Li Ning is one of the famous athletes in China. He earned 3 gymnastic gold medals in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and won 14 World Artistic Gymnastic Championship titles in his career. Along with this athletic success, Li Ning has also made great strides as an entrepreneur. He Is the founder of Li-Ning, the largest athletic company in China. What some people might not know is that Li Ning has used his company to help with social welfare programs in China.


In China, many poverty struck areas lack full time physical education teachers, and athletic equipment. In 2006, Li Ling’s company started offering free training to PE teachers and athletic equipment to areas including Shanxi, Shaanxi, Sichuan, Guangxi, Yunnan, and Heilongjiang. His company’s efforts have likely benefited millions of students and children in these areas.


Along with promoting sports in China, Li Ning has also focused on helping rebuild schools in China. In his Li Ning Hope Primary Schools imitative, the organization has helped either construct or rebuilt five primary schools in Guangxi, Gansu, Hebei, Yunnan, and Guizhou.