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When professional athletes misbehave on the field, or in a public setting, the fine the league imposes may benefit the community. The Philadelphia Eagles recently announced that receiver Riley Cooper was being fined for a racial rant. Though they did not reveal the amount of the fine, they said the money would be distributed among several community groups. The NFL, NBA, and Major League baseball have all released documents showing that they have a heart to help others with money collected in fines. NFL fines often go to initiatives supporting youth, education, and sports=related medical research, while NBA fines allocates its fines to help organizations like Special Olympics, and Boys and Girls Clubs. Baseball fines are often used to help retired players. Lindsey Spindle, spokesperson for Share Our Strength, an organization working to end childhood hunger, says their organization has received nearly $500,000 from the NBA over the past several years. Spindle said, “While we’d never encourage bad behavior to meet our goal, we are lifted by the league’s vision for turning something perceived to be bad into a good thing that helps kids.”—Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

Karma's a pitch: Bean balls, bad hits spark sports fines that fuel good works, by Bill Briggs, http://www.nbcnews.com/business/karmas-pitch-bean-balls-bad-hits-spark-sports-fines-fuel-6C10852419, Accessed August 10, 2013.

Hebrews 10:24 (CEV) We should keep on encouraging each other to be thoughtful and to do helpful things.

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