For many Olympic athletes, the road to success is built on years of sacrifice and help from loyal supporters. After the medals have been won and the fanfare dies down, some athletes dedicate themselves to giving back by starting their own charitable foundations.
Some of these organizations are tied to fitness, such as Shannon Miller’s foundation to combat childhood obesity. Others spotlight different aspects of health, like snowboarder Hannah Teter’s mission to provide clean water in Africa. Foundations aren’t only for former athletes—medal-winning swimmer Michael Phelps, above, competing in his fourth Olympics this summer in London, started The Michael Phelps Foundation in 2008. The foundation’s IM program for Boys & Girls Club members and Special Olympians encourages more involvement in health and fitness activities and empowers people through goal setting.
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