Former NFL Player Warrick Dunn Issues 28 Day Giving Challenge

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#28challenge Promotes Good Role Models

The challenge issued by Retired Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers Running Back and Philanthropist, Warrick Dunn encourages 28 days of giving $28 from 28,000 people on http://www.28challenge.com as part of his charities, "Good Role Models" campaign.

Dunn began his Homes for the Holidays program to assist single parent families in 1997 while a 22-year old NFL rookie just four years after his single mother, a Baton Rouge police officer was killed during an off-duty security shift. The program has served 139 families with down-payment assistance, food, home furnishings and other necessities to combat poverty and hunger to improve the quality of life for those in need. Warrick Dunn Charities has two additional programs: Betty's Hope, a mobile children's breavement program and recently launched Homes for Service, an affordable homeownership program benefitting civil servants and teachers. A scholarship program will launch in 2015.

Warrick Dunn Charities has partnered with corporations and community leaders that understand the value and impact of Dunn's near two decades of selfless work. Over 28 days via social media, Dunn challenges individuals and companies to give as he has and encourages others to be good role models and corporate citizens to each other. Donors are asked to share good deed stories and challenge a friend.

"I am challenging companies, my followers, friends, colleges, professional athletes and others to give back. Making someone's life better is what every person should try to do...like a pay it forward model. My family was supported by the community. I'm keeping it going. Being able to transform a life is really priceless," says Warrick Dunn, Founder of Warrick Dunn Charities. The #28challenge has gained support by local and national celebrities and companies.

Donors will be randomly selected to receive incentives for their giving. The #28challenge will end at midnight on October 16, 2014.
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About Warrick Dunn Charities
Warrick Dunn Charities enriches families' lives academically, economically and socially. Homes for the Holidays is dedicated to providing opportunities for economically-disadvantaged single parents and children who have demonstrated a commitment to achieve financial independence and stability. Since 1997, the Homes for the Holidays program has rewarded 139 single parents and 381 children and dependents who have reached the American Dream of first-time homeownership in Atlanta, GA, Baltimore, MD, Baton Rouge, LA, Coolidge, AR, Dallas, TX, Jacksonville, FL, New Orleans, LA, Tallahassee and Tampa, FL. Betty's Hope, A Children's Bereavement program provides students aged 5-18 with a safe and responsive environment for them to heal and enhance their quality of life after experiencing a loss. For more information, visit http://www.wdc.org.

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