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PLAYER CHARITIES: THE GIFTS THAT KEEP ON GIVING, OR DO THEY?
Published March 25, 1997
Pro athletes' charity foundations were examined in a front-page piece in the WASHINGTON POST under the header "Charity Funds of Sports Figures Don't Always Work Out." The POST's Bill Brubaker: "In an era when sports celebrities often are portrayed as arrogant, pampered, money-grubbing mercenaries, dozens are displaying a caring, selfless side by setting up charities. ... sports celebrities, however, have a decidedly mixed record in the administration of their foundations." Brubaker noted some have "failed" to observe federal, state and DC law, while others charities were formed "without adequate planning or financial advice." At times, contributions to these foundations are not spent for the purpose donors intended." Brubaker noted the Juwan Howard foundation "has not registered to solicit donations" in DC, "as required of charities that raise more than $1,500 annually." FAME's Curtis Polk, partner of Howard's agent David Falk, who administers the charity, said in two years the foundation has raised "about" $77,000. Polk: "If we have to register and we didn't, I'm sure we will" (WASHINGTON POST, 3/22).