This French soccer star is using his World Cup pay to support kids with disabilities.

There’s plenty to love about the World Cup.

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Screaming fans, endless parties, and nail-biting soccer games keep billions of viewers coming back every four years. But this year, more players are giving the world reasons to watch their actions off the field too.

French soccer player Kylian Mbappé, one of the highest paid teenagers in the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), is donating his entire World Cup salary to charity.

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The total amount of his donation is unclear, but Mbappé's estimated salary for the World Cup is £17,000 (about $22,000) per game, with a potential bonus of £265,000 (about $348,000) if his team wins the whole tournament.

Where's all that cash going? To support Preiers de Cordees, an association that organizes sports activities for kids with disabilities. Mbappé's actions set an example  on how to use prosperity for the greater good.

While Mbappé’s efforts are upstanding, they aren’t new to the World Cup.

Since the inception of the England Footballers Foundation (EFF) in 2007 — an organization that supports a variety of different social causes — the England national team’s players have all individually donated their salaries to charity each World Cup too.

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Given that the average male soccer player makes well over some of the world's top paid white-collar workers, and top-tier players like Mbappé and Cristiano Ronaldo make several millions, their donations are especially important as the world continues to find ways to address poverty and inequality in communities around the globe.

Keep up the good work on and off the field!

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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.