Get inspired by the heartwarming way David Beckham is keeping busy in retirement.

Yes, David Beckham is really good at soccer. 

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And, yes, he's very easy on the eyes. 

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But it's Beckham's generosity of spirit that really makes him shine. 

For close to 11 years, Beckham has served as a UNICEF goodwill ambassador. In this role, he's traveled around the globe to support and raise awareness for the world's most vulnerable kids. 

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Beckham has met with children in Thailand, the Phillippines, South Africa, and more. At every stop, he uses his celebrity to raise awareness about the preventable dangers affecting young people around the globe, including malnutrition, AIDS, and Ebola. 

On Jan. 12, 2016, Beckham received the Danny Kaye Humanitarian Leadership Award from UNICEF for his commitment to children worldwide.

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The honor, named for UNICEF's first celebrity ambassador, Danny Kaye, is bestowed upon individuals who take an active role to save and improve the lives of children around the globe.

Beckham attended the star-studded UNICEF Biennial Ball in Beverly Hills and accepted his award from Sir Elton John and David Furnish.

But awards like this don't signal the culmination of a life's work. In fact, they often mean just the opposite. 

Which is to say, Beckham's done a lot — but he's just getting started.

In 2015, Beckham launched 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund — the 7 being a reference to his jersey number.

The 7 fund differs slightly from Beckham's work as a goodwill ambassador. Instead of visiting a single destination, Beckham traveled to seven different countries to take part in seven big initiatives including education, HIV/AIDS prevention, and clean water. 

Long term, Beckham plans to serve as a fierce advocate for these children while encouraging others (especially his famous friends) to give give what they can to help meet these urgent needs. 

And Beckham even found a way to incorporate his first love, soccer, into his charitable mission. 

Beckham plays with survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in Leyte in 2014. His passion for soccer lead to his next big project with UNICEF and the 7 fund. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images.

Beckham committed himself to playing seven soccer matches on all seven continents in 10 days. 

Instead of the the well-appointed, sold-out stadiums he was accustomed to, he traveled to rugged and remote locations where UNICEF serves, like a small village in the highlands of Papua New Guinea and a refugee camp in Djibouti.

And yes, the star and his crew even made their way to Antarctica.

The Herculean effort was filmed for the BBC documentary "For the Love of the Game," which is streaming now in the U.K. 

So next time you run into David Beckham, remember this:

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  1. Try not to faint. 
  2. Give him a high five (or long sensual hug) to thank him for all the good work he's done for kids around the globe. 

Because you don't need a cape, or even an international modeling contract, to be a hero, just a kind heart. (Though the latter certainly doesn't hurt.)

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If someone were to say "video games" to you, what are the first words that come to mind? Whatever words you thought of (fun, exciting, etc.), we're willing to guess "healthy" or "mental health tool" didn't pop into your mind.

And yet… it turns out they are. Especially for Veterans.

How? Well, for one thing, video games — and virtual reality more generally — are also more accessible and less stigmatized to veterans than mental health treatment. In fact, some psychiatrists are using virtual reality systems for this reason to treat PTSD.

Secondly, video games allow people to socialize in new ways with people who share common interests and goals. And for Veterans, many of whom leave the military feeling isolated or lonely after they lose the daily camaraderie of their regiment, that socialization is critical to their mental health. It gives them a virtual group of friends to talk with, connect to, and relate to through shared goals and interests.

In addition, according to a 2018 study, since many video games simulate real-life situations they encountered during their service, it makes socialization easier since they can relate to and find common ground with other gamers while playing.

This can help ease symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even PTSD in Veterans, which affects 20% of the Veterans who have served since 9/11.

Watch here as Verizon dives into the stories of three Veteran gamers to learn how video games helped them build community, deal with trauma and have some fun.

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Video games have been especially beneficial to Veterans since the beginning of the pandemic when all of us — Veterans included — have been even more isolated than ever before.

And that's why Verizon launched a challenge last year, which saw $30,000 donated to four military charities.

And this year, they're going even bigger by launching a new World of Warships charity tournament in partnership with Wargaming and Wounded Warrior Project called "Verizon Warrior Series." During the tournament, gamers will be able to interact with the game's iconic ships in new and exciting ways, all while giving back.

Together with these nonprofits, the tournament will welcome teams all across the nation in order to raise money for military charities helping Veterans in need. There will be a $100,000 prize pool donated to these charities, as well as donation drives for injured Veterans at every match during the tournament to raise extra funds.

Verizon is also providing special discounts to Those Who Serve communities, including military and first responders, and they're offering a $75 in-game content military promo for World of Warships.

Tournament finals are scheduled for August 8, so be sure to tune in to the tournament and donate if you can in order to give back to Veterans in need.

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