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Former NFL RB Warrick Dunn Has Now Given 145 Homes to Single-Parent Families
Former NFL running back Warrick Dunn set up his own charitable foundation once he signed his first big contract, just like every other pro athlete in America.
However, unlike most of those other pro athletes, Warrick Dunn’s charitable foundation was not created solely for the purpose of paying less taxes. When Warrick Dunn created Warrick Dunn Charities, the goal was helping single-parent families achieve the American Dream of home ownership.
How’s that project coming along? Well, when we checked in on Dunn back in 2011, his charity has just made the down payment on its 100th home for it’s 100th single-parent family.
Now, as of October 1, they’re up to an incredible 145.
Congratulations to Recipient #145. She has worked so hard to achieve her dream of homeownership. WDC was in Tampa… http://t.co/Tku2XALcN4
— WarrickDunnCharities (@WDCharities) October 1, 2015
Just think about that number for a minute. Think about how many lives have been changed. Think about how many kids will grow up knowing what it’s like to take pride in a home, and how many hard-working single parents have been rewarded.
And yes, it is a reward, not a handout. Dunn’s charity doesn’t pay for houses outright. They just cover the downpayment for worthy individuals, who then take on the mortgages and cover the remaining payments themselves.
So why does Dunn do it? What keeps him going after all these years?
The memory of his mother, Betty Smothers, a Baton Rouge police officer who was killed in an armed robbery attempt in 1993 while working after hours as a security guard to make ends meet. Betty was never able to achieve her dream of home ownership, so Dunn makes sure that other hard-working moms achieve theirs.
It’s a shame more athletes aren’t as philanthropic as Warrick Dunn.
Hat Tip – [Bleacher Report]