Dec 3, 2010

Janice Cantrell, left, and her nephew Corey Cantrell, second left, stand with former President Jimmy Carter, right, on the front porch of their new home as former NFL star Warrick Dunn, speaks during an unveiling ceremony Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010 in Atlanta.
 
 
Don't you just love Warrick Dunn.  Everything about the man eludes class and a desire to serve.  He is the opposite of many of the star athletes that are dominating today's headlines.  I've been a fan of his since his days at Florida State and I still remain a fan.  This just makes me want to go home and try to find my No. 28 jersey.
 
 
ATLANTA - An Atlanta single mom got the surprise of a lifetime when she was presented with a new home by some NFL bigwigs and a former president!

Warrick Dunn, Falcons owner Arthur Blank, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and former president Jimmy Carter presented Janice Cantrell, her nephew and her daughter with the new home Thursday morning.

The home came fully furnished thanks to Aaron's. Even the refrigerator was stocked with food.

Dunn helped with the down payment for the new home, thus reducing the monthly mortgage for Cantrell.

Help with the home was made possible by the Homes for the Holidays program, a part of the Warrick Dunn Family Foundation. It was the 100th home presented by the program.

 
About the Warrick Dunn Family Foundation

A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Warrick Dunn grew up as the oldest of six children, experiencing the struggles of a single-parent family.

Dunn'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, Dunn's mother was gunned down in an armed robbery during an off-duty shift, leaving 18-year-old Dunn to care for his five 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.

Grateful for this outpouring of support and through his mother's example in life and death, Dunn 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, Dunn 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, Dunn established the Homes for the Holidays program. Since 1997, Homes for the Holidays has rewarded single parents and children who have reached the American Dream of first-time homeownership in Atlanta, Ga., Baton Rouge, La., Tampa and Tallahassee, Fla.  source

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