Speedskater talks philanthropy with N.C. legislators
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Speedskater Joey Cheek spent much of his life working to reach the Olympic medal platform. Now he's using every moment on that pedestal pursuing a new cause.
Three months ago during the Turin Winter Olympics, Cheek donated $40,000 in gold- and silver-medal bonuses to the athletic philanthropy group Right to Play. Since he retired from his sport, Cheek has traveled the world on behalf of the program, advocating sports as a way to improve the lives of forgotten children and drawing attention to some of the world's largest humanitarian disaster, such as the Darfur crisis in Sudan."