A famous athlete tattooed 50 names on his body for a sad reason. Showing them got him suspended.
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Zlatan Ibrahimović is a world-famous soccer player.

If you live outside of the United States, you probably know him better as a "footballer."

After scoring a goal at a Feb. 14, 2015 match, he removed his jersey to reveal the names of 50 people tattooed on his arms and chest. The temporary tattoos represent 50 of the 805 million people in the world suffering from hunger.


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Ibrahimović was issued a one-game suspension for "unsportsmanlike behavior."

But he thought it was totally worth it. And I do too.

Any time a famous person lends their time to a cause, they can be accused of hunting for publicity. But in moments like these, what does that matter?

Ibrahimović knows exactly how big of a problem world hunger is (11.5% — more than a tenth of the world). And now, so do you.

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If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.