the community? This is a hot topic that was being discussed at my local café today by a couple of sporting fans, It was interesting to listen to their commentary and hear their opposing points of view. At times I almost jumped in on the conversation and added my two cents worth, however I decided to stay quiet and not risk looking like an eavesdropping crazy guy at the café. And back to laptop and give you all my research below:

Cristiano Ronaldo

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The youngest of four children born to a poor family, Cristiano Ronaldo has long been a generous giver of time and money. From paying for the brain surgery of a 10-year-old fan in 2010 to giving a reported $5 million to Nepal after the ’15 earthquake, Ronaldo has quietly emerged as one of the most charitable faces in sports. In ’15, he donated over $150,000 to a cancer center in Portugal. In October, Ronaldo raised over $600,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a charity that grants wishes to children with life-threatening or terminal illnesses, by selling his ’13 Ballon d’Or award.

Serena Williams

The long career means plenty of charity opportunities for the global sensation, too. Williams is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador who has helped build schools in Africa, she’s fought against breast cancer and with UNICEF helps promote access to education for children in Asia.

Williams’ involvement in charitable causes is borderline exhausting, which is a good thing. At Look to the Stars, she’s listed with 12 different charities and countless causes. It’s easy to see her impact off the court won’t falter regardless of her performance on it.

LeBron James

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Le Bron

The LeBron James Family Foundation focuses on children, with James dropping in the neighborhood of $41 million in 2015 to send 1,100 kids to school.


With the Texans, Watt has frequently invited disabled and underprivileged children to games and practices. And on Aug. 26 of this year, the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year launched a fund on to raise money for victims of Hurricane Harvey with an initial goal of $200,000. Watt closed the fundraiser after raising an astonishing $37,097,298, which is more than 185 times his initial goal.

Tony Hawk

The Tony Hawk Foundation, Tony Hawk is a leader within skateboarding and in communities across the country. For more than a decade The Tony Hawk Foundation has been empowering kids and helping to bring skateboarding to towns throughout the US. By utilizing Hawk’s popularity and relationships with globally recognized brands, The Tony Hawk Foundation has held fundraising events. The goal of the organization is to help fund recreational programs and bring public skateparks to low-income neighborhoods. “We have awarded over $4-million to more than 500 communities, and we are now officially in all 50 states!”

Mick Fanning

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Mick Fanning

Two weeks after his lucky escape from a shark attack, Mick Fanning (Australian Surfer) has donated a $75,000 television appearance fee to Mathew Lee, the surfer who was mauled by a great white in Ballina.

Why They so Kind?

All did get me thinking though, are athletes responsible to donate back, either in cash or in time, to the community. They are doing a job just like anyone else. If they have hit the jackpot and are now earning hideous amounts of money, haven’t they earned it? Haven’t they put in the time and effort?

For sure some huge pay packets are hard to understand, but who are we to ask them to justify their weekly income. If you received a pay rise at work, would it be ok that people expect you to donate a percentage of that pay rise to charity?. Most of them will donation their money for the biggest problem disease in the world, Cancer. In Australia or any of world part, we suffer from this problem, big cash needed but no guarantee of healing. In our neighborhood Mesothelioma is one of deadly Cancer common found because the heritage of development from decade ago. Asbestos culprit of this Cancer became wildly undetected, although our government already ban it but they don’t give a F about inspection and removal process from old house that might be contain this material. It’s not cheap, because the contractors is licence professional using special gear to prevent exposure. If you need on of them for inspect your property, asbestos removal Perth will be happy to find you best, nearest, fair and honest contractors on Western Australia.

A million thanks to those athletes that do give to charity, it is incredibly kind, and I am sure grounding and satisfactory for the athlete. Without their efforts in cash donations there would be many struggling institutions. And even more impressive is the time that many of these popular athletes are willing to commit to a cause, for this they should be applauded. That is truly inspiring. If you pardon the pun through, I would like to see a more level playing field. Not with athletes, more with the services and politicians. This is a more coffee worthy conversation.