For a lot of us, sports is a chance to escape from the stress and concerns of the real world. We follow and cheer for men and women exhibiting physical skills most cannot hope to emulate. It is, at its heart, pure entertainment.
But athletes also live in the real world. Many of them realize they have been given remarkable gifts, and if they make it to the professional leagues, they can make very large amounts of money. And many feel a responsibility to give back to the community. There are millions of dollars provided to charities by pro athletes, both through personal donations and fundraising. And often they use their own fame to help draw attention to problems that need to be solved.
“It’s amazing that we even need to have this rally, but the momentum needs to take shape.”- Roger Staubach