The next time you start seething that athletes are paid too much money, dial it down a notch and remember the ones who give back to their communities and people in need. It’ll warm your heart and maybe even loosen your grip on a few dollars.
UFC champion Ronda Rousey might have been beaten in the ring by Holly Holm, but she uses her celebrity to back mental health services and the Didi Hirsch Mental Health Foundation, and the Freerice Campaign that donates rice to the World Food Programme.
The winningest swimmer in Olympic history, Michael Phelps, founded the Michael Phelps Foundation to help kids learn to swim and also joined other athletes in the Level Field Fund. Its purpose is to provide grants for needy children with athletic ability.