On June 29, 2022, Carolina Panthers’ star running back Christian McCaffrey launched The Logan Project through his foundation – the Christian McCaffrey Foundation. It’s an initiative that commemorates the vision of a young boy named Logan Hale – he was a Panthers’ superfan.
Hale was born on December 26, 2008 and while the eighth-grader passed away on December 30, 2021, his life was full of accomplishments. He earned his black belt in Taekwondo, has appeared in several films and commercials, and loved to play sports – especially football.
He made sure to be at every Panthers’ home game – something that drew the attention of McCaffrey. The running back sent a video message to Hale in 2021 telling him to continue his fight with cancer. He battled hard, but he’s in a better place now and is smiling down on us.
Is Christian McCaffrey the Only Athlete With a Foundation?
The Logan Project is a special initiative that promises to follow through with one of Hale’s biggest dreams – donating video games to hospitals, ensuring kids around the world have a way to connect with their friends and loved ones while receiving treatment in a hospital setting.
In fact, The Logan Project has already partnered with Gamers Outreach to help raise money for ‘Go Kart’ gaming systems in hospitals around the world – starting with Charlotte’s Levine Children’s Hospital. Every $3,500 raised will provide the hospital with one gaming system.
It’s a wonderful initiative from a wonderful human being in Christian McCaffrey – all of which is commemorating an even more wonderful human being, Logan Hale. To keep the positivity and charitable giving flowing, let’s take a look at 20 other athletes who have their own foundations.
20. Michael Phelps
Michael Phelps is a retired American swimmer who specialized in the butterfly, medley, and freestyle disciplines. With 28 Olympic medals – 23 of which are gold medals – for Team USA, Phelps is the most decorated Olympian and most influential competitive swimmer of all-time.
After winning eight gold medals at the 2008 Olympics, Phelps received a $1 million bonus from Speedo – which he then used to create the Michael Phelps Foundation. According to their website, their “mission is to promote water safety, healthy living, and the pursuit of dreams.”
19. Drew Brees
Drew Brees is a retired American quarterback who spent 20 seasons in the NFL – 15 with the New Orleans Saints and five with the San Diego Chargers. He’s one of the greatest of all-time, throwing for 80,358 yards and 571 touchdowns. He finished his career with a 172-114 record.
Brees created the Brees Dream Foundation in 2003 with his wife, Brittany – in memory of her late aunt. According to their website, their mission is “Improving the quality of life for cancer patients, and providing care, education and opportunities for children and families in need.”
18. Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova is a retired Russian tennis player who turned professional in 2001. Over the next 19 years, she had a 645-171 record and won 36 career singles titles – including five Grand Slam wins. She won well over $38 million in career prize earnings, which is fourth all-time.
In an effort to give back, Sharapova created The Maria Sharapova Foundation to help children around the world achieve their dreams. With her foundation, she has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Chernobyl-related projects and other disasters in her community.
17. Russell Westbrook
Russell Westbrook is an American basketball player who will be entering his 15th season in the NBA. He’s a nine-time All-Star that led the league in assists three times and scoring twice. He was also the 2017 MVP and has averaged a triple double in four of the past six seasons.
As a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, he created the Russell Westbrook Why Not? Foundation in 2012. According to their website, their mission is to “create pathways of empowerment for the underserved population,” and help the youth gain self-confidence.
16. Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant is an American basketball player who will be entering his 15th season in the NBA. He’s a 12-time All-Star, Rookie of the Year, 2014 MVP, four-time scoring champ, two-time NBA champ, and two-time Finals MVP. He averages more than 27 points per game (939 games).
As a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, he created the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation through his firm Thirty Five Ventures. According to their website, they aim to “enrich the lives of at-risk youth from low-income backgrounds through educational, athletic and social programs.”
15. Ndamukong Suh
Ndamukong Suh is an American football player who will be entering his 13th season in the league – though he’s currently a free agent. He’s a five-time Pro Bowler, Super Bowl LV champion, and 2010 Defensive Player of the Year. He has recorded 70.5 career sacks.
