Many people have commented on how professional athletes make too much money and some spend what they make on only themselves. I personally have heard people voicing their anger over certain athletes not giving back to their community; their fans but spends thousands of dollars on jewelry and cars. However, some athletes re-act the opposite and become involved in unselfish acts. One athlete specifically, through his actions, has made a generous donation that should silence any critics putting him in the selfish category.
Steve Smith, wide receiver for the Carolina Panthers, has made a pledge that will hopefully help others in need. It is reported by ESPN that Smith yesterday made a pledge to donate $100,000 to the victim’s of the mass shooting at a theater in Aurora, Colorado last week. It is said that the city will take the Aurora shooting donation made by Smith and distribute it to the victims to help cover medical expenses they incur.
Smith made a statement on ProFootballtalk.com saying, “As a father and husband I cannot imagine the pain and suffering the victims are going through. My family’s hearts and prayers are extended to theirs, and I hope this contribution might assist in paying some of the medical bills that will help allow these families to move forward in this tragic circumstance.”
Steve Smith was drafted to the Carolina Panthers in 2001 and was the first rookie to reach the Pro Bowl as a special team’s player since 1993’s Tyrone Hughes. In 2005, he led the NFL in receptions and became the first player since 1984’s Art Monk of the Washington Redskins to do so on a team that ran more than it passed. Smith is one of only three players in NFL history to catch a touchdown pass and run back two punts for touchdowns in the same game.
Smith and his wife, Angie, have three children. Smith is active in his spare time as a coach for his son’s soccer team and is a partner in Athletes United for Youth. It is a charity organization that provides educational, programmatic and structured support to youth housed within under-served communities. Showing his commitment to his community, he decided in May of 2008, to purchase a near-50% interest in the existing Velocity Sports Performance franchise in Charlotte and an equal ownership percentage in any future Charlotte area Velocity centers.
Smith obviously not only focuses on being a part of his community but helping other communities in their time of need. The shooting that happened during the midnight premiere of the film “The Dark Knight Rises,” killed 12 and left scores of others wounded. “Hopefully, this helps a little bit,” Smith said. “From one NFL city to another, God bless.”
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