Champions for Great Causes
April 27th, 2016 | by Michelle
Pro athletes might be loud and proud on the field, but when the final buzzer sounds, many are known for quietly serving another team. These Texas-size sports stars have dedicated themselves to being champions for great causes, creating winning foundations that benefit the entire Dallas-Fort Worth community.
Today he’s the 22-year-old star of the professional golf circuit. But before Jordan Spieth had dreams of winning a PGA Tour event, the Dallas native dreamed of building a philanthropic legacy in honor of his younger sister and biggest fan, Ellie, who was born with a neurological disorder on the autism spectrum. The Jordan Spieth Family Foundation’s primary focus is to provide educational opportunities and experiences for children with special needs. The Foundation also supports junior golf organizations and returning veterans. jordanspiethgolf.com
Roger Staubach | Staubach Family Foundation
Roger Staubach has been a team player in the Dallas area for more than 40 years, making touchdowns on and off the field. When it comes to the foundation he started with his family in 1979, Staubach plays by his own rules. The Family Foundation does not solicit donations, throw fundraising parties or even seek publicity. Nearly every penny that is given to the charity comes straight from his pocket to well-deserved local organizations like the Genesis Women’s Shelter and Children’s Cancer Fund. Staubach also founded Allies in Service, a nonprofit supporting Dallas-area veterans and their families. For more information on both foundations, visit alliesinservice.org.
From the Cowboy’s field at AT&T Stadium to children’s medical centers across the country, Troy Aikman continues bringing happiness to the Metroplex. Aikman’s Foundation for Children touches lives by creating colorful, state-of-the-art interactive playrooms in children’s hospitals like Children’s Medical Center and Cook Children’s Medical Center. “Aikman’s End Zones” create home theaters and computers that are networked to other centers with Aikman areas, empowering critically ill children across the world to form a team of their own. aikman.com
North Texas neighborhoods are training hard and growing strong with the Mavs Foundation. In the past 20 years, the Foundation has granted over $3.5 million to nonprofit organizations serving women, children and families in need and created numerous seasonal projects that empower underprivileged communities. Each season, the Mavs refurbish a basketball court to encourage healthy living at a local nonprofit and creates a Reading & Learning Center to provide resources for homework help, job skills training and educational programs at another. mavs.com
– Molly Grace Brown
Read all the great articles in our April 2016 Papercity insert.
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