Before the World Cup, Mesut Ozil partnered with BigShoe, a charity that raises money for children to get important surgeries in the countries where major soccer tournaments are held, promising to sponsor a "team" of 11 kids who needed help.
But that was before he and the German squad won the World Cup -- and with it earned a bonus of 300,000 Euros. As such, he's raising his donation from enough to help 11 kids -- the amount of players that are on the field at any given point -- to 23 -- the amount of players each World Cup team had in total.
prior to the #WorldCup I supported the surgery of eleven sick children. since the victory of the #WorldCup is not only due to eleven players but to our whole team, I will now raise the number to 23. this is my personal thank-you for the hospitality of the people of Brazil.
BigShoe was founded in 2006 when the town where the Togo squad trained raised money to help a Togolese child with a cleft palate. They went on to provide operations for South African children during the 2010 World Cup and Ukrainian children during the 2012 European Championships. Here's a link if you're interested in joining Ozil in helping out.