Footballers usually create the wrong sort of headlines off the field, with Ravel Morrison a recent example of that. So it is refreshing when a story like this one comes along.
Everton player Steven Naismith has decided to give something back to the community and not for the first time. Naismith has always tried to help out with local charities as he understands he is in a privileged position himself. For the forthcoming season he has decided to buy tickets to donate to unemployed football fans.
"I come from Ayrshire in the West of Scotland and spent a lot of my life in Glasgow - a city that, at times, has suffered from high unemployment. Liverpool has a similar history and I am aware that, through no fault of their own, there are many unemployed in Liverpool trying hard to find a job and may not be able to afford a ticket."
Premier League football comes at a premium price and it is hard for many to get to see their beloved club even just once a season. Players in Naismith's position earn incredible amounts of money for doing a job they love and more should follow in the Scottish international's footsteps by trying to help out others not as fortunate as them.
In quotes from The Daily Mail Naismith said he hoped it could bring some joy to people, "I have asked the Jobcentreplus if they could give the tickets to different Jobcentres across the city each week and select people who are unemployed through no fault of their own, are trying hard to find employment and who would enjoy watching a Premier League football match."
As well as his charity work in Liverpool he is also an ambassador Dyslexia Scotland and he also launched a project in Glasgow to help injured service personnel back to mainstream employment.
What's your favourite example of a footballer going out of their way to help others?