Professional athletes are revered for their elite skills. By attaining success at the top level of the sport, they are admired by fans all over the world. This means that every little move is analyzed and occasionally scrutinized. If a player commits an egregious penalty, millions of people may be talking about it the next day. However, there’s a flip side to this level of attention. Athletes that care not just about the advancement of themselves, their family and their team can use this position of influence for the greater good.
While the world’s greatest athletes may be most remembered for what they did on the court or on the field, arguably their most important work is done elsewhere. Charity has long been a vital part of the world of sports. The idea of giving back to a local community is a very important job for any team.
Coaches can use sports team websites to teach athletes that they can also be a great aid to their community. Sports can help bring teammates together not just for an athletic endeavor, but also for a philanthropic purpose.
Tottenham football club supports young people in China
According to The Sports Review, the Tottenham Hotspur football club will wear special edition shirts that prominently feature the logo of a charity for disadvantaged young people in China. The team has a longstanding partnership with AIA China.
“The club, through its award-winning foundation, has a proven track record of using the power of football to create life-changing opportunities for young people within our local community, and we are proud to be able to take this work to a global level in support of the AIA China Youth Football Development program,” Spurs chairman Daniel Levy told the news outlet.
Bruins cut their hair for charity
For the first time in team history, the entire Boston Bruins team will participate in the “Cuts for a Cause” charity, Bostinno reported. The initiative will raise money for the Boston Bruins Foundation and the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center. The news outlet noted that the cause has tallied $360,000 in the past seven years.
“It took a little bit of negotiating with some of the guys,” center Patrice Bergeron told the news outlet. “I mean, Loui [Eriksson] thinks he’s got the best hair on the team, so it was hard for me to get him, but he’s on board and he’s going to be doing it. I’m very excited.”