The holiday season has ceased. Christmas decorations are almost put away. Pine needles are everywhere. People have gone back to their daily routines. Some will have horror stories about mommy kissing Santa Claus. Some will have feel-good stories about how they were able to give back during the 2016 holiday, many athletes among them. Here are 10 athletes who gave in undefeated and unique ways.
Two-time NBA All Star Baron Davis and The Black Santa Companyteamed up with former NFL All-Pro Marshawn Lynch and Beast Mode Apparel to spread some holiday cheer. The two sponsored a toy drive, fundraiser and a pop-up shop with Black Santa merchandise giveaways. Special guests included artist Too $hort. Thousands of toys were donated to nonprofit agencies including The East Oakland Collective, EOYDC and Serenity House.
Participants brought wrapped gifts to be donated to charity and got a chance to shop for exclusive Black Santa merchandise and take pictures with Davis, the Black Santa mascot, Lynch and Too $hort. Proceeds from the pop-up shop benefited the Fam 1st Family Foundation. Their foundation’s mission complements The Black Santa Company’s mission of giving year-round and doing good for others.
Black Santa is more than a brand — it is a movement that touches on personal cultural elements such as tradition, religion and race, using cultural relevance. It centers on diversity, inclusiveness, giving back and bringing people together.
“With all that’s going on in this country, and particularly in the African-American community, I want to offer heroes and role models through storytelling,” Davis said. “Black Santa is the first character. His mission is to celebrate diversity, the joy of giving and the magic of good. He’s here to bring people together and have fun.”
LeBron James Family Foundation teamed up with Little Tikes and delivered more than 6,000 toys to students at all 30 Akron Public Schools just in time for Christmas. Thousands of students ranging from preschool to second grade were recipients of the gifts. From LeBron James Mini Hoop Basketball sets to Bratz dolls, Tumble Trains, Tire Twisters, and Cozy Coupe Multi color rugs for every preschool classroom, these student’s holiday had some extra padding.
Just in time for the holidays New York Knicks guard Carmelo Anthony hosted more than 100 children on behalf of his foundationat the private screening of Illumination Entertainment’s new animated film Sing at the Regal E-Walk Theater in New York.
Pay Away the Layaway – a movement to raise funds to help low-income families across the country pay off layaway plans of gifts, toys, books and clothes for kids — was the beneficiary of Roc Nation’s giving. More than 124 families of all sizes had layaway bills paid off.
“To be in a position like this is a blessing. I’ve always believed it’s better to give than to receive, to be able to take the time to not only think about yourself, but help somebody else. If we can have that mentality every day, and not just the holiday season, it’ll make the world a better place. You’ve got to give back,” Ward said.
Source : theundefeated.com