Roddick does ‘good deed’ by suing cancer charity

Published On February 28, 2013 | By Tyler Scionti

We recently ran a quick story on the little good that many athlete charities actually do, but a recent story has brought a new level of intrigue to the question as to whether or not athlete-owned charities are accomplishing what they set out to.

Recently retired tennis player Andy Roddick decided to play an exhibition match to raise money for the Miracle Match Foundation. Roddick agreed to play for $100,000, which was said to be paid in full before he participated in the event.

Well, when payday rolled around, Roddick got his check as promised; however, when he went to put it in the bank the check bounced, throwing him into the middle of an investigation to determine what exactly Miracle Match does.

To be clear, Roddick is not simply suing a cancer foundation out of greed or resentment; a closer look reveals that Miracle Match is riddled with fraud and deception, something that needs to be found out and stopped.

In 2004 the foundation raised a meager $3,616 for charity while incurring massive debts. Added to that, Roddick is not the only star to get stiffed come payday. There is a long list of athletes who are owed great sums of money, so Roddick’s best advice is to get in place in the growing line.

It really is no wonder the IRS revoked Miracle Match’s non-profit status; they haven’t actually done much to promote or further cancer research. While suing a cancer foundation is not often rated highly on the “good deeds” list, Roddick is doing his part in stopping one more fraudulent charity from diverting funds from kids with cancer to the wallets of the board members.

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Hi I'm Tyler Scionti, I'm a member of the class of 2015 at the College of the Holy Cross where I study English and Economics. At school I cover a variety of sports while also writing a beat column on the Boston Red Sox.