The highly evangelical football player made headlines after genuflecting during games in 2011. In spite of being mocked by friends and other players, Tim Tebow still kept the faith. He is most known for sharing his Christian faith with fans in hospitals, orphanages and schools. Active in community outreach, he started the Tim Tebow Foundation, in hopes of bringing “Faith, Hope and Love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need.”
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge
The late Princess Diana was heavily involved with charities, namely HIV/AIDS organizations and often took her two sons to visit those that were infected with the disease. Taking after his mother, Prince William is heavily involved in various charitable organizations, including Centrepoint, a homelessness charity based in London, and the Royal Marsden Hospital. He is also the Patron of the Tusk Trust, an organization that helps protect wildlife in Africa.
In what could be described as a miracle, Lin was not noticed as a basketball until a Knicks game in 2011. Causing Linsanity since then, Lin is the only Asian-American currently playing in the NBA. A devout Christian, he did not let his instant fame go to his head. Rather, he thanked God, saying to reporters after a game, “God works in mysterious and miraculous ways.”
Hilary Duff is a former child star who got her start on Disney Channel’s “Lizzie McGuire,” but also became known for her music. Acting never strayed far from her heart as she has appeared in numerous movies and television shows. However, she is also an author, having written several New York Times bestselling novels. Duff is also active in numerous charities, including Return to Freedom, a wild horse sanctuary and Kids with a Cause. When performing, she tells fans to donate food to USA Harvest.
Recording artist Taylor Swift topped the 2012 DoSomething.org listing of most charitable celebrities. In 2012 alone, she donated $4 million to the Country Hall of Fame Museum and was the youngest person ever awarded the Ripple of Hope Award from the Robert F. Kennedy Center, an international human rights organization. Past notable acts of kindness included performing a concert for the victims of the 2011 tornados, which raised $750,000; and donating $100,000 to the Cedar Rapids Red Cross after floods struck the Iowa town in 2008.
Best known for playing brainy Hermione Granger in the “Harry Potter” films, Watson shows that she and her wizard counterpart are not too far apart. Graduating high school with a high 4.0 average, she took the money she had made in the Potter films and enrolled in Brown University. In an interview with W magazine, she admitted that getting a college degree was her “rebellion” against fame.
Dakota Fanning was only 8 years old when she was nominated a Screen Actors Guild Award for her role in “I am Sam” – the youngest nominee in history. Unlike some of Hollywood’s former child stars, she has managed to do many more movies, while avoiding the tabloids. Putting her schoolwork before anything else, instead of attending a Twilight event in 2010, Fanning took the ACTs. Still, like every other teen, she admitted to “Access Hollywood” that she had guessed on a few questions.
The actress has appeared in numerous movies and television shows, including Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. However, it was her role in ABC’s “Ugly Betty” that propelled her to stardom, having won a Golden Globe in 2007. Breaking Latino barriers in television, she also helped launch a campaign to persuade Latino voters to register. The House of Representatives even recognized her win, when the Rep. Hilda Solis, D- Calif., took to the House floor to publicly salute the star.
The 2009 Super Bowl MVP-winning quarterback for the New Orleans Saints, Drew Brees is known for his community ties, as well as his touchdowns. Ever active in the community, he and his wife established the Brees Dream Foundation in 2003. This organization has contributed over $17,000,000 to improve the quality of life for cancer patients, as well as education and opportunities for those who need it. In addition, Brees has contributed to the relief of Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy.
Three good celebrities for the price of one! The musical brothers, Nick, Joe and Kevin, have been good news since busting out on the musical scene in 2007. Nick was so involved with JDRF's Walk to Cure Diabetes that he was announced National Chair in 2010. Joe visited Africa in 2011, on behalf of his and his brothers’ Change for the Children Foundation. Unlike some of their other Hollywood singers, the brothers (except for Kevin, who was married in 2009 and is now expecting a child) wear purity rings symbolizing their pact to remain celibate until marriage.
Singer-songwriter Kelly Clarkson rose to stardom after winning the first season of American Idol. Even after having won several Grammy Awards, she still manages to stay down to earth. Clarkson is very active in several charities, including Houses of Hope and March for Dimes. When the tragedy of Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy hit, she helped with recovery efforts by donating concerts proceeds to relief efforts.
This Nickelodeon star is a singer-songwriter-actress triple threat. Partnering with Neutrogena, she just recently kicked off a project with two other stars, Vanessa Hudgens and Hayden Panettier, fundraising and providing awareness for disaster relief, environment and education. She was also named the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's National Ambassador for its “Light the Night” walks in 2012.
Rickie Fowler is more known for his clashing outfits than his golf swing. Yet, according to some golfers, he is good, respecting and hard-working – and that’s what makes him unique. In an interview with Fox Sports, fellow golfer Charles Howell III said that “He's not cut from the same cloth a lot of golfers are. You can tell he's from Southern California and rides motor bikes. That's what makes him Rickie Fowler."
Major League Baseball suspends 13 players for cheating with performance-enhancing drugs. Kids who were wholesome teen idols yesterday are doing drugs and making sex tapes. Our favorite stars spend their days shuttling between jail and rehab. Well, here are 13 heroes who are extremely unlikely to ever fall from grace.