Top 25 Most Charitable Athletes

It’s no secret that many professional athletes make ludicrous amounts of money. While some are content to play on their teams and stay out of the spotlight for the most part, there are many athletes who are on par with A-List celebrities in terms of their lifestyles and salaries. The athletes who drop huge amounts of cash on lavish houses, expensive cars, and VIP events often get the most attention, as they become a staple of tabloids.

However, there are also many athletes who spend huge amounts of cash on items that are a little less consumer based and a lot more charitable. Whether they founded their own organization, are ardent supporters of a particular organization or charity, or merely give generous amounts to a whole slew of organizations, many athletes are extremely charitable with their whopping salaries. They realize they live a fairly privileged life and are very conscious of that, making sure to often give back to those less fortunate.

Some athletes take their charitable responsibilities as a surface thing, merely showing up to events periodically to get some good press. However, there are athletes who are completely dedicated to their charitable endeavours, athletes who work tirelessly to support the organizations they believe in, not only by writing cheques but by being involved in the process.

Here are 25 athletes in a wide range of sports who have shown the world exactly how generous and charitable some athletes can be.

25  25. Carmelo Anthony

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24 Eli Manning

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23 Larry Fitzgerald

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22 Tiger Woods

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

21 Charles Tillman

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

20 Nnamdi Asomugha

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

19 Tim Tebow

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

18 Clayton Kershaw

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17 Serena Williams

Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

16 Derek Jeter

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15 Lance Armstrong


14 Andy Roddick

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13 LeBron James

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12 Albert Pujols

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

11 Michael Phelps

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10 Brett Favre


9 Roger Federer

Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

8 Jeff Gordon

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

7 Andre Agassi

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6 Tom Brady

Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

5 Alex Smith

John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

4 Peyton Manning

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3 David Beckham

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2 Drew Brees

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1 Dikembe Mutombo

He has supported the Make-A-Wish Foundation, HOPE Worldwide, FACE Africa, the ONE Campaign, Right to Play, and UNICEF. He was also recognized as a Special Olympics Global Ambassador in 2012.  He also founded the Dijembe Mutombo Foundation in 1997, an organization that seeks to provide help to individuals in his native nation, the Democratic Republic of Congo. Though he is long retired from basketball, he is perhaps as well known for his charitable work over the years as for his basketball career and has won countless accolades for his humanitarianism. He has received a personal invitation to the 2007 State of the Union Address, the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Goodermote Humanitarian Award, and much more. One of the biggest accomplishment of his Foundation was the construction of the Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital in Kinasha, the Congolese capital and Mutombo’s hometown.

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