Headline NBA Players Philanthropy

Four NFL Players Help Children In El Salvador

If you combine the weight of Aaron Kampman (Jacksonville Jaguars), Russell Allen (Jacksonville Jaguars), Craig Terrill (Seattle Seahawks), and Jordy Nelson (Green Bay Packers), you have something that weighs approximately 1,000 pounds.  Yet the enormous size of those four NFL players does not compare to the size of their hearts.  Each one of them have been instrumental in helping poverty-stricken children in El Salvador have the ability to go to school and receive health care, nutritional supplements, and regular meals.

Recently, in conjunction with Compassion International, Kampman, Allen, and Terrill traveled to El Salvador to visit the children that they have sponsored.  Nelson was unable to make the trip due to his injury, but the other players visited his sponsored child (named Rudy) in his stead.

“Rudy didn’t care about the T-shirts and sports paraphernalia we brought him – which was surprising for someone who has probably never received his own, brand-new shirt,” said Allen. “The entire time we spent with him, he gripped the photo of Jordy and asked repeatedly, ‘you really know my sponsor.'”

While some NFL players are mouthing off to journalists about how much they love the down-time from the NFL Lockout, there are many players who are taking the time off to actually do some good for others.  Kampman, Allen, Terrill, and Nelson should be rewarded with our admiration for their noble efforts to help others far away who are in need.

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.