There was plenty of bad news involving athletes in 2015. From Greg Hardy to Ray Rice, and Johnny Manziel to most recently, Aroldis Chapman, the sports world is littered with creeps and thugs.
Which is why here at Headline Politics, we like to salute those athletes trying to make a positive difference in their communities.
Here are the top 5 examples of the good that athletes can do with their talents and earnings.
Westbrook kicked off Thanksgiving celebrations in Oklahoma City by dishing out over 850 holiday meals to members of the local Boys & Girls Club.
King James, as he’s often referred to, made a very simple gesture that probably touched the heart of a young man for the rest of his life. James walked over and acknowledged a special olympian – who happened to be wearing the opposing team’s jersey – shook his hand and gave him a pair of the NBA star’s shoes.
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Andre Johnson took 12 needy children in Houston, where he formerly played, and gave them 81 seconds to fill up their shopping carts at the local Toys R Us. $18,000 later, those 12 kids had the best Christmas they’ve ever had.
— Courtney Fischer (@CourtneyABC13) December 8, 2015
The Denver Broncos quarterback responded big-time to the attack in Chattanooga, Tennessee, that left Marines Thomas Sullivan, Skip Wells, David Wyatt, and Carson Holmquist, and Sailor Randall Smith dead at the hands of a terrorist attack. Manning traveled to the town and visited with police officers as well as military members.
Tim Tebow, a man considered ‘polarizing’ by the media, demonstrated his Christian faith and charity once again, taking the time to visit sick kids at the Wolfson Children’s Hospital earlier this year. One particular fan, his bed decked out in Florida Gators gear, was overwhelmed that the famous quarterback would take the time to visit him. He had a tough time speaking and couldn’t hold back the tears.
Those were the 5 best moments provided by athletes this past year. We salute all those on this list for their efforts to help better their community and enrich the lives of those less fortunate.
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