It might come as a surprise to those that know how vicious Suh is on the field, but he created The Suh Family Foundation, along with his wife, Katya, in 2011. According to their website, they aim “to supply education, health and wellness, and empowerment resources to those in need.”
14. Larry Fitzgerald
Larry Fitzgerald is an American wide receiver who was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals with the third overall pick in 2004. He spent his entire 17-year career with the team, recording 1,432 receptions for 17,492 yards and 121 touchdowns. He’s an 11-time Pro Bowler and future HOFer.
Fitzgerald has always been big on community and giving back. He established The Larry Fitzgerald Foundation, which aims to promote better educational opportunities for youth and support efforts to prevent and cure breast cancer – as well as support breast cancer survivors.
13. Richard Sherman
Richard Sherman is an American cornerback who will be entering his 12th season in the NFL. He’s a five-time Pro Bowler and won the 2014 Super Bowl with the Seattle Seahawks. During his 11-year career, he has recorded 495 tackles, 37 interceptions, and three touchdowns.
In 2013, he established his own charity called Blanket Coverage – The Richard Sherman Family Foundation. Their primary goal is to help as many kids as possible have adequate school supplies and clothes. With the right tools and resources, children can achieve their dreams.
12. Russell Wilson
Russell Wilson is an American quarterback who will be entering his 11th season in the NFL. He’s a nine-time Pro Bowler and won the 2014 Super Bowl with teammate Richard Sherman. Over the past decade, Wilson has thrown for 37,059 yards and 292 touchdowns (87 INTs).
In 2014, Wilson founded the Why Not You Foundation. Now together with his wife, their objective is “fighting poverty through education, empowering youth to lead with a why not you attitude.” They still have a heavy presence in Seattle, but have growing efforts in his new city of Denver.
11. Roger Federer
Roger Federer is a Swiss tennis player who turned professional back in 1998 and has become one of the greatest players of all-time. He has a singles record of 1,251-275 with 103 titles and 20 Grand Slam titles. He also earned a silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
In 2003, Federer established the Roger Federer Foundation, which aims to promote “a world where children living in poverty are able to take control of their future and actively shape it” by ensuring they have the necessary resources, direction, support, tools, and guidance needed.
10. Neymar Jr.
Neymar Jr. is a Brazilian football (soccer) player who currently plays for Paris Saint-Germain of Ligue 1 in France, as well as the Brazil national team. He has also played for Barcelona and Santos, scoring goals at a rapid pace no matter where he plays. He’s a one-of-a-kind player.
On December 23, 2014, Neymar established the Instituto Projeto Neymar Jr. – devoted to “expanding the opportunities of children, adolescents and their families, who live in social vulnerability; promoting educational, sporting, cultural activities and providing access to health.”
9. Jeff Gordon
Jeff Gordon is a retired American NASCAR driver who’s best known for his time behind the wheel of the No. 24 Chevrolet car for Hendrick Motorsports – an organization he’s now Vice Chairman of. In 25 years with NASCAR, he had 93 wins, 477 top tens, and four Winston Cups.
In 1999, Gordon established the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation, which is dedicated to finding a cure and providing support for pediatric cancer. It has funded cancer research with Children’s Oncology Group, Levine Endowment, Children’s National, and Riley Children’s Hospital.
8. Derek Jeter
Derek Jeter is a retired American baseball player who played 20 seasons with the New York Yankees – batting .310 with 3,465 hits, 260 home runs, 1,311 runs batted in, 1,923 runs scored, and 358 stolen bases. He was a 14-time All-Star, five-time World Series champ, and HOFer.
In 1996, Jeter established the Turn 2 Foundation with his father. Their mission is “to motivate young people to turn away from drugs and alcohol and “Turn 2” healthy lifestyles.” Jeter’s father was a counselor for drug and alcohol abuse victims, which motivated him to start the foundation.
7. Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods is an American golfer who turned professional way back in 1996 after playing two years at Stanford University. In his 25+ years on the PGA Tour, Woods has 82 wins and 110 wins overall. He’s a 15-time major champion, including five Masters Tournament green jackets.
