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!
Serena Williams is one of America’s most beloved women’s tennis players. Not only did she earn a Singles and Doubles Gold medal during the 2012 London Olympics, but she has won 15 career singles and 15 doubles Grand Slams. Her tennis records have not only given Americans immense pride, but African Americans and women. Her success lifts up two marginalized groups, cutting through the American social fabric.
Williams was raised in Compton, California and her father first showed her and her sister how to play tennis at the age of four and since then she has grown to become one of the dominant figures in professional tennis. On top of that Williams has become a household brand through film and television, business, fashion, and of course philanthropy. She has had a strong relationship with UNICEF as a Goodwill Ambassador and most recently has founded the charity Driving Force Giving Circle. Williams was quoted as saying,
“I am very proud to be a founder of Driving Force Giving Circle and feel fortunate to have the support of great friends and the community to help me kick it off with our inaugural event. I plan to use this platform to lend a megaphone to the causes that are most important to me and look forward to making a real difference.”
The charity kicked off with a karaoke fundraiser in New York with the proceeds of the event going to The Serena Williams Fund, Huddle Up!, and other DFGC charities. To get inspired to reach your goals and give back check out the trailer to the documentary on the William’s sisters below.
The youngest and first ever Asian Tennis Grandslam Champion. Michael Chang won the French Open in 1989. Although he achieved great success on the court, Chang has also done a lot of work off the court to help social causes.
In 1994, Chang was elected by fellow players to become Chairman of ATP Tour Charities. In that role, he worked on supporting grass root tennis movements in Asia. Two of his notable programs he started include the Stars of the Future program in Hong Kong and the Reebok Challenge in various parts of Asia. His work in that position earned him recognition from USA Today twice as one of the 5 most caring athletes in the world.
Along with helping develop tennis programs, Chang has participated in other charity developments including the American Library Association READ! program, and the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation. The reading program aims to stop illeracy in the United States, and the fishing programs raises awareness of the need to protect endangered fish species.