06 Oct 2010

Warrick Dunn ’93 Visits Catholic High Campus and Students

Catholic High graduate Warrick Dunn returned to campus today to speak to students about his book, Running for My Life.  Dunní´s book, which tells his story of losing his mother as a senior in high school and how he dealt with her death and later honored her memory, was a required summer read for CHS students and faculty.  He spoke during a school-wide assembly where students were given the opportunity to ask questions regarding his book.

In his speech, Warrick shared how tragedy brought an opportunity for him to make a positive impact on his community.  He created his Homes for the Holidays program that allowed families to be first-time homeowners, which was one of his mother’s dreams.  Warrick expressed to students how a tragedy can be turned into something positive and emphasized the importance of forgiveness which allowed him to take control of his own life.

While on campus, Dunn visited classes throughout the morning speaking to teachers and students.  Following the assembly, he stayed to continue greeting students, answering questions, taking pictures and signing books.

Dunn graduated from Catholic High in 1993 and went on to play collegiate football at Florida State and professional football for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons.  He started the Homes for the Holidays program in 1997 to honor his late motherí´s dream of home ownership.  Catholic High students have had the opportunity to participate in building some of the homes for Dunní´s Homes for the Holidays program.  In December, Dunn will help his 100th family receive a new home.

In 2005, Dunn received the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, the only NFL Award that recognizes a player for his community service as well as for excellence on the field.  In December 2010, Dunn will receive another honor, the Heisman Humanitarian Award, in recognition for his service to his community and to improving the lives of others.