A list of athletes who have their own personal foundations or are actively involved with specific charities.


Robert Esche, goaltender

Charity: Save the Day Foundation (www.saveoftheday.org). Proceeds go toward helping children with life-threatening illnesses in New York's Mohawk Valley, his hometown.

Scottie Upshall, forward

Charity: Kids Forever Foundation. Proceeds go toward fulfilling his desire to provide financial help to families in his hometown of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, whose children have been diagnosed with an illness.

Mike Knuble, forward

Charity: Mike Knuble Family Foundation

(http://www.vestic.net/mknuble/main.asp). Proceeds supports work by Van Andel Research Institute, a research organization dedicated to improving human health by focusing on cancer and vascular disease.

Simon Gagne, winger

Charity: Simon Gagne Golf Tournament www.golfsimongagne.com. Proceeds benefit kids with leukemia.


Kyle Korver, forward

Charity: Kyle Korver Foundation and an annual Coat Drive to benefit Operation WARM. The goal is to improve the quality of life for underprivileged youth and their families in three communities.

Steven Hunter, center

Charity: Assists with food drive, which benefits Salvation Army.

Louis Williams, guard

Charity: Cap drive, which encourages fans to bring a new children's baseball cap to Wachovia Center; they are donated to local pediatric oncology units.

Samuel Dalembert, center

Charity: Toy drive, which directs purchases and donations to the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots program.

Andre Iguodala, forward

Charity: Book drive, which donates them to Philadelphia READS, an independent, non-profit affiliate of the Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition.


Pat Burrell, outfielder

Charity: Several involving youth.

Geoff Geary, pitcher

Charity: ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). Proceeds go toward local and national ALS, in memory of Geary's late friend Eric Wendell

Tom Gordon, pitcher

Charity: Spokesman for the Saves4ALS program. The program generates money every time the Phillies' bullpen records a save.

Ryan Howard, first baseman

Charity: Several, including MLB's 2007 Boys and Girls Club and Variety Club Children's Charity

Ryan Madson, pitcher

Charity: Chairman of Phillies Phundamentals after-school program

Brett Myers, pitcher

Charity: Julianna Wetmore Foundation. Proceeds are directed toward Julianna, a 4-year-old girl from the Myers family's native Jacksonville who was born with Treacher Collins Syndrome, a disease that results in severe facial deformities.

Jimmy Rollins, shortstop

Charity: Several, including Philadelphia Reads summer reading program. Will serve as host of second annual "Celebrity BaseBOWL Tournament" on May 31.

Aaron Rowand, outfielder

Charity: chairman of Phillies Home Run Derby program

Chase Utley, second baseman

Charity: Winner of 2006 Phillies Community Service Award. Will host annual charity bowling/billiards tournament on May 10, with money to go to Philadelphia Futures.

Shane Victorino, outfielder

Charity: Several, including "Buses For Baseball" program in which players finance buses to bring kids groups to major league games to meet players on the field.


David Akers, kicker

Charity: Kicks for Kids. Created to assist any child who is struggling in the pursuit of his or her dreams.

Brian Dawkins, safety

Charity: Burn Prevention Foundation and Juvenile Diabetes Research Association.

Jevon Kearse, lineman

Charity: Jevon Kearse Foundation and Boys and Girls club of Fort Myers, Fla., his hometown.

Donovan McNabb, quarterback

Charity: Donovan McNabb Foundation, which raises awareness of diabetes through his position as the spokesman for the American Diabetes Association.

Jon Runyan, lineman

Charity: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Variety Club

Brian Westbrook, running back

Charity: Variety Club and Police Athletic League. "The Westbrook Bowl" is a celebrity bowling tournament that benefits the Variety Club of Philadelphia.

Sources: Teams