I'm no huge fan of a lot of the professional athletes I see out there in the limelight. Too many seem to have developed extraordinarily in their physical domain, but not so much as people. But every once in a while someone comes along that makes me go, wow. The athlete that uses his or her status to make a positive impact, rather than just a source of ego fuel.
This morning, with Athletes for Hope, I ran across twelve of them...
A group of 12 athletes -- the ultimate superstars -- who have rewritten the record books in their own sports are now passing that passion for excellence on to the rest of the country. But the prize is bigger than any medal or any ring. This prize, and the formation of the new charity Athletes for Hope, is about making the world a better place.
It started with soccer superstar Mia Hamm, tennis great Andre Agassi and cycling legend Lance Armstrong. The long-established champions of giving back decided to reach out to their fellow athletes to see if together they could do even more.
Now they have assembled a dream team of philanthropy that includes gravity-defying skateboarder Tony Hawk, explosive running back Warrick Dunn, racing king Jeff Gordon, Olympic gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee, former tennis phenom Andrea Jaegger and boxing legend Muhammad Ali.