Originally posted on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 7/23/12

NBA star Kevin Garnett, NFL quarterback Peyton Manning, and a group of Denver Broncos players have reassured us that sports role models aren’t made by their actions on the court or field, but rather their actions in society.

Following the horrific, terrifying, and disturbing events of the Colorado movie theater shooting last week, Garnett and Manning have taken action to try to help those most affected by this unexpected tragedy.

Seven players with the Denver Broncos visited with victims of the Aurora, Colo., shooting rampage on Sunday, July 22, 2012. (Photo courtesy: Denver Broncos via KJRH.com)

On July 21st, Garnett sent out a tweet reading:

For every R-T this gets, $1 will be donated to the 5 sets of kids who’s parents were killed in the James Holmes, Colorado #TheatreShooting

— Kevin Garnett(@RealKG5) July 21, 2012

As of Sunday, July 22nd at 11:59 pm, this statement had been re-tweeted over 69,000 times.

On Sunday, Manning took it upon himself to make phone calls to victims of the shooting, hoping to uplift their spirits. Several other Denver Broncos players visited victims who were still in the hospital.

Because I live in Indiana, I heard several folks argue that Manning is probably upset that this story is over the media because that’s not how he operates.

While Manning never cares about off-the-field recognition for his good deeds, it’s sometimes nice for these stories to leak, letting people know that professional athletes are just as concerned with catastrophic events, such as the theatre shooting in Colorado, as they are with games they play.

Too many times we are quick to judge players by their on-the-court performance or their stubborn demands for big contracts. While sometimes it seems silly, instances like this reassure us that professional athletes are human beings, who are often willing to help those in need whenever possible.

It’s never surprising to see Manning helping in this fashion. His humble nature on the field suggests he is a very caring fellow in the community.

Garnett, on the other hand, is a guy who thrives on trash-talking and is an intense competitor on the basketball court, giving off a vibe that maybe he isn’t too concerned with what goes on in the real world. But this instance goes to show that any athlete, no matter what their character and attitude is like during game-time, may be willing to provide assistance and comfort to those dealing with difficult situations.

I applaud Garnett, Manning, and every professional athlete who spent their time to assist those who were affected by the events of last week. It was a strong sign that humanitarianism is alive and well in sports.

Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Warren Sapp bitten on arm by shark

Fitzpatrick, Jets agree to one-year deal

Baker considering removing Papelbon from closer role?

Greg Hardy struggling to find work, reportedly even in CFL

Jets players told not to discuss Ryan Fitzpatrick situation


Brock Lesnar won't be punished by WWE for UFC drug test

Report: Cowboys to be fined up to $250K for suspended players

Data shows NFL-backed youth program that claimed reduced concussions is bogus

Report: Odom’s family working hard to get him to go to rehab

Drug dealers adding Olympic rings to cocaine wrappers in Rio

Report: Cowboys have ‘no interest’ in Freeney, Hardy

Poll: Las Vegas residents don’t support public funds for NFL stadium

Conor McGregor talks trash to Nate Diaz on ‘Conan’

We asked Team USA: What other Olympic sport would you play?

Real Madrid can’t train at Norwegian school because of the kids

Newspaper uses Michael Jordan ‘crying face’ as image

Equipment manager Blake Griffin punched no longer works for Clippers

Report: Nicks signing one-year deal with Saints

Reds 'picking up the pace' on Jay Bruce trade talks

Robbie Keane rescued on highway after running out of gas

Why Gary Bettman's CTE denial is cause for concern for NHL

WATCH: Tigers play high stakes game of Rock, Paper, Scissors

Tavares dismisses rumors, wants to stay with Islanders

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

We asked Team USA: What other Olympic sport would you play?

Why Gary Bettman's CTE denial is cause for concern for NHL

WATCH: Inside the Nike SNKRS BOX in SF for Golden Air Celebration

WATCH: Five other uniforms Chris Sale should cut up

QUIZ: Name every Olympic event in which the USA has never won a gold medal

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

One Gotta Go: Do NBA players really love NBA2K?

One Gotta Go: NBA players hate Facebook too

One Gotta Go: NBA players settle the fast food beef

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker