Athletes Active in Activism

Many sports stars use their platforms to do good throughout the world. They have parlayed their athletic gifts as a conduit to speaking up for causes close to their hearts. 


Athletes active in activism often sacrifice personally or professionally in their efforts to benefit society as a whole. They often participate in speaking engagements and make appearances on behalf of their particular area of activism.

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Bill Russell is a retired former professional basketball player and coach. Bill is most famous for his time playing for the Boston Celtics where he became an integral part of the Celtics dynasty durin...

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Billie Jean King has been one of the 20th century’s most influential and respected people. As a former number 1 in the world as a professional tennis player, she won 39 Grand Slams, including 16 women...

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Brandon Marshall is retired NFL receiver who played for seven different franchises. Before the NFL, Marshall played collegiately at UCF, becoming one of their top receivers in school history. In four ...

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Brendon Ayanbadejo is a former professional linebacker who played 13 seasons in the NFL and the Canadian Football League. Prior to his time as a professional, Ayanbadejo was a star linebacker at UCLA,...

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Colin Kaepernick, a Milwaukee born professional athlete, is best known as the former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers. Kaepernick was born to a mixed family going through tough times and as a r...

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The Boston Celtics made Jaylen Brown the third overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft after he was a standout performer in his one college season at the University of California.  He averag...

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Many consider Jim Brown the greatest running back of all-time and one of the best athletes of the 20th century.  Brown had a nine-year career with the Cleveland Browns and was named a Pro Bowler in ea...

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John Carlos became a part of Olympic history in the summer of 1968. After winning the bronze medal in the 200-meters, he and teammate Tommie Smith took the podium with hands raised in a Black Power sa...

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Megan Rapione is an Olympic gold medalist who plays midfielder for the Seattle Reign FC of the Women’s Soccer League and the United States women’s national soccer team. Rapione spent most of her youth...

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Serena Williams first captured the world No. 1 tennis ranking in 2002 and has since gone on to win 23 Grand Slam championships, including seven Australian Opens, three French Opens, five Wimbledon cha...

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Tommie Smith is best known for one seminal moment in his athletic career. After winning a gold medal in the 200 meters at the 1968 Olympics, Smith took a powerful stand for racial equality that has st...