Athletes Who CarePosted: December 5, 2012
The Power of Ten
In 1987, SI bestowed its highest honor on a group of sports figures dedicated to helping others. A quarter-century later, athletes are channeling the same passion and commitment to ever broader issues, on an ever widening scale.
Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona Cardinals WR): Last spring the Cardinals’ All-Pro wideout visited drought-stricken Ethiopia with Ravens receiver Anquan Boldin, planting trees and assisting on an irrigation project in drought-plagued villages (page 5).
Chrissie Wellington (English Triathlete): The former U.K. government aid worker now dominates professional triathlon, and she carries on her activism in causes ranging from cancer awareness to female education in Nepal (page 6).
Didier Drogba (Ivorian Soccer Player): Africa’s most prominent soccer star has earmarked all of his millions in endorsement money to improving medical care and conditions in native Ivory Coast (page 7).
Grant Hill (LA Clippers Small Forward): The NBA veteran has worked with Michele Obama’s antiobesity initiative and works to improve nutrition in inner cities (page 7).
Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever Forward): A hearing impairment didn’t slow her rise to basketball stardom, and now Catchings runs several programs aimed at building confidence in kids (page 9).
Steve Mesler (American Bobsledder): The U.S. bobsled gold medalist launched an initiative in which athletes promote the Olympic ideal through regular video chats with school kids (page 9).
Kelly Brush Davisson (Competitive handcyclist): After a ski injury, Brush turned to competitive handcycling and raises funds to subsidize adaptive sports equipment for disabled athletes (page 11).
Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles Dodgers Pitcher): Just 24, the 2011 Cy Young winner and ’12 Clemente Award honoree built an orphanage in Zambia and supports a wide range of Stateside charities (page 11).
Brendon Ayanbadejo (Baltimore Ravens Linebacker): The veteran Ravens’ linebacker is a married and avowedly straight father of two. Yet he has been a happy warrior on the front lines of gay rights (page 12).
Roz Savage (British Ocean Rower): The lone woman to cross the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans solo is a leading practitioner in conservation and climate change (page 13).