Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?”
For the fourth consecutive year, Athletes for Hope held a national service week in honor of Dr. King. We received an incredible response from athletes across the country who felt empowered to give back during this important time. Pro and Olympic athletes from eight different sports, including basketball, bobsledding, boxing, cycling, skateboarding, soccer, track & field, and volleyball volunteered with charities across many causes and states around the United States. A few of this year’s MLK Jr. campaign athlete-charity connections include:
Bobsledder Jeremy Holm inspired youth at he discussed his journey to success with multiple juvenile detention centers in Salt Lake City, UT.
Skateboarder Doug Brown partnered with First Book in a social media campaign to raise awareness for children’s literacy while he also took the time to share his inspirational story with children at the Arlington Boys and Girls Club in Akron, OH.
US Women’s Soccer player Heather Mitts captivated her audience of nearly 100 children at The Community Partnership School in Philadelphia, PA.
Former NBA Star Etan Thomas and his family volunteered with First Book in a variety of activities including packing books into backpacks for underserved children in Washington, D.C.
Boxer Ann-Marie Saccurato brightened the day of many sick children at Palm Beach Children’s Hospital in Palm Beach, FL.