BY LISA COSTANTINI | NOV. 15, 2015, 12:30 P.M. (ET)
National Philanthropy Day (Nov. 15) is a celebration of giving — a day where people can come together for a greater good and celebrate those who have made the world a better place. We gathered 75 of the many, many ways Team USA athletes are helping change the world with their giving hearts, and we wanted to honor their efforts off the field.
1. Three-time Olympic snowboarder Kelly Clark started a foundation in her name in 2010 to help provide youth with the resources and opportunities they need to achieve their highest potential through snowboarding.
2. Olympic triathlete Gwen Jorgensen established a scholarship to help support junior triathletes pursue excellence.
3. One of the causes that 11-time Olympic medalist swimmer Ryan Lochte supports is the Mac Crutchfield Foundation, which was started on behalf of a 12-year-old boy who drowned during a rainstorm. The foundation puts on events that help raise money for swim scholarships.
4. Ice dancer Denis Petukhov and his wife and skating partner, Melissa Gregory, started Fever On Ice. The program teaches students skating instruction and academic tutoring as well as education on the science behind the sport.
5. “Never ever give up” was a motto retired Olympic swimmer Kaitlin Sandeno used to live by, even before she started working with the Jessie Rees Foundation, which promoted the same mentality. The inspiration behind the foundation was a 12-year-old girl named Jessica Rees who courageously fought two brain tumors until she died. Their mission is to help other children fighting cancer “never ever give up.”
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