Khloe Kardashian Odom defends husband Lamar Odom's Cathy's Kids charity
Khloe Kardashian Odom took to her official blog to defend her husband Lamar Odom's charity, Cathy's Kids, which was recently targeted in a report about charities started by athletes that fail to spend money donated to their organizations on the actual causes they claim to sponsor.
Cathy's Kids, which Lamar started in 2004 in honor of his late mother who died of cancer when he was 12, initially promised to raise money for cancer research and to provide resources for under privileged children.
However, according to a report by ESPN's "Outside the Lines," the organization has not donated money to any cancer-related causes. The sports news show claims it reviewed eight years of tax records from the charity and found that the organization has spent 60 percent of the $2.2 million raised since it started on "two elite youth basketball travel teams." The "Outside the Lines" report can be seen below.
The report also claims that Jerry DeGregorio, who was Lamar's high school coach and best man at his wedding to Khloe, earned a median annual salary of approximately $72,000 from 2004 to 2011 as secretary of the charity. The "Outside the Lines" report said the charity has "operated at a loss since its inception" and the charity's 2011 tax returns showed it was, at the time, $256,000 in debt.
"It is unfortunate that my husband has been the target of an attack on athletes' charities, although he has personally contributed approximately $2.2 million to his foundation, Cathy's Kids, to fulfill its charitable purposes that include helping underprivileged inner-city youth," Khloe said in a statement on her blog on Tuesday, April 2.
"The millions of dollars personally contributed by Lamar constituted more than 90 percent of the money raised by the foundation," she added. "All of the funds donated by Lamar and the other contributions to Cathy's Kids were used for one of the foundation's intended charitable purposes. Not one penny went to help Lamar personally or any member of his family. No charitable funds were misused, and the IRS has repeatedly given Cathy's Kids a clean bill of health, confirming that there were no improprieties."
Khloe went on to say that although Cathy's Kids "was formed with several purposes in mind," including cancer research and helping underprivileged youth, it was ultimately decided that that charity would focus on the latter goal.
"Cathy's Kids helped fund multiple AAU basketball teams providing underprivileged youth with opportunities enriching their lives, providing financial support for coaching and travel to tournaments, helping inner-city youth on a path toward success and leading many participants to go on to college," Khloe said.
Lamar was approached by "Outside the Lines" to comment on their story and in a sit down interview, he disputed the information in the IRS tax forms that "Outside the Lines" cited in their report. He also insisted, "I take care of kids."
Check out the "Outside the Lines" report on athlete charities below.
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