Athletes’ Charities Dropping the Ball

January 17, 2011 at 8:46 AM Leave a comment

In the first of a two-part series, the Dallas Morning News takes a critical look at the charitable activities of area pro athletes. Some of the more shocking findings: Cowboys DE Marcus Spears’s foundation continues to accept donations online despite Texas revoking its charter in August 2009; and this from former Maverick Josh Howard:

Howard’s foundation used nearly half of its contributions on employee salaries, including that of his best friend, because, Howard said, “I take that as me being charitable.”

I bet the friend agrees.

The article focuses on Dallas-area teams, but the problems the News finds – spending more on overhead than charity; collecting contributions, then sitting dormant; squirreling away funds for years – can probably be found in other sports cities as well.

UPDATE: Link is broken; the article now seems to be behind a subscriber firewall.

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