While the world is celebrating the FIFA World Cup currently taking place in Russia, let’s not forget to celebrate the awesomeness of 5 famous women athletes who have proven that there is always time for charitable work. Despite their busy schedules, these inspiring women are actively involved in organizations that stand for human rights and work to bring global progress.
Serena Williams has not only changed the history of tennis by being ranked number one for the sixth time in her career, but she has also changed the lives of so many children. The famous tennis player who recently became a mother to beautiful daughter Olympia Ohanian, is currently the United Nations Children’s Fund’s (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador. Her campaigns concentrate on extending educational opportunities to marginalized children worldwide.
Maria Sharapova is another incredibly charitable and worldwide famous tennis player. On top of her successful tennis career, Maria has been vigorously involved with many non-profit organizations, such as Soles4Souls and Small Steps Project. As the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassador, she has donated $210,000 to UNDP Chernobyl-recovery projects. This is only a small portion of all the amazing initiatives Maria has taken to bring goodness in this world.
Despite her young age, this 16-year-old African-American baseball player is already breaking all gender-biased beliefs in the baseball world. She is the first girl to earn a win and to pitch a shutout in Little League World Series history. As a teenager, she is using her fame to positively impact the lives of other young girls. Her “Because I am a Girl” charitable project was created to help four million girls in developing countries to get out of poverty.
Yuna Kim has stolen our hearts with not only her graceful figure skating moves, but also with her generous heart and the ambition to make this world a safer place to live in. As UNICEF’s Goodwill Ambassador, the famous South Korean figure skater has donated large amounts of money to the victims of natural disasters in Haiti, Philippines, and Nepal.
Since the hot topic this month is the FIFA World Cup, our blog would be incomplete without putting the name of one of the most famous female soccer players in the history of the U.S. – Mia Hamm. Mia competed in four FIFA Women’s World Cup tournaments, bringing worldwide recognition to the U.S. National Team. Aside from her successful career, the famous soccer player has devoted most of her time raising funds for children needing cord blood transplants. Her brother’s death of rare blood disorder had a big impact on her life and on her desire to save the lives of many people.
These five inspiring women set a good example for all of us to follow. They emphasize the importance of helping others and prove that busy schedule is not an obstacle for charitable work. This is something that all of us should keep in our mind, because in order for changes to happen, actions must be initiated.
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