An honor to be joined by former NFL All-Pro running back, Warrick Dunn, this week on “Tech of Sports.”
We all know what Warrick has done on and off the football field, but I talk with the former NFL-er at the PGA Tour Championship as he was a judge in the FedEx Junior Business Challenge. Think of this as a part 2 this week to the previous “TOS” with Rosa Santos.
Dunn is involved in many different business interests, so he was the perfect person to judge and give advice to these young competitors and entrepreneurs.
Dunn started Homes for the Holidays in 1997 during his rookie year with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The program is a tribute to his mother, Betty Smothers, a Baton Rouge police officer, who as a single-mother of six, worked tirelessly to achieve the American dream of owning her own home.
While working a second job as a security guard, she was ambushed and killed. Ms. Betty was never able to realize her dream.
Warrick Dunn, former all-pro running back and philanthropist, began Homes for the Holidays during his rookie season in the NFL to honor his late mother, Betty Smothers.
Since 1997, thousands of children and families have benefited from programs activated by NFL great Warrick Dunn.
Junior Achievement students from across North America pitched original business concepts for the chance to generate a $75,000 donation from FedEx at the 2018 TOUR Championship.
One of the competitors, from Jacksonville, FL, was high school student, Rosa Santos. Santos and her team’s goal is to provide fresh fruit cups to the students at her high school as a replacement for unhealthy snacks. Santos and her Tropical Wave team won her regional and presented in Atlanta.
Tropical Wave provides an affordable healthier snack alternative during and after school. Wolfpack’s Tropical Wave’s goal is to encourage students to choose a better snack to nourish a healthy mind and body.
Although they didn’t win first prize, their presentation was impressive and it was good to hear that athletes at her school are some of their best customers.
On Wednesday, September 19, the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club hosted the second-annual FedEx Junior Business Challenge finals.
At the event, Junior Achievement (JA) students from across North America presented original business ideas to a panel of judges for the chance to generate a $75,000 donation from FedEx to their local JA chapter. The panel judge will be headlined by 3x Pro Bowler and Atlanta Falcons Ring of Honor member Warrick Dunn and 3x PGA TOUR tournament winner Marc Leishman.
In conjunction with the PGA TOUR, the FedEx Junior Business Challenge is a collaboration between FedEx and JA Worldwide to help empower the next generation of entrepreneurs. This season, qualifying events have been hosted at: the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, THE PLAYERS Championship, the RBC Canadian Open and the Dell Technologies Championship. One student group from each of the four qualifying events have advanced to present at the finals.Judging Panel:
⦁ Warrick Dunn – 3x Pro Bowler and Atlanta Falcons Ring of Honor member
⦁ Marc Leishman – 3x PGA TOUR tournament winner
⦁ David Cunningham – President and chief executive officer of FedEx Express
⦁ Ryan Lane – Owner of Dream Beard and FedEx Small Business Grant Recipient
Participating JA Chapters:
⦁ JA of Central Texas (WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play winner)
⦁ JA of North Florida (THE PLAYERS Championship winner)
⦁ JA of Central Ontario (RBC Canadian Open winner)
⦁ JA of Northern New England (Dell Technologies Championship winner)
Since 1996, FedEx has donated more than $14 million to JA Worldwide in support of the small businesses and entrepreneurs of tomorrow.
Launched in 2017, the FedEx Junior Business Challenge is currently in its second season. It is part of the FedEx Cares global giving initiative, in which FedEx is investing $200 million in over 200 global communities around the world by 2020.