A hero in the world of football, a hero in the world of philanthropy… Eli Manning is doing it right.
Eli Manning has been involved with numerous and varied charitable endeavours over the years.
He volunteered to help with the Hurricane Katrina cleanup and has been a dedicated supporter of the American Red Cross for many years. Additionally, Manning has donated one million dollars to the Opportunity Scholarship fund of his alma mater, and has generously contributed to the charities including Phoenix House, March of Dimes, St. Francis Food and Pantry Shelters.
Eli raised almost $3 million dollars to build a 15,600 square-foot clinic named the Eli Manning Children’s Clinic at the Blair E. Batson Hospital for children. The clinic is dedicated to providing health care to children in Mississippi with paediatricians and paediatric specialists offering well-child visits, vaccinations and acute care in orthopedics, cardiology and endocrinology.
“I love doing things to help children,” Manning said. “It breaks my heart to see a child suffering in a hospital. I’ll try to do everything I can to put a smile back on their face and get them back on their feet.”
In addition to contributing to the heath care sector, Eli is also involved in poverty reduction and youth education by providing opportunity to low-income children. In April 2008, the Young Women’s Leadership Network honoured Eli for his work at their 10th Anniversary Celebration College bound Initiative.
“A lot of the charity work that I do involves children. And education was always important to me but it was something I struggled with on early in my youth, especially with problems in reading. I got behind but I got the proper help and it made it easier for me to learn.”
Watch Eli attempt a blindfolded putt for charity:
The Good Men Project Sports’ Tuesday weekly feature, Doing It Right, highlights athletes who gives back and/or make a difference in our society.
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