The personal transformation of Mike Tyson from a ferocious, embattled professional boxer to entertainer, animal advocate, and philanthropist continues. 


The 46-year-old announced yesterday the launch of a new children's charity called the Mike Tyson Cares Foundation. The organization vows to “give kids a fighting chance” by offering innovative centers that provide for the comprehensive needs of kids from broken homes.


"These needs may include healthcare assistance, shelter, school assistance, mentoring, job placement assistance and such other needs as determined by the center for the overall well being of the child," the site says. 


To kick things off, the foundation will host a star-studded gala at the Las Vegas hotspot TABU on December 7th - with all money raised benefting the Shade Tree Foundation and Awakenings; both of which assist needy children in the Las Vegas area. 


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“I am very proud to launch Mike Tyson Cares Foundation,” said Tyson. “I want my legacy to be about charity and helping children. This is my start.” has also tipped us off to an amazing once-in-a-lifetime charity auction to sit ringside with Tyson (and a guest of your choice) at the December 8th fight of Pacquiao vs. Marquez. With 8 days left - and the current bid already at $16,000 - you can bet this one will bring in some great charity for the new org. 


For more information on the foundation, jump to the official site here


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Mike Tyson launches charity foundation
Former professional boxer says he wants his legacy to be about charity and helping children.