Athletes For Hope

When athletes come together, good things can happen. A group of 12 athletes including Mia Hamm, Andre Agassi, Lance Armstrong, Tony Hawk, Muhammad Ali, Jeff Gordan, Jackie Joyner-Kersee and others have a goal to change the world.

According to Armstrong, the impact of athletes is undeniable.

“The reality is that athletes have a lot of power,” Armstrong said. “We have the ability as entertainers to make an impact on the world … We want to encourage our fellow athletes to think philanthropically … and if they don’t quite know where to go we can partner them up with someone that needs their help.”

It started with soccer superstar Mia Hamm, tennis great Andre Agassi and cycling legend Lance Armstrong. The long-established champions of giving back decided to reach out to their fellow athletes to see if together they could do even more.

Now they have assembled a dream team of philanthropy that includes gravity-defying skateboarder Tony Hawk, explosive running back Warrick Dunn, racing king Jeff Gordon, Olympic gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee, former tennis phenom Andrea Jaegger and boxing legend Muhammad Ali.

Individually these athletes have raised more than $500 million to aid at-risk kids, build schools, help the sick and provide homes and safe places for children to play.

Pretty impressive.


More photos from the press conference are after the jump.