More importantly, though, than the game itself, I can't say enough about how great each of these top stars treated us all. Kurt, Brenda, Brad, Mark, Torry, and all the guys couldn't have possibly been any friendlier or fun to hang out with. They really made the entire event an unforgettable experience for everyone there. They are true champions in every sense of the word.
Manasquan, NJ (PRWEB) March 18, 2008
Imagine hauling in a perfectly thrown spiral for a go-ahead touchdown from the likes of Super Bowl champs Kurt Warner or Brad Johnson. Or actually lining up against Anquan Boldin, Larry Fitzgerald, Ricky Proehl, Mark Rypien, Charlie Frye, Rudy Carpenter, or Torry Holt, while playing in the Arizona Cardinals state of the art facility.
That's exactly what ten corporate sponsors from across America did during the annual Kurt Warner's Ultimate Football Experience, March 7 and 8, to compete with the big boys for charity, competition and good clean fun.
All the proceeds for this celebrity-filled flag football tournament went directly to the First Things First foundation, which is a public charity founded in 2001 by Kurt and Brenda Warner. The First Things First foundation is comprised of numerous charitable programs that cover a wide array of events and services inspired by, and centered around the Warner's life theme of putting faith and family first.
Some of their foundation projects include treating children with life-threatening illnesses and their families to a free, week-long vacation at Disney World. The Warner's not only co-sponsor this wonderful deed but also personally host the fun-filled trip. The families even enjoy luxury accommodations at the non-profit fantasy resort called Give Kids the World, culminating in a poolside party complete with Disney characters.
Others include, The Ticket Program, where underprivileged youth receive free tickets to Cardinal's home games. Special Olympics PPK, which teaches football to Special Olympics athletes and Homes for the Holidays, where single parents who have met certain qualifications are awarded the down payment for the new home, furnishings and other amenities.
Each corporate sponsor was quarterbacked by a participating current or former NFL star. Team ProSource was fortunate to have Brad Johnson at the helm. In addition to Brad, their over-achieving eight-man roster consisted of company founder Bob Chinery, his son Robbie, Mike Goode (shipping foreman), John Tarzy, (transportation coordinator), and friends Derek Hughes, John Amenhauser, Chris Eshelman, and Andrew Mandeville.
In the process of attaining a very respectable record of 3 wins and 2 losses, ProSource's biggest achievement was tying Kurt's team (and tourney winner for a third time), sponsored by Joyce Meyers Ministries, in the final seconds of their game in the preliminary round. ProSource played them tough the entire game, but eventually lost the contest by 2 measly points in overtime. ProSource was the only squad that even came close to upsetting the champs.
"I would say that our team did as well as it did because our guys were well conditioned, strong, and had lots of endurance. We lacked the experience of playing in such a high-level organized event but our player's overall physical conditioning made up for it. The game got real rough and our guys just continued performing at a high level all day long. Plus, Brad's amazing accuracy made all the difference in the world," said Chinery. "More importantly, though, than the game itself, I can't say enough about how great each of these top stars treated us all. Kurt, Brenda, Brad, Mark, Torry, and all the guys couldn't have possibly been any friendlier or fun to hang out with. They really made the entire event an unforgettable experience for everyone there. They are true champions in every sense of the word."
In addition to being a corporate sponsor for First Things First, ProSource is also a major supporter of Ocean of Love (a New Jersey charity that helps kids with cancer), Smile Train, which provides surgery for kids in Third World countries that have cleft pallets and other facial deformities, as well as other local charities geared mostly to children.
The entire roster of current and former pros and college stars that played in this extraordinary event include, of course, Super Bowl champion quarterback and current Cardinal's starter Kurt Warner, Head Coach of the Arizona Cardinals, Ken Whisenhunt, Cardinal's starting wide receivers Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin, St Louis Rams starting wide receiver Torry Holt, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Charlie Frye, Super Bowl Champion quarterback and current Dallas Cowboy Brad Johnson, two-time Super Bowl winning wide receiver Ricky Proehl, two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Mark Rypien, and highly rated Arizona State University starting quarterback Rudy Carpenter.
Said Chinery, "It was the thrill of a lifetime playing with these guys and catching touchdown passes from a Super Bowl champion quarterback like Brad. I was really proud of our team and how we performed against such incredible competition. And knowing that this great event is for such a worthy cause makes the entire enterprise that much more rewarding.
"Kurt and Brenda are to be highly commended for making it all happen. They're both great people with hearts of gold!"