In 1996, he established the TGR Foundation with his father “to create a world where opportunity is universal and potential is limitless” by providing the youth with tools, like “STEM coursework, college-access programs, digital platforms, and educator professional development.”
6. Curtis Granderson
Curtis Granderson is a retired baseball player who played 16 seasons in the MLB with seven different teams. He batted a career .249 with 1,800 hits, 344 home runs, 937 runs batted in, 1,217 runs scored, and 153 stolen bases. He was a three-time All-Star and Silver Slugger.
In 2007, as a member of the Detroit Lions, Granderson established the Grand Kids Foundation. Their primary goal is to “aid positive youth development through education, physical fitness, and nutrition initiatives. They celebrated a decade of hard work in 2017 at the NY Public Library.
5. Albert Pujols
Albert Pujols is a Dominican-American baseball player who is currently playing in his 22nd season in the MLB and first with the St. Louis Cardinals since 2011. He’s a three-time MVP, former Rookie of the Year, 10-time All-Star, two-time World Series champ, and future HOFer.
In 2005, along with his wife, Albert Pujols established the Pujols Family Foundation, which exists to “honor God and strengthen families through our works, deeds, and examples.” They primarily focus on poverty in the Dominican Republic and children with Down syndrome in America.
4. Stephen Curry
Stephen Curry is an American basketball player who has spent the past 13 seasons with the Golden State Warriors. During that time, he has won two MVP awards, four championships, a Finals MVP, and made eight All-Star appearances. He also led the league in scoring twice.
In 2019, along with his wife Ayesha Curry, Steph established the Eat. Learn. Play Foundation, which is headquartered in Oakland, California. They “committed to unlocking the amazing potential of every child by” providing educational, nutritional, and physical tools or resources.
3. Tom Brady
Tom Brady is an American quarterback who spent 20 seasons with the New England Patriots before spending the past two with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He won seven Super Bowls, five Super Bowl MVP awards, three AP MVP awards, and two Offensive Player of the Year awards.
In 2016, alongside Boston Private and Robert Paul Properties, Brady established the TB12 Foundation. Together, their primary mission is to “help athletes improve longevity, prevent injury and stay on the field, court, track or course doing what they love better — and for longer. ”
2. J.J. Watt
J.J. Watt is an American defensive end who spent the first 10 years of his career with the Houston Texans before spending last season with the Arizona Cardinals. He has 102.0 career sacks and is a five-time Pro Bowler, three-time Defensive Player of the Year, and future HOFer.
In 2010, he established the JJ Watt Foundation, aiming to “provide after-school opportunities for middle-school aged children in the community to become involved in athletics, so that they may learn the character traits of accountability, teamwork, leadership, work ethic, and perseverance.”
1. LeBron James
LeBron James is an American basketball player who will be entering his 20th season in the NBA. He’s one of the greatest players to ever grace the court, being named to 18 All-Star games and winning four MVPs, four championships, and four Finals MVPs along the way.
In 2005, as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, James founded the LeBron James Family Foundation. Since then, the foundation has opened an elementary school, housing complex, retail plaza/community center, and medical center in his hometown of Akron, Ohio.
How Can You Help Christian McCaffrey & Others?
This isn’t the first initiative by the Christian McCaffrey Foundation – in fact, The Logan Project is now the fourth initiative by the Panthers’ running back. McCaffrey also has the #22andYOU (frontline workers), #22Together (underserved youth), and #22andTroops (veterans) initiatives.
If you’d like to donate to The Logan Project, or any of the other initiatives currently active with the foundation, then visit their official website and click the ‘Donate’ button. Any amount is acceptable as every penny counts! Eventually, every hospital will have gaming systems ready.
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I always say, it’s incredible how much we’re capable of when we all work together. There’s too many people in this world for us to not band together and find solutions together. The more people that decide to help, the quicker we can help those that need it most – so take action!
