Athletes Charitable Celebrates Black History Month

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As a philanthropic organization, with a mission to make a positive impact on the world through athlete empowerment, it’s crucial that we recognize and celebrate Black History Month as a time to honor the profound contributions of Black individuals throughout history and in the world of sport.  This month serves as a reminder of the resilience, creativity, and leadership that Black communities have demonstrated in shaping our society. Furthermore, celebrating Black History Month offers an opportunity for Athletes Charitable to highlight the importance of diversity, inclusion, and representation amongst our incredible members and the broader philanthropic sector.

 Black philanthropy has played a pivotal role in driving positive change and addressing pressing social issues across the globe. From supporting education and healthcare initiatives to advocating for civil rights and economic empowerment, Black philanthropists have made significant strides in advancing social justice and equality. Through their generosity and commitment to uplifting marginalized communities, Black philanthropists have fostered transformative impacts that resonate far beyond their immediate spheres of influence. Their efforts serve as a testament to the power of collective action and solidarity in creating a more just and equitable world for all.

 This month, we honor our Black philanthropic icons who are using their platform and influence to enact positive change worldwide. We commend our members who, amidst the peak of their professional careers, dedicate their precious free time to giving back: AJ Brown, AJ Terrell, Diamond DeShields, DJ Reader, Reggie Bullock, Stefon Diggs, Trey Dean, and Wendell Carter Jr. Additionally, we pay tribute to our retired professional athletes who have transitioned to leaving a lasting legacy beyond their athletic achievements: Champ Bailey, Charlie Batch, Cordy Glenn, Dee Ford, Donta’ Hightower, Hannibal Navies, Hubert Payne, JR Redmond, Larry Asante, and Michael Vick. Lastly, we celebrate our social entrepreneurs who harness their expertise and influence for the greater good: Latonya Story, and Necho Caroll.

Learn more about our incredible giving legends, their foundations, and their efforts to make a lasting impact!

Current Events

Sports Power Brunch 

The Athletes Charitable team, and CEO of United Charitable, Julia Healey, attended the 5th Annual Sports Power Brunch, celebrating the most powerful women in sports. Athletes Charitable is proudly served as a philanthropic partner this year, and Julia was able to deliver a compelling speech on the power of using your influence to produce change.

NFL Legends Event

Our Athletes Charitable team spread the word about the organization and its impactful work at the NFL Legends Business Network event during Super Bowl LVII.

Sterling Courts Reveal

Athletes Charitable member,  LaTonya Story and her Sterling Legacy Fund, in partnership with Prime Video, built a Sterling Courts at the Downtown Boys and Girls Club of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas during Super Bowl Week. The mission of the Sterling Legacy Fund is to empower individuals in underrepresented communities which was certainly accomplished by this amazing effort! We are proud of you, La Tonya!

Did you know?

Did you know that prior to the remarkable achievements of the Williams sisters, Althea Gibson served as a true pioneer for women’s sports? In 1956, amid a time of rampant segregation limiting opportunities for African Americans, Althea Neale Gibson boldly entered the realm of sports. She shattered barriers as the first black athlete to transcend the color lines in both international tennis and golf, ultimately clinching the title of the first Grand Slam winner.

In 2019, on Women’s Equality Day, the late Gibson was commemorated at the US Open with a remarkable statue erected outside Arthur Ashe Stadium. Like Gibson, Arthur Ashe, a prominent tennis player in the 1960s and 70s, made history as the first African-American male tennis player to secure a Grand Slam victory. Beyond his athletic prowess, Ashe was deeply committed to social justice, health, and humanitarian causes. The Arthur Ashe Learning Center (AALC), a nonprofit organization based in New York, was established with a mission to generate, disseminate, preserve, and utilize knowledge for the betterment of society.

 Athletes Charitable pays homage to these trailblazers and offers a concierge membership service aimed at fostering enduring legacies akin to those of Gibson and Ashe.

Did you know?

Did you know that prior to the remarkable achievements of the Williams sisters, Althea Gibson served as a true pioneer for women’s sports? In 1956, amid a time of rampant segregation limiting opportunities for African Americans, Althea Neale Gibson boldly entered the realm of sports. She shattered barriers as the first black athlete to transcend the color lines in both international tennis and golf, ultimately clinching the title of the first Grand Slam winner.

In 2019, on Women’s Equality Day, the late Gibson was commemorated at the US Open with a remarkable statue erected outside Arthur Ashe Stadium. Like Gibson, Arthur Ashe, a prominent tennis player in the 1960s and 70s, made history as the first African-American male tennis player to secure a Grand Slam victory. Beyond his athletic prowess, Ashe was deeply committed to social justice, health, and humanitarian causes. The Arthur Ashe Learning Center (AALC), a nonprofit organization based in New York, was established with a mission to generate, disseminate, preserve, and utilize knowledge for the betterment of society.

 Athletes Charitable pays homage to these trailblazers and offers a concierge membership service aimed at fostering enduring legacies akin to those of Gibson and Ashe.

 

Hannibal’s Huddle

Wisdom from an industry expert and the leader of Athletes Charitable

 

Black History Month represents the national observance of the achievements and contributions of black people throughout history. That said, giving back to society is one of the most significant contributions that anyone can make. I am inspired by black athletes’ efforts to utilize their platforms as a springboard for change. We will continue to empower all Athletes Charitable members to make a difference in their communities and showcase their work through the Giving Legends Podcast. These athletes are creating change on a large scale, which deserves recognition not just in February, but all year round. Recently, our team had the opportunity to document some of their inspiring stories during Super Bowl week on Radio Row. We can’t wait for you to watch or listen to them.”

-Hannibal Navies