Athletes can come from a wide variety of different backgrounds and walks of life. Some of them are born rich with everything they could have ever wanted, some are born middle class, and others are born into poverty and need to work hard, survive and fight for everything they have. The latter group is the one that this list will focus on.
Some of these athletes lost their parents at a young age, some were in and out of homeless shelters as children, and others were born into wars. Read on and learn something new about these 10 athletes who were born and lived in extreme poverty.
10. Mike Tyson
Mike Tyson is regarded as one of the best boxers of all time and was one of the hardest hitters in combat sports history, but he also had one of the hardest childhoods in sports history as well. Tyson was born in a poverty-stricken area of Brooklyn, New York, to a very poor family. And when he was just two years old his father abandoned the family and left Tyson’s mother to care for him and his siblings. As a result of this and other struggles, they had to move to an even more dangerous neighborhood. Tyson was arrested more than 30 times by the time he was 13, including being involved in various armed robberies. Those legal problems continued to follow him throughout his boxing career, but he has seemed to turn around his life in recent years and is now finding success as an actor and entertainer.