It's too rare that we celebrate the extraordinary good that comes from our game. Particularly, the nearly $4 billion given to charity. This year we honor a skateboarder, a weatherman, a chef, an NBA star & a CEO.
In addition to Stephen establishing his ThanksUSA tournament for scholarships in California's Bay Area, where he led the Golden State Warriors in scoring, assists and steals last season, Curry is an ambassador for Nothing But Nets (NBN), a foundation that combats malaria among refugees across Africa.
The World skateboarding hero Ryan Sheckler is effectively using his celebrity to give back. The Sheckler Foundation benefits underprivileged children and other pediatric causes, as well as injured action-sports athletes.
The Emeril Lagasse Foundation has distributed more than $5.5 million to children's charities and to inspire at-risk youths. "It's all about the kids," he says. "If you don't give back to them, how can anything evolve?"
The Weather Channel's Jim Cantore plays in as many charity events as he can, for favorite causes ranging from Boys & Girls Clubs to the South Carolina charities supported by the "Monday After the Masters." Active on behalf of research to combat Fragile X syndrome, which affects his two children, Cantore hopes to host a tournament eventually.
What do Olympic great Michael Phelps, President Bill Clinton and actors Michael J. Fox and Morgan Freeman have in common? Aside from gracing our December cover in a special split-cover issue, they're all avid golfers, and they're all public figures who use their high profiles to help the needy. Here, Golf Digest proudly introduces a new franchise, Game Changers: Golfers Who Give Back. Read more about the charitable work of these four famous amateurs, from helping kids learn to swim to finding a cure for Parkinsons Disease. Plus, discover 20 others golfers who give back, including professional golfers and athletes, entertainers, musicians, politicians and corporate executives.