PARADE Magazine published a list of the nation's top 30 celebrity donors of 2007, as researched by The Giving Back Fund. Athletes (current and former) make up a good portion of the list. But the NBA is easily the most well-represented sport, with six of the 10 athletes. (There are no players connected to Major League Baseball or the NFL on the list.)
Here are the NBA reps:
* Michael Jordan, who donated $5 million to Hales Franciscan High School.
* Jerry West, who donated $800,000 to West Virginia University.
* David Robinson, who donated almost $800,000 to programs focused on education, feeding the hungry, and mentoring.
Loads more NBA players -- and every single NBA team -- donate time and money to various great causes. We all have some issue with David Stern, but he has really turned the league into an organization that makes caring about the community more than a motto. The NBA really does care.