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Kurt & Brenda Warner

“It’s so hard for people to understand that it’s not about going to the Pro Bowl or winning an MVP award. It’s about trying to impact the people around you.”

Kurt and Brenda Warner have a game plan for life. It’s based on putting faith and family first, and it’s brought them from rags to riches. Now the former NFL star and his wife are giving back through their foundation First Things First. Their projects include Baskets of Hope, which delivers baskets of stuffed animals, toys, Bibles, and music to seriously ill children; Home for the Holidays, which surprises single-parent, first-time home owners with complete furnishings for their new homes; and We’re Going to Disney World, an all-expenses-paid trip for terminally ill children and their families. They feel for these families because they’ve faced struggles of their own. Brenda’s first child is brain damaged and she was once a struggling single mom. Kurt was the quarterback no one wanted until an amazing turnaround in his career. But he knows God doesn’t really care who wins a game. “It’s so hard for people to understand,” he says, “that it’s not about going to the Pro Bowl or winning an MVP award. It’s about trying to impact the people around you.”