Braylon Edwards: In an effort to advance 100 inner city youth to college, this New York Jets wide receiver recently cashed in on his promise to pay the students’ college tuition in exchange for their community service and high GPA scores.
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Dwyane Wade: Wade recently hosted “Party With a Purpose” charity weekend, in Florida, to raise proceeds for his D-Wade All Star Basket Ball Camp and Kids 2 Camp Fund. His Wade’s World Foundation supports and provides a myriad of health, education and athletic initiatives for at-risk youth year-round.
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Charles Woodson: This generous Green Bay Packers defensive back recently donated $2 million dollars to the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Michigan, which is scheduled to open in 2012.
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Kevin Durant: This ball player has taken his game overseas as he recently concluded a basketball camp tour, along with Wizards’ Yi Jianlian, in China. Durant shared his personal basketball stories and motivated local hoopers to continuously pursue their dreams.
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David Bruton: While the NFL remains in a lockout, this Bronco safety went back to school – to teach. Bruton returned to his hometown in Ohio to work as a substitute teacher educating high-school students in a variety of subjects, mainly social studies.
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Kobe Bryant: Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant is making a difference around the world as he is currently hosting a five city Asian basketball camp tour. The tour recently kicked off in Seoul, Korea.
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Ndamukong Suh: The NFL rookie of the year recently hosted a youth football camp, and is gearing up to break his Tweetup World Record again this month in which proceeds will benefit the Ndamukong Suh Foundation.
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Carmelo Anthony: The New York Knicks’ small forward has doled out cash to several non-profits through his self-titled foundation he often sponsors special events and programs in underserved communities.
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Asante Samuel: The Philadelphia Eagle defensive back, Asante Samuel has collaborated with Habitat for Humanity to build homes for low-income single mothers through his Bring It Home Single Moms Foundation.
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Tracy McGrady: The Tracy McGrady Foundation supports several youth programs and initiatives; namely, the Boys & Girls Club and Special Olympics. His foundation has expanded its efforts to provide assistance for refugees residing in Darfur.
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With no end in sight for the NBA and NFL lockout, pro-sports fans everywhere await the outcome of this year’s season in angst. Meanwhile, more than a dozen athletes continue to exhibit good sportsmanship, while off the court and field.
In contrast to their ill-mannered, fellow ballers, these players spend their free time supporting local charities and doling out cash in support of community initiatives nationally and internationally.
Here is our compilation of the top ten most philanthropic athletes who are racking up some serious off-court and field advantages.