20 Athletes Who Have Used Their Athlete Money for Good
As sports leagues around the world continue to grow more popular, profitable, and valuable, it can only mean one thing – star athletes are cashing in on that athlete money. And when you look at some of the contracts being signed in the sports community today, you’ll have proof.
For example, Aaron Rodgers just signed a contract that will pay him over $50 million next year. Max Scherzer of the MLB is making over $43 million this year, there are 10 players in the NBA that made over $39 million this year, and Connor McDavid of the NHL makes over $15 million.
You also have to consider the amount of money boxers and mixed martial artists receive. For those that receive the money fight, there can be several million dollars up for grabs – sometimes even several hundred million dollars (Floyd Mayweather made more than $275 million in 2015).
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Real Examples of Athlete Money Going to Good Use
Athletes are making some insane money these days and while a lot of it goes toward their expensive and luxurious lifestyle, they do their part in regards to giving back and helping the community. They understand that big money comes with big responsibilities and expectations.
Every day, we hear new stories about athletes donating to charity, volunteering their time, and helping out those that need it most. It’s not just something we see when tragedies happen or natural disasters occur, but it’s something that happens on the regular when it’s least expected.
Of all the athletes known for their charitable donations and philanthropic efforts, we’re going to go over 20 of the most notable. They might come from different backgrounds and play different sports, but they all share one thing in common – their extreme level of love and care for others.
20. Ronda Rousey
Ronda Rousey is known for her charity work and donations. For example, she once donated $30,000 to Instituto Recao, a judo school in Brazil, in March of 2015. Several months later, she donated her UFC 190 championship belt to the school, where it has called home ever since.
Rousey is one of the greatest female MMA fighters of all-time. She finished her career with a 12-2-0 record inside the octagon – which included nine submissions and three knockouts. She was the inaugural UFC bantamweight champion and defended her title a total of six times.
19. John Cena
John Cena loves spending quality time with children through the Make a Wish Foundation, but he also donates money when he feels necessary. In 2020, he donated an unnamed amount to the Black Lives Matter movement through the BTS ARMY’s ‘Match a Million’ movement.
Cena is one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all-time, but he has also found success as an actor – which is more what he’s focusing on now. He’s a 16-time world champion – a joint record for most all-time – and has won 13 WWE Championship – another all-time record.
18. Carlos Beltran
Carlos Beltran is a native Puerto Rican and when a hurricane devastated the Caribbean, he created a fundraising campaign to provide hurricane relief to areas that needed it most. Him and his wife spearheaded the fundraiser with an initial donation of $1 million – a hefty donation.
Beltran spent 20 years in the major leagues – mostly with the Royals, Yankees, and Mets. He finished his career with a .279 batting average, 2,725 hits, 435 home runs, 1,587 runs batted in, and 1,582 runs scored. He won the 2017 World Series and was a former Rookie of the Year.
17. Curtis Granderson
Curtis Granderson founded the Grand Kids Foundation over 15 years ago and it has raised over 40 million meals to those in need. He also once made a personal donation of 42,000 meals to honor Jackie Robinson and a $5 million donation for a new University of Illinois stadium.
Granderson spent 16 seasons in the major leagues – mostly with the Tigers, Yankees, and Mets. He finished his career with a .249 batting average, 1,800 hits, 344 home runs, 937 runs batted in, and 1,217 runs scored. He’s a three-time All-Star and won one Silver Slugger award.
16. Larry Fitzgerald
Aside from his The Larry Fitzgerald Foundation, Larry Fitzgerald is known for his generous ways and giving back. In 2020, he donated $120,000 to Valley Boys & Girls Clubs. He also donated $0.25/new follower, $1,000/rec, and $10,000/TD for the entire month of October in 2013.
Fitzgerald spent 17 seasons in the NFL – all of which with the Arizona Cardinals. He finished his career with 1,432 receptions, 121 touchdowns, and 17,492 receiving yards. He was an 11-time Pro Bowler, one-time All-Pro player, and won the 2016 Walter Payton Man of the Year award.
15. Chris Long
Through the Chris Long Foundation, Chris Long donated his entire 2017 salary to educational charities in the three cities he has played for throughout his career. The total donation came out to $1 million and he donated another $625,000 (a quarter of his salary) to charity in 2018.
