Top 5 Athletes supporting charity work in Africa

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It’s no secret that many professional athletes make ludicrous amounts of money. While some are content to play on their teams and stay out of the spotlight for the most part, there are many athletes who are on par with A-List celebrities in terms of their lifestyles and salaries. The athletes who drop huge amounts of cash on lavish houses, expensive cars, and VIP events often get the most attention, as they become a staple of tabloids.

However, there are also many athletes who spend huge amounts of cash on items that are a little less consumer based and a lot more charitable. Whether they founded their own organization, are ardent supporters of a particular organization or charity, or merely give generous amounts to a whole slew of organizations, many athletes are extremely charitable with their whopping salaries. They realize they live a fairly privileged life and are very conscious of that, making sure to often give back to those less fortunate.

Here is a list of sportsmen and sportswomen supporting charity work in Africa.

1. Dikembe Mutombo-Basketball

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 He has supported the Make-A-Wish Foundation, HOPE Worldwide, FACE Africa, the ONE Campaign, Right to Play, and UNICEF. He was also recognized as a Special Olympics Global Ambassador in 2012.  He also founded the Dijembe Mutombo Foundation in 1997, an organization that seeks to provide help to individuals in his native nation, the Democratic Republic of Congo. Though he is long retired from basketball, he is perhaps as well known for his charitable work over the years as for his basketball career and has won countless accolades for his humanitarianism. He has received a personal invitation to the 2007 State of the Union Address, the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Goodermote Humanitarian Award, and much more. One of the biggest accomplishment of his Foundation was the construction of the Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital in Kinasha, the Congolese capital and Mutombo’s hometown.

2. Clayton Kershaw-Basebell

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Kershaw established Kershaw’s Challenge after he visited Africa with his wife during a Christian mission. Inspired by a child named Hope, he combined his desire to help Hope and children like her with his baseball skills and designed the concept of “Striking out to Serve.” He encourages individuals to give back with whatever skills, passion, or purpose they have, like his skill at baseball.

3. Serena Williams-Tennis

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Williams supports numerous charitable organizations, amongst them the Common Ground Foundation, Build African Schools, the Elton John AIDS Foundation, the Eva Longoria Foundation, Hearts of Gold, and more. She has also been named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

4. Andre Agassi

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