Athletes' Most Heroic Acts

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  • Dikembe Mutombo Donates Nearly $15 Million to Help Build Hospital
  • Arthur Ashe Wimbledon
  • Jackie Robinson
  • Jim Brown
  • Maurice Cheeks helps little girl finish national anthem
  • Pat Tillman killed in friendly fire, Pat Tillman 10-year anniversary, Arizona Cardinals, Sports heroes
  • Muhammad Ali Refuses to Army Induction
  • Billie Jean King
  • Jesse Owens 1936 Berlin Olympics Hitler
  • Kevin Durant Donates $1 Million to Oklahoma Tornado Disaster Relief

Maurice Cheeks Helps Girl Finish National Anthem

Former NBA coach Maurice Cheeks might not have been as grand of a hero as some of the aforementioned sports stars, but on the night of April 25, 2003, the-then Portland Trail Blazers coach was an absolute hero to one 13-year-old girl. When Natalie Gilbert stumbled her words during the singing of the national anthem before a playoff game between the Blazers and Dallas Mavericks, Cheeks draped an arm around Gilbert and helped her finish the song with the crowd singing along. They're local heroes too! (Photo: Jon Ferrey/Getty Images).

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