Chris Long spent 11 seasons in the NFL with the St. Louis Rams, New England Patriots, and Philadelphia Eagles. He retired with 332 tackles, 85 tackles for loss, 70.0 sacks, 15 forced fumbles, 6 fumble recoveries, and one defensive TD. He was a two-time Super Bowl champ.
14. Thabo Sefolosha
In 2015, Thabo Sefolosha was a victim of police brutality after being arrested outside of a club. He sued New York City and was awarded roughly $4 million when he won the lawsuit. He ended up donating a significant portion of that $4 million to an organization that trains public defenders.
Sefolosha spent 14 years in the NBA, mostly with the Bulls, Hawks, and Thunder. He finished his career with 5.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.1 steals, and 0.4 blocks in 21.9 minutes per game. He had his best stint with the Oklahoma City Thunder between 2009 and 2014.
13. Yuna Kim
Yuna Kim is not only a goodwill ambassador to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), but she has donated over 3.1 billion won (around $2.67 milloin) to different charities and non-profit organizations (as of 2015). She’s one of the most charitable athletes in the world.
Kim is a former Olympic figure skater that represented South Korea in the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics – where she won a gold medal and silver medal. She also won two golds, two silvers, and two bronzes at the World Championships and three more gold medals at the Grand Prix.
12. Russell Wilson
Russell Wilson is one of the most respected athletes. Along with his wife, Ciara, they’re always giving back – including one million meals to Food Lifeline in 2020, a donation of $1,060,005 to Strong Against Cancer in 2016, and $2 million to Washington Charter School in 2020.
Wilson has spent the past 10 seasons in the NFL – all of which with the Seattle Seahawks. He has thrown for 37,059 yards, 292 touchdowns, and 87 interceptions, and ran for 4,689 yards and 23 touchdowns. He’s looking to win his second career title in his first season with his new team.
11. Roger Federer
Roger Federer has always been a man of the people and he has proved it time and again through his Roger Federer Foundation, which he founded in 2003. He continued to prove his goodwill with a $500,000 donation to continued schooling for Ukrainian children in March 2022.
Federer is one of the greatest tennis players of all-time. He has a 1,251-275 career singles record (103 titles) and 131-92 career doubles record (8 titles). He won a total of 20 Grand Slam tournaments – including the Wimbledon a record eight times and the Australian Open six times.
10. Andre Agassi
Not only did Andre Agassi found the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy in Las Vegas in 2001, but six years later he helped co-found Athletes for Hope to help athletes get involved in charitable causes. He also donates frequently, including $250,000 to CORE Academy in 2021.
Agassi is one of the greatest, most-recognizable tennis players of all-time. He turned pro in 1986 and retired in 2006 with a 870-274 singles record (60 titles) and a 40-42 doubles record (one title). He won eight Grand Slam tournaments, including four wins at the Australian Open.
9. Dikembe Mutombo
Dikembe Mutombo grew up in Congo and helped pave the way for many African basketball players today. He founded the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation to help improve living conditions in his home country and donated millions to build the Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital in Congo.
Mutombo spent 18 years in the NBA and had himself a Hall of Fame career. He retired with 9.8 points, 10.3 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.4 steals, and 2.8 blocks per game. He was a four-time Defensive Player of the Year, led the league in blocks three times, and in rebounds twice.
8. Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods has earned over $120 million on the PGA Tour, but he’s generous with it. Since 1999, all winnings from the Chevron World Challenge, Deutsche Bank Championship, and AT&T National tournaments have gone to his TGR Foundation – totaling over $12 million in donations.
Woods is one of the greatest golfers of all-time, turning professional in 1996 and continuing his success to this day. He’s tied for first all-time with 82 PGA Tour wins (110 professional wins) and ranks second all-time with 15 major championships. He has won the Masters five times.
