10 Altruistic Individuals in Sports

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10 Altruistic Individuals in Sports
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Tom Walter, the baseball coach for Wake Forest, recently donated his kidney to freshman recruit Kevin Jordan.  Jordan had yet to even play for the team.

He committed to play for the Demon Deacons and was later drafted in Round 19 by the New York Yankees in the amateur draft.  Shortly after, he was diagnosed with ANCA vasculitis. 

The condition caused the white blood cells in his body to attack healthy tissue.  It left his kidneys functioning at only eight percent.

After it was determined that no one in Jordan's family was suitable for a donation, Walter stepped up to the plate.  Walter discovered that he was a match and decided to donate his kidney to Jordan.

Which other professional athletes or coaches have gone beyond the call of duty?  Which other athletes inspired those around them to do more?  Flip through the slideshow to look at ten altruistic individuals in the history of sports.

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