An investigation by ESPN showed that none of the cash raised for Cathy’s Kids, named after Odom’s late mom, actually went to anything cancer-related — but the Kardashian camp insists the money, most of which was Odom’s anyway, still went to underprivileged kids.
“It is unfortunate that Lamar Odom 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’s reps said in a statement.
“The millions of dollars personally contributed by Lamar constituted more than 90 percent 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,” Khloe’s reps said.
“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.”
According to ESPN’s investigation, Cathy’s Kids shows a debt of $256,000 on its 2011 tax return after Odom made a loan to the group. Just a year ago, Khloe’s sister Kim Kardashian took flack for pocketing a ton of her charity cash, too.