The Most Charitable Sports Speaker- Top Ten Athletes Giving Back


The Most Charitable Sports Speaker- Top Ten Athletes Giving Back

In honor of the holiday season, Celebrity Speakers Bureau is here to help you find the most charitable sports speakers on the circuit. With countless athletes promoting their foundations, it’s easy to find an athlete making hearty donations. However, the most important part of selecting a sports speaker is choosing one who’s message leaves a lasting impression on your unique audience. These ten sports speakers are all known for their dazzling motivational speeches and current philanthropic associations.

Michael Strahan– Super Bowl champ and Pro Football Hall of Famer, Michael Strahan is highly devoted to charity work. Between his positions as co-host at Good Morning America and analyst for Fox NFL Sunday, Strahan is volunteering for a multitude of organizations. Most often, Strahan donates his time to St. Judes Hospital, the United Service Organization, and HELP USA. Michael Strahan announced his #MVPChallenge early this year, requesting fans and celebrities film themselves doing push ups. In conclusion, for every 25 pushups, Strahan pledged to donate one piece of equipment to Merging Vets and Players. Similarly, Strahan can be seen participating in the NFL charitable campaign, #MYCAUSEMYCLEATS. Debuting his custom cleats on Fox NFL Sunday, Strahan has chosen The Pat Tillman Foundation as his charity. The non-profit is dedicated to aiding military veterans, a cause close to his heart.


Joe Torre  Growing up in a tense and abusive environment, Joe Torre now uses his platform as a way to advocate for children without a voice. Through his foundation, Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation, he helps provide services to youth traumatized by domestic violence or other abuse. The program provides counselors to schools and hopes to create healthy, open classroom environments for children to thrive in. As a result, it is Joe’s hope that the kids involved will know that they are victims and share if they are in danger. Having reached over 85,000 students, Joe Torre is massively impacting the wellbeing of children in the US.


Dikembe Mutombo– Dikembe Mutombo is almost as well known for his humanitarian work as his NBA career. Hailing from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mutombo began the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation to create better living conditions in his home country. Mutombo is a long-time supporter of the Special Olympics and the first Youth Emissary for the United Nations Development Program. Similarly, he is a spokesperson for CARE (Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere), a major international humanitarian agency. Most recently, Dikembe helped an 8-year-old Congolese boy travel to the United States for a major surgery. Matadi Sela Petit needed a tumor removed from the side of his face. Ultimately, Matadi sadly passed away after suffering a genetic reaction to his surgery, but Mutombo continues to aid children with similar conditions.


celebrity olympic speaker Manu GinobiliManu Ginobili  Manu Ginobili is a well known advocate for children in his country of origin, Argentina. The Manu Ginobili Foundation supports the Mama Margarita House in Bahia Blanca, sanctuary for homeless youth. Most noteworthy, The Mama Margarita house feeds an average of 300 children each day. Funds from the foundation have also helped provide life-saving equipment to the local hospital. Perhaps slightly less known for his charitable initiatives, Manu Ginobili is an exceptional philanthropist humble about his service to the youth of Argentina.



Dara Torres– Olympic swimming legend Dara Torres is frequently praised for overcoming the obstacle of age and competing in five Olympic Games. What makes Dara even more impressive is that she isn’t actually that different from the rest of us. Also vulnerable to aging, Dara endured a reconstructive knee surgery in 2010 to repair severe arthritis. After that, she stayed dedicated to training through her recovery. She is now facing the Show More of You campaign with pharmaceutical corporation, Celegne, to raise awareness for Psoriatic Arthritis. Above all, Dara has a contagious way of thinking that allows her to overcome the impossible. 


Carmelo Anthony– NBA player Carmelo Anthony is giving back to under-served communities through his non-profit, The Carmelo Anthony Foundation. The organization focuses on three methods of outreach: education, recreation, and community activities. Most noteworthy, Carmelo is hosting his 10th annual A Very Melo Christmas in December 2018. The event always consists of a movie screening for middle-schoolers, followed by the distribution of donated presents. Also founder of The Giving Back Fund, Anthony has helped create the “premier philanthropic resource for the sports and entertainment communities”. Working with other public figures and non-profit organizations, Anthony aims to stretch his organization’s influence and reach. In addition, Anthony has made over $4 million in donations to charitable causes in Baltimore, Maryland and Syracuse, New York. 


sports speaker deion sandersDeion Sanders– In collaboration with the politically known Koch brothers and their non-profit Stand Together, Deion Sanders announced the Prime 5 initiative in June 2017. Sanders has made it his mission to tackle poverty in the US, starting with his hometown of Dallas, Texas. Research indicates that poverty is perpetuated by unemployment, family struggles, addiction and trauma, personal debt, and educational failure. It is through remedying these five key issues that Sanders plans to innovate growth in his city. Meant to raise $21 million in fundraising, Prime 5 supports smaller local organizations offering assistance to the community.


 Colin Kaepernick– Best known for beginning the #TakeAKnee movement, Colin Kaepernick has become one of the most well know advocates for minority rights in the world. Kaepernick is paving the way for social change through both personal defiance and charitable donations. Pledging donations to 40 different organizations this year alone, Kaepernick has donated over 2% of his NFL earnings. Using his influence far cause, Kaepernick is raising awareness for lesser known organizations. In addition, Kaepernick has enlisted the help of other celebrities like Serena Williams and Steph Curry to match his donations. A modern American icon, Kaepernick inspires others with his persistence and conviction to transform the lives of millions.


Ronda Rousey– Best known as a former UFC champ and one of the fiercest women in WWE, Ronda Rousey is actually very warm and inviting. Ronda has spoken of body image as being one of her greatest vulnerabilities. With yo-yo diets and strict training regimens, Ronda understands the challenge of overcoming unrealistic physical expectations and mental struggles. Ronda held a fundraiser for Didi Hirsch Mental Health Center, selling merchandise and offering anyone the opportunity to spar with her for nearly $200. As a result, Rousey raised over $1 million to provide mental health care for over 90,000 people. In addition, Rousey’s Free Rice Campaign fed 103,296 people in poor countries. Supporting children with dreams of being a fighter, Rousey has also donated over $25,000 to children’s Judo training. A fighter at heart, Ronda Rousey brings as much passion to her philanthropic works as she does to the ring.


sports speaker jay cutlerJay Cutler– NFL player Jay Cutler had to dramatically alter his lifestyle after being diagnosed with diabetes in 2008. Performing through his health struggles, Cutler is an impressive athlete and even more impressive sports speaker. Understanding chronic illness, Cutler wants to guide children with diabetes to form healthy lifestyle habits. Above all, the Jay Cutler Foundation focuses funding on diabetic research for early detection; however, they also invest in community projects. In conclusion, Jay Cutler exemplifies excellence in everything he does and inspires youth and his peers alike.


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