Derek Jeter was on Jimmy Fallon recently to discuss his charity Turn2 Us. While the pair mostly cracked jokes, it was clear that this charity was very important to Jeter.
“If I make it to the Major Leagues,” he told his father, “I want to set up a foundation that will have a positive impact on kids. I want to help nurture dreams. I want to show kids there’s another way to go.” – Derek Jeter, DerekJeter.com
Once going pro he started his charity Turn2 Us that focuses on helping youth with drug and alcohol problems. Since 1996 the charity has given over 16 million dollars to create programs that will give youth drug free outlets. The programs support healthy and academic lifestyles. Jeter hosts an annual Derek Jeter Celebrity Golf Classic in Florida as well as Turn 2 Foundation Dinner in New York. Both raise money to continue his programs Turn 2 Us Healthy Lifestyles, Turn 2 After School, Turn 2 Baseball Clinics, Proud To Be Me, Turn 2 Smart Moves as well as other programs that are all successful.
If you are like most people, you will recognize Dikembe Mutombo from his incredible shot blocks and the hilarious finger wag. Off the court, Mutombo’s infamous “No, no, no” becomes “Yes, yes, yes” in terms of charity. Mutombo came to the NBA from the Democratic Republic of Congo with the goal of returning with help. The giant Center played all over the NBA, impressing the country as he led the league in blocks year after year. Ending his career in 2008, he has the second most blocks in the NBA.
In 1997, he founded the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation to improve the community in the DRC. The foundation works to help spread awareness about health through an emphasis on primary care and disease prevention. This foundation still succeeds through this day, saving the lives of hundreds of thousands in the war-torn area. Mutombo shocked the world in 2001 when he donated $15 million to build a hospital in his hometown. This hospital is the first modern medical facility in 50 years in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Mutomobo still uses his image all around the world playing basketball and teaching the importance of giving back to those in a time of need.
“When you take the elevator to the top, please don’t forget to send it down, so that someone else can take it to the top.”
Detroit Lions NFL player Ndamukong Suh is best known for his aggressive style of playing football. It has served him well as he has racked up awards starting in his college football days. Maybe it is all the awards he earned at his alma mater University of Nebraska, that has led him to donate two million to the university as well as another 600,000 dollars to the university’s engineering program for an endowment scholarship. This made it the largest single gift from a former football player at the university.
Suh’s kindness continues with the creation of Suh Foundation in 2010. The foundation has already impacted the lives of over 2,000 children through its core values of education, health and wellness. The foundation has many different programs, such as SUHsday which is where Suh goes out into the community to volunteer during his days off from football season. Suh has also implemented a 90 Backpack Program where he identifies 90 students in need. The backpack is full of notebooks, folders, and anything else students might need to do well in school. Check out everything Suh is doing to give back at www.suhfoundation.org.