Aug 4, 2014, 1:08 PM EDT
In a time when athletes are often making headlines over poor behavior and transfer demands, Everton’s Steven Naismith is in the news for all the right reasons.
Naismith has asked for tickets to Everton’s matches to be handed out to the city’s unemployed, who may not be able to afford to attend a Premier League match. The Glasgow native said he understands the troubles many are going through and hopes his actions can help the community.
“I thought this might be a small gesture to help those in that situation to enjoy a day out at one of our league matches. Hopefully it can bring some joy to many people.”
The midfielder has been involved in charity work throughout his career, helping injured servicemen gain employment in Scotland, as well as sponsoring his local boyhood club.
After enjoying a successful spell at Rangers, Naismith struggled in his first season for the Toffees under then-manager David Moyes. With Roberto Martinez taking over the helm, Naismith rebounded, scoring nine goals as he played a more centralized role in the Everton offense. Often providing valuable minutes off the bench, he scored the only goal in a 1-0 win against Chelsea and helped Everton earn a berth in the Europa League. A fine player on the pitch, Steven Naismith is now a fan favorite off the field as well.
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