Khloe Kardashian is speaking out against the rumor’s surrounding Lamar Odom’s Cathy’s Kids charity.
The 28-year-old is lashing out against reports that Lamar Odom is running a fraudulent charity for underprivileged children, called Cathy’s Kids, in honor of his late mother.
According to ESPN, the charity Odom, 33, founded has not given any profits to related causes since its creation in 2004 despite raising an estimated $2.2 million.
Kardashian, who’s been married to Odom since 2009, couldn’t bear to watch by the sidelines as allegations heated up, so she’s addressing the claims on her Celebuzz blog.
The Los Angeles Clippers forward’s wife writes on her website:
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.
The millions of dollars personally contributed by Lamar constituted more than 90% of the money raised by the foundation. 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.
Cathy’s Kids was formed with several purposes in mind, including benefitting underprivileged youth and cancer research. A decision was ultimately made that the charity should focus on one of those purposes — to help enrich the lives of underprivileged inner-city youth. It accomplished that 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.