Sports Legends and Philanthropy—Jackie Robinson, Arthur Ashe, and Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Unit of 2 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
Language Arts
Media / Technology
Social Studies
Issue Area: 
Diverse people
Focus Question 

How does an individual use personal interests and strengths to impact the common good? 


Photo Credit:  2014 Jackie-Joyner Kersee – President Speaker Series by West Chester University is licensed under CC by 2.0

Unit Overview 

Some people who gain great success choose to act as responsible citizens in a philanthropic way. Using the examples of three famous sports people, students learn how these persons acted as responsible citizens. Students then write an essay or create a visual or song about a celebrity philanthropist. They include plans for their own possible philanthropies.

Service Experience 
   Students select an advocacy project to raise awareness of an issue that a famous person they respect supports. 
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