Blue Ribbon Panel: Warrick Dunn

Warrick Dunn is the proud founder of the nationally-renowned community project Homes for the Holidays, an annual program that helps low-income families buy homes in Atlanta, Tampa, Baton Rouge and Tallahassee. As the primary focus of the Warrick Dunn Foundation, the program provides down payments and works with area sponsors to furnish the homes. Motivated by the memory of his mother, Betty Smothers, Dunn launched the program during his rookie season in 1997 and has since enabled 74 single mothers and 192 children realize their lifelong dreams of home ownership. In 2007, the foundation assisted its first single father. The Warrick Dunn Foundation is dedicated to providing opportunities for economically-disadvantaged single parents and children who have demonstrated a commitment to achieve financial independence and stability. For more information about the Warrick Dunn Foundation, please go to www.warrickdunnfoundation.org.

Throughout his NFL career, Warrick Dunn has been involved in the following off the field activities:

» Warrick Dunn Foundation

» Allen Rossum Healthy Kids Foundation/Mobile Fitness 4 Kids event

» Wash 'n' Wear Fashion Show

» NFL Take a Player to School Program

» Mardi Gras Madness Gala

» Honored with a Giant Steps Award in civic leadership from former President Bill Clinton

Community Honors

2001: Recipient of the Oprah Winfrey's Angels award 2004: Winner of the Walter Payton Man of the Year award 2004: Winner of the Jessie Tuggle Humanitarian award 2005: Recipient of the 'No. 1 Good Guy' award from The Sporting News 2007: The Home Depot Neighborhood MVP award winner 2008: Byron "Whizzer" White award winner

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