7. Drew Brees
Drew Brees has done a lot for the state of Louisiana and city of New Orleans. In 2012, he donated a total of $3 million for Superstorm Sandy relief efforts. He also donated $10 million to help the area get through the COVID-19 pandemic – all through his Brees Dream Foundation.
Brees spent 20 seasons in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers and New Orleans Saints. He finished his career with a 172-114-0 record and threw for 80,358 yards, 571 touchdowns, and 243 interceptions. He won the Super Bowl once and was Offensive Player of the Year twice.
6. Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the highest-earning soccer players of all-time. In fact, he once auctioned off his Golden Boot award for $1.5 million and donated the money to build multiple schools in Gaza. He has done this multiple times with different awards and prize money.
Ronaldo has spent the past 20+ years making a name for himself on the football field. He has played for some of the biggest teams in football, including Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Juventus. He has scored 698 career goals and assisted on 230 more in 933 career matches.
5. LeBron James
LeBron James does more than use his platform to demand change, but he literally enacts change through his LeBron James Family Foundation – which has helped build the I Promise School in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. He has also donated millions of dollars to charities.
James is one of the greatest basketball players of all-time. He will be entering his 20th season in the NBA and has averaged 27.1 points, 7.5 rebounds, 7.4 assists, 1.6 steals, and 0.8 blocks per game. He’s a four-time champion, a four-time MVP, four-time Finals MVP, and 18-time All-Star.
4. J.J. Watt
J.J. Watt takes his charitable efforts seriously and puts it on display often in his community. He has helped raise millions through his JJ Watt Foundation, including $41 million for Hurricane Harvey relief in 2017. He also paid for the victim’s funerals after the Santa Fe school shooting.
Watt will be entering his 12th season in the NFL – spending 10 seasons with the Houston Texans and one with the Arizona Cardinals. He’s a three-time Defensive Player of the Year with 102.0 career sacks, 177 tackles for loss, 26 forced fumbles, and three defensive touchdowns.
3. Shaquille O’Neal
Shaquille O’Neal seems to make headlines with his donations every week. For example, he once donated 1,000 PS5 and 1,000 Nintendo Switch consoles to underprivileged kids recently. A lot of his charitable efforts are personal, one-on-one interactions with some of his biggest fans.
O’Neal spent 19 seasons in the NBA – mostly with the Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, and Orlando Magic. He averaged 23.7 points, 10.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 0.6 steals, and 2.3 blocks per game. He was a four-time champion, one-time MVP, and two-time scoring champion.
2. Serena Williams
Much like Yuna Kim, Serena Williams is a goodwill ambassador to the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and donates to charities regularly. She once donated over 4 million masks to schools and donated $1 million to help build a tennis complex.
Williams is one of the greatest female tennis players ever. She turned pro in 1995 and continues to play to this day, though she’s in the backend of her career. She has a career 855-152 singles record (73 titles), 23 Grand Slam tournament wins, and over $94 million in career earnings.
1. Roberto Clemente
In 1972, a massive earthquake occurred in Nicaragua that killed between 4,000 and 11,000 people, injured another 20,000 people, and left more than 300,000 residents homeless. Roberto Clemente, a Hall of Fame baseball player, decided to fly out there to deliver humanitarian aid.
En route to Nicaragua, the cargo plane he was traveling in crashed and killed all five people aboard – including Clemente. It brought a sudden end to an 18-year MLB career that included 240 home runs, 1,305 runs batted in, and 1,416 runs scored in 2,433 career games played.
As Athletes Grow Richer, So Do Their Charitable Efforts
At the beginning of this article, we listed some of the highest-earning athletes in their respective sport. What’s crazy about the sports world today is that those names will likely change by next year because contracts seem to increase annually – they just keep getting bigger and bigger.
As the contracts grow larger, so will the donations and the charitable effort. It’s a good thing because there are millions of people out there that rely on those donations and it’s something that reciprocates as more people join in on the donations, volunteering, and charitable help.
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If you’ve got the charitable bug after reading this post, take action and donate to a local charity that you believe in – even if it’s just $5 because every dollar counts. If you don’t have money, you can always donate your time by volunteering at a non-profit organization that needs help.
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