This past July, Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn spent eight days of his NFL offseason in the rural Maasai region of Tanzania making quality education a reality for children in the region. Through their recently established Lynn Family Foundation, Lynn and his wife, NBC New York news anchor Stacey Bell Lynn, helped establish a new school for approximately 300 children grades K-3…Read More
Announcing his retirement from the NFL earlier this month, former Tennessee Titans linebacker Derrick Morgan is now putting his energy into tackling economic inequality. Morgan is already moving full speed ahead with his next full-time endeavor — impact investing and empowering underserved communities across the country…Read More
NFL legend Ray Lewis, Baltimore-based solar developer Cherie Brooks and real estate executive Rob Wallace are on a mission to expand opportunity in the solar business for underserved individuals. Desiring to break the cycle of poverty, unemployment, under-employment and incarceration in Baltimore and other cities across the country, Lewis, Brooks and Wallace formed the Power52 Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides training for success in the clean energy industry…Read More
On July 9, recently retired NFL player Chris Long received ESPN’s 2019 Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award on the eve of the ESPYs at L.A. Live in Los Angeles. Long earned the award for "his commitment to giving back through strategic, multifaceted efforts," joining the ranks of past winners including Kevin Durant (2018) and Tamika Catchings (2015)…Read More
Carolina Panthers linebacker Brandon Chubb has an impressive new achievement to add to his resume — but it was nothing to do with football. Recently, Chubb graduated from Harvard Business School’s Crossover Into Business program, launched in 2017 in partnership with the NBA. The program aims to equip professional athletes with business skills to help them effectively navigate and advance their careers in sports and beyond…Read More
On June 17, The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation kicked off its fourth annual Young Dragons Summer STEAM program, a free six-week summer camp offered to middle school students in West Philadelphia. In partnership with Drexel University’s ExCITe Center, the program offers innovative STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts/Athletics, and Mathematics) activities developed specifically for students ages 10-14 years old…Read More
After a brief NFL career as a cornerback with the Washington Redskins, Chase Minnifield is making a name for himself off the field, having successfully transitioned from professional athlete to tech entrepreneur…Read More
Last month, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton and his wife, JJ, visited Dayton Children’s Hospital in Ohio to announce their donation of a mobile technology hub to benefit ill and recovering patients…Read More
While many NFL players spend the offseason unwinding after months of intense physical strain and time away from home, New York Jets linebacker Brandon Copeland is spending his offseason in the classroom — as a professor. This past semester, Copeland returned to his alma mater, University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, to teach a course in financial literacy…Read More
Seattle Seahawks All-Pro linebacker Bobby Wagner is making progress this offseason not only on his game but also in his community. On May 4, Wagner teamed up with nonprofit organization Generosity Feeds and Seattle-based social enterprise MOD Pizza to pack meals for 10,000 children in his hometown of Ontario, California…Read More
A native of Riverdale, Maryland, former NFL running back Tobias Dorzon continues to make a name for himself as a rising executive chef in Washington D.C.’s culinary circuit. Founder of Victory Chefs Catering launched in 2014 and The Victory Truck launched in 2018, Dorzon has built a loyal following as a private chef and caterer for professional athletes and celebrities nationwide since leaving his professional football career behind a few years ago…Read More
During an appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on April 2, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes announced the launch of "15 and the Mahomies," his new charitable foundation that focuses on improving the lives of children through health, education, and other resources…Read More
Former Chicago Bears cornerback and current FBI agent Charles “Peanut” Tillman acknowledges his fear of water and that he has zero experience as a rower. Nevertheless, he plans to overcome his fears for a good cause this summer. Tillman is in process of building a boat to take him across Lake Michigan in an effort to raise funds for pediatric cancer research and assist families of young cancer patients.Read More
With the launch of his new foundation, Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy continues to demonstrate his commitment to giving back. A nine-year NFL veteran who has made the NFL All-Pro team three-times and Pro Bowl six times, McCoy credits his parents, both youth preachers in the Oklahoma City area when he was growing up, for teaching him about the importance of serving the community and helping those in need…Read More
Last week, former NFL running back Warrick Dunn gave school teacher and single mother Valencia Archie and her four sons the surprise of a lifetime. When the Archie family arrived to move into their new home in Augusta, Georgia, they found not only Dunn there to greet them but also a fully furnished house, including a stocked refrigerator and cabinets.
Dunn partnered with Augusta Housing and Community Development, Aaron’s Inc., Mortgage Bankers Association of Georgia and Peach State FCU to carry out the project. While the Archie home is the first that Dunn has helped furnish in Augusta, the donation marks the 169th family Dunn has supported through his organization Warrick Dunn Charities and its “Homes for the Holidays” program.
Inspired by his single mother, a Baton Rouge police officer killed when he was 18 years old, Dunn launched the “Homes for the Holidays” program in 1997 after being drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Often partnering with Habitat for Humanity, the program helps single parents around the U.S. afford homeownership-related expenses, like down payments and furnishings.
A tribute to Dunn’s late mother who worked two jobs but never owned her own home, the program serves as one of Dunn’s greatest joys. Despite operating the program for over two decades now, the magic of giving back and changing lives still remains the same for Dunn.
“It’s still a blessing, it’s still life-changing, and I’m still thankful because that feeling never gets old,” states Dunn. “It’s about creating a stable environment for the kids, and if we can create an environment that gives them a sense of safety and security so that they have more confidence when they go to school and they perform better, they’re more involved in their community.”
Retiring from the NFL in 2009 after 12 years in the league and now a minority owner of the Atlanta Falcons, Dunn engages in his local community beyond his foundation too. For example, during Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta this past February, Dunn served as captain of Team ATL, a crew of 10,000 hospitality volunteers who welcomed visitors to the city for the festivities.
Time will only tell how many more lives Dunn and his “Homes for the Holidays” program, as well as the organization’s nutrition and wellness education, financial literacy, and scholarship programs, will have transformed by next year’s Super Bowl!
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Scott Pioli, assistant general manager of the Atlanta Falcons, three-time Super Bowl champion and five-time NFL Executive of the Year Award winner, recently announced the creation of an endowment fund in collaboration with the Women's Sports Foundation, where he is a new member of the organization’s Board of Trustees…Read More
Founded in 2017 by entrepreneurs Alycia Powell and Michelle Mays to help professional athletes further their philanthropic endeavors and social responsibility, Champions for Philanthropy hosted its first annual Most Valuable Philanthropist Super Bowl Awards Brunch on Thursday, January 31, during Super Bowl week at The Estate in Atlanta’s Buckhead area…Read More
Former NFL defensive tackle and 2003 Super Bowl Champion Ellis Wyms has become a passionate advocate for empowering youth through computer science education. A Mississippi native and eight-year NFL veteran with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings, Wyms recently launched Athletes for Computer Science (AFCS), a program powered by the Wyms Foundation that inspires elementary school children to explore careers in computer science…Read More
On January 31 as Super Bowl LIII gets set to kick off in Atlanta, Champions for Philanthropy will host its first annual Most Valuable Philanthropist Super Bowl Awards Brunch in partnership with LW Branding. The event aims to celebrate high-impact philanthropic efforts of professional athletes that rarely make the highlight reel and to inspire others to follow their lead…Read More
Hall of Famers Steve Young and Ronnie Lott and two-time Super Bowl champion Jim Plunkett have teamed up with TeachAids, a health education technology organization established by subject-matter experts from Stanford University, to raise awareness about the risks of untreated head injuries and to change public perception surrounding concussions…Read More