Athletes' Most Heroic Acts

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  • Kevin Durant Donates $1 Million to Oklahoma Tornado Disaster Relief
  • 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

Arthur Ashe Joins Fight Against HIV/AIDS

In 1975, Arthur Ashe created history, becoming the first and only Black man to win the singles title at Wimbledon, defeating Jimmy Connors in the finals. Seventeen years later the stoic tennis champ showed his fearlessness when he announced he was HIV positive. Ashe, who contracted the disease through blood transfusion, started the Arthur Ashe Foundation for the Defeat of AIDS. Though he died a year later Ashe remains an icon in the fight against AIDS.

 

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