Warrick with the Clare family in May 2010

"This is the biggest moment in my life besides having my children. I never thought I would have a home that was this beautiful." - Christina Clare 

 


Warrick is the founder of Warrick Dunn Charities, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to improving lives through innovative programming inspired by Warrick's life journey. He has received local and national recognition for his philanthropic work off the field including the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 2005, the Heisman Humanitarian Award in 2010 and the 2011 Jefferson Awards for Public Service.

   

 

 

 

     

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"We are so pleased that Aaron's and the Warrick Dunn Charities are making dreams come true and changing lives by rewarding single parents and their families as they begin homeownership." - Ken Butler, Aaron's Inc.

 

Athletes for Hope

Athletes For Hope

In 2007, Dunn, along with Andre Agassi, Muhammed Ali, Lance Armstrong, Jeff Gordon, Mia Hamm, Tony Hawk, Andrea Jaeger, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Mario Lemieux, Alonzo Mourning and Cal Ripken, Jr. founded Athletes for Hope, a non-profit organization which helps professional athletes and the community develop their passion for philanthropy.


Signed Items

Warrick Dunn Charities receives a high volume of requests for Mr. Dunn's autograph. As nonprofit organization, we are unable to financially fulfill all requests. However, if you purchase an item and mail it to WDC's Atlanta headquarters with return postage, Mr. Dunn would be happy to autograph it for you. Please allow about two months to process your request.   


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Warrick Dunn: Philanthropy

                                

 A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Warrick grew up as the oldest of six children, experiencing the struggles of a single-parent family. Warrick's mother, Betty Smothers, was a police officer who often worked security shifts to provide for her family. Her goal was to one day realize the American Dream of home ownership. Tragically, she was gunned down in an armed robbery during an off-duty shift, leaving 18-year-old Warrick to care for his five younger siblings. The Baton Rouge community banded together to create a memorial fund for his family in honor of his mother's selfless public service to the city of Baton Rouge.

"One of the most important lessons I learned from my mother's life was to never lose sight of where all blessings come from, and the responsibility we have as human beings to look after and serve one another." 

Homes for the Holidays

Grateful for this outpouring of support and through his mother's example in life and death, Warrick was provided the tools to become a pillar of hope and strength; not only for his family, but also for the communities he has called home. During his rookie season in the National Football League (NFL) with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he realized the impact he could make through a positive image and community involvement. Challenged by Coach Tony Dungy to become a vital part of the community, Warrick established the Homes for the Holidays (HFTH) program. Currently, HFTH has 147 recipients across the United States. In 2016 the program will surpass a milestone and have the 150th home celebration.


Fulfilling dreams of first time homeownership

 

In 1998, HFTH began to enhance homeownership in Warrick's hometown of Baton Rouge, LA. Although the Homes for the Holidays program has existed since 1997, Warrick Dunn Charities was established in 2002 as a way to grow programs and services for single-parent families. When Warrick signed with the Falcons in 2002, the program followed him to Atlanta, GA. In 2007, the Charities expanded the program to serve Tallahassee, FL, where he graduated from Florida State University.

 "I am happy that I am able to give something back to each of the cities that has contributed to my development as an athlete and that helped me to get where I am professionally."

  

A Better Future Starts with Hope

HFTH not only provides uplifting support for these communities, it is also a way for Warrick to share his mother's dream with single parents who have reached the goal of home ownership. 

"It took a while, but I realized my dream. I was finally able to translate my talent on the football field into something truly meaningful for hard-working, determined people who didn't want handouts, but just needed a boost." 


 

Betty's Hope

Following his mother's death, the pressure of leading his family, and creating a work/life balance were taking their toll. After receiving advice from a teammate, Dunn realized that counseling might ease the pain in his life so that he could heal and begin to live a more peaceful and fulfilling life. After working with a therapist and learning more about children bereavement programs, Warrick decided to bring the same sense of hope to his hometown of Baton Rouge, where he first learned the value of community support. 

Betty’s Hope mobile support unit served Baton Rouge, LA for nearly 3 years to provide grief education to children in need. We have enjoyed our partnership with community organizations and the East Baton Rouge Parish School System. Betty’s Hope reached over 3,000 people in the community. The program is being redesigned to assist more educators addressing children's bereavement around the country. 

For more information about Warrick Dunn Charities and its programs please visit www.wdc.org