Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Jim Thome named Sporting News' MLB "No.1 Good Guy" 06/27/2005 12:13 PM ET
ST. LOUIS -- Sporting News, the nation's oldest sports publication, today announced the 2005 "Good Guys" awards, which are presented to pro athletes from the NFL, MLB, NBA, and NASCAR. Nominated by their individual teams and leagues and chosen by the staff of the Sporting News, the "Good Guys" awards honor those who open their hearts as well as their wallets to serve the needy and unfortunate and improve their communities through compassion and generosity. The entire list of "Good Guys" is revealed in the July 8th issue of the Sporting News, which hits newsstands June 29th.
Philadelphia Phillies' Jim Thome was chosen as Sporting News' MLB "No.1 Good Guy" for his fund raising in his hometown of Peoria, Illinois. For the past 10 years, Thome has been the host for an annual charity banquet "An Evening with Jim Thome." His efforts have raised more than $1 million for the Children's Hospital of Illinois.
"Jim Thome's big heart and incredible dedication to his home-town children's hospital is a great example for all professional athletes," says senior writer Paul Attner, author of the "Good Guys" stories. "His community work is as impressive, if not more so, than his playing ability."
Atlanta Falcons running back Warrick Dunn was chosen as Sporting News' overall "No. 1 Good Guy in Sports," out of a record 500-plus nominations, for assisting hard working single mothers in owning their first home by providing $5,000 toward the down payment and then surprising the new owner by furnishing the house with everything a first-time homeowner would need, including: furniture, food, linens, gardening supplies, washer, dryer, dishes, pots and pans, toothbrushes, etc. To date, The Warrick Dunn Foundation and his Home for the Holidays program have assisted 52 single mothers and 135 children in Atlanta, GA, Baton Rouge, LA, and Tampa, FL.
In addition to Dunn and Thome, the "No.1 Good Guy" for the NFL is Kurt Warner of the Arizona Cardinals, and for the NBA, Shaquille O'Neal of the Miami Heat took top honors.
Sporting News has also recognized 94 other professional athletes for their off-field dedication to community activities and charitable causes:
Willie Anderson, Cincinnati Bengals; Joe Andruzzi, Cleveland Browns; Aaron Brooks, New Orleans Saints; Kris Brown, Houston Texans; Fernando Bryant, Detroit Lions; Trent Green, Kansas City Chiefs; Brian Griese, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Torry Holt, St. Louis Rams; Ray Lewis, Baltimore Ravens; John Lynch, Denver Broncos; Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts; Deuce McAllister, New Orleans Saints; Edwin Mulitalo, Baltimore Ravens; Ryan Nece, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Tony Richardson, Kansas City Chiefs; Allen Rossum, Atlanta Falcons; Junior Seau, Miami Dolphins; Will Shields, Kansas City Chiefs; Jason Taylor, Miami Dolphins; Robert Thomas, St. Louis Rams; LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego Chargers; Amani Toomer, New York Giants; Bryant Young, San Francisco 49ers; Tom Brady, New England Patriots; Keith Brooking, Atlanta Falcons; Keith Bullock, Tennessee Titans; Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City Chiefs; Matt Light, New England Patriots; Steve McNair, Tennessee Titans; Grey Ruegamer, Green Bay Packers; Grant Wistrom, Seattle Seahawks; and Jerry Wunsch, Seattle Seahawks
Eric Chavez, Oakland Athletics; Roger Clemens, Houston, Astros; Luis Gonzalez, Arizona Diamondbacks; Brian Anderson, Kansas City Royals; Lance Berkman, Houston Astros; Sean Casey, Cincinnati Reds; Cleveland Indians Team; Darin Erstad, Anaheim Angels; Toby Hall, Tampa Bay Devil Rays; Mike Hampton, Atlanta Braves; Trevor Hoffman, San Diego Padres; Brian Jordan, Atlanta Braves; Chipper Jones, Atlanta Braves; Mike Lieberthal, Philadelphia Phillies; Mike Maroth, Detroit Tigers; Jamie Moyer, Seattle Mariners; Chan Ho Park, Texas Rangers; Brad Radke, Minnesota Twins; John Smoltz, Atlanta Braves; and Dontrelle Willis, Florida Marlins
Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Portland Trail Blazers; Ray Allen, Seattle SuperSonics; Chris Bosh, Toronto Raptors; Bruce Bowen, San Antonio Spurs; Elton Brand, Los Angeles Clippers; P.J. Brown, New Orleans Hornets; Marcus Camby, Denver Nuggets; Vince Carter, Toronto Raptors; Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs; Derek Fisher, Golden State Warriors; Adonal Foyle, Golden State Warriors; Kevin Garnett, Minnesota Timberwolves; Drew Gooden, Cleveland Cavaliers; Richard Hamilton, Detroit Pistons; Allan Houston, New York Knicks; Juwan Howard, Houston Rockets; Bobby Jackson, Sacramento Kings; Antawn Jamison, Washington Wizards; Richard Jefferson, New Jersey Nets; Michael Finley, Dallas Mavericks; Steven Hunter, Phoenix Suns, Jason Kidd, New Jersey Nets; Brevin Knight, Charlotte Bobcats; Kyle Korver, Philadelphia 76ers; Stephon Marbury, New York Knicks; Desmond Mason, Milwaukee Bucks; Eduardo Najera, Denver Nuggets; Jermaine O'Neal, Indianapolis Pacers; Theo Ratliff, Portland Trail Blazers; Jalen Rose, Toronto Raptors; Eric Snow, Cleveland Cavaliers; Peja Stojokovic, Sacramento Kings; Damon Stoudamire, Portland Trail Blazers; and Rasheed Wallace, Detroit Pistons
Jeff Gordon, Jason Leffler, Hermie Sadler, Tony Stewart, and Michael Waltrip
Joel Bouchard, New York Rangers; Robert Esche, Philadelphia Flyers; and Brad May, Vancouver, Canucks
Copies of the July 8th issue of Sporting News are available upon request.
This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.