Many athletes donate to charities, but few do so on their own merit. Most athletes or celebrities who “find God” or start a foundation are acting as such in order to squash negative media feedback from something stupid they have done (ex. a certain quarterback in Pittsburgh nicknamed after a clock in London). Such isn’t the case for Larry Fitzgerald. The star receiver gives every year to a charity that really hits home for him. Fitzgerald lost his mother to breast cancer back in 2003 and is leading the effort to raise awareness and help battle the disease.
“If the cause is right and people think you are sincere about the cause, they’ll get on board and follow you,” he said. “When you have a platform that allows you to have some positive influence, it’s your responsibility to do what’s right for society.” Highly regarded as one of the good guys in sports as well as the dominant athlete in his profession, Larry Fitzgerald is one athlete I wouldn’t mind my imaginary kids emulating.
“In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness I am donating .25 for every new follower I get on Facebook and Twitter combined. I will also give $5,000 per TD and $1,000 per reception during my games. Please help me in my fight against the disease that took my mother! Hit share, like and comment to help spread the word and take this donation amount to a new level.” – Larry Fitzgerald
Follow Larry Fitzgerald on Twitter and Facebook and the Arizona Cardinals Wide Receiver will donate money in support of Breast Cancer Awareness throughout the month of October. He will also toss down some serious cheddar for every catch and touchdown he receives. Other athletes should take notice of Larry Fitzgerald and do good on and off the field, realizing in the end it’s just a game and it’s up to all of us to be the change we wish to see in the world.