Michael Phelps took his passion for swimming and incorporated it into his foundation that promotes healthy and active lives for children. Michael Phelps used the one million dollars he received from his sponsor Speedo when he won eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Since then Phelps has been working with Boys & Girls Club as well as developing a swimming program titled “im” with KidsHealth.org. The im program provides The Boys & Girls Club with training, staffing, equipment and more all to make sure they are running smoothly and supporting the children to depend on their services. On top of that the Michael Phelps Foundation im program promotes water-safety programs nationwide through offering water safety classes and other techniques that Phelps has implemented in his own swimming career. All of his charitable programs doesn’t go unnoticed as he was honored with a Humanitarian Award at the 34th annual American Image awards that is sponsored by American Apparel and Footwear association. Check out how you can get involved at www.michaelphelpsfoundation.com .
Many stars have foundations and charities, but very few are giving as much as 49ers quarterback Alex Smith. His foundation focuses on supporting children who are abandoned in foster programs. The foundation makes sure that these children who are about to become adults get mentoring, a good education, housing, and internships so that they are ready for their first job. The foundation has a Guardian Scholars Program that uplifts foster youth who have experienced significant hardships and problems getting a college education.
Alex Smith’s foundation stays active and they have joined together with Helix High School to have a Mustache Fundraiser. A fun and new idea where participants grow a mustache and collect sponsors and donate directly to the Alex Smith Foundation. So start growing your mustache or find someone who is and support the cause!
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Description: Linking sports with HIV/AIDS prevention. Kicking Aids Out uses sports to help build awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS, and to encourage its participants to discuss and solve problems affecting them and their community. Along with teaching about educating children on HIV/AIDS, the organization also seeks to help youth develop life skills. The organization choose sports, as it believes that sports is the effective and creative way to attract youth and share the message of HIV/AIDS and other issues with them
Its Mission: To provide a platform for sharing, learning, cooperation and visibility among organisations that use sport to empower and positively influence the lives of young people.
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