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Meet Me in St. Louis

Kurt, Brenda and their kids flew to St. Louis for a special reunion with Make-A-Wish and Dream Factory families from Missouri, Illinois and Iowa who participated in the “We’re Going to Disney World!” trip. Families spanning from the first trip in 2002 all the way to last year’s trip met at St. Louis Family Church to enjoy games, food, bounce houses and most importantly an opportunity to catch up and share stories. Special thanks to St. Louis Family Church, Jason’s Deli, Smoothie King and Images by Lori for their help in making the event possible! Click here to see more photos on Kurt’s Facebook page.

 
 

12th Annual “We’re Going to Disney World!” trip brings 100th family

Ten Make-A-Wish families from Arizona (5), Missouri (3), Illinois (1), and Iowa (1) joined the Warner family for a week of fun in Orlando, bringing the 12th year total number of families to 105! "For Those Without a Voice" once again joined the team as a generous supporter covering the families’ transportation. Each family received their own villa at Give Kids the World, a non-profit resort for children facing life threatening illnesses, including endless activity options, free meals, and ice cream served all day. The group explored each of Disney World’s theme parks, enjoyed conversation over meals, participated in a praise and worship service, and parents were able to share their stories during a special meeting with Kurt and Brenda. For more info and photos visit Kurt’s Facebook page here.

 
 

Be Kurt’s Shadow…Raffle tickets just $2!

Kurt is raffling off the unique opportunity for one gridiron fan and a guest to be his shadow for the Thursday Night Football game Sept. 26 featuring the NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers vs. St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. The winner and a guest will join him on the field for a behind-the-scenes look at the pre-game, halftime and post-game show on NFL Network with Rich Eisen, Michael Irvin, Marshall Faulk and Warren Sapp. In addition, the duo will watch the game from a suite with Kurt! The package also includes roundtrip airfare for two OR a $150 Visa gift card (if winner resides less than 100 miles from St. Louis), a two-night stay at the Lumière Place with dinner for two at the Stadium Sports Bar and Grill, and luxury airport transport from JED CCL (if needed). In addition, the winner will also receive two infield Field Box tickets to MLB rival Cubs vs. Cardinals game on Friday, Sept. 27! Raffle tickets are $2 each with minimum purchase of five tickets with all proceeds benefitting First Things First. Click here to purchase tickets before the raffle ends on Thursday, Sept. 12 at 11 a.m. ET.

 
 

Join Kurt for the 3rd annual “Kurt Warner’s Gridiron Survivor”

*Win a chance at an autographed jersey & phone call from Kurt while supporting First Things First!*
“Kurt Warner’s Gridiron Survivor” is an online competition for the 2013 NFL season for the benefit of the Kurt Warner First Things First Foundation. Each week participants attempt to pick the winner of one professional football game in the hopes of outlasting the competition including Kurt Warner. This year’s format follows the true Survivor rules of “one and done” so pick carefully! The winner will score an autographed Kurt Warner jersey, as well as a personal phone call from Kurt. To be part of this season-long competition, simply make a minimum $20 donation to the Kurt Warner First Things First Foundation here. Designate your donation to “Survivor FB.” 100% of your donation is tax deductible as a charitable contribution and will support the outreach of First Things First. Click here for more details.

 
 

“Uniting” with Cedar Rapids Youth to Build & Dedicate Homes

Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity and local area youth welcome special guest workers Kurt and Brenda Warner as they raised the walls on one home and dedicated another as part of the inaugural Youth United program made possible through $125,000 in grant funding pledged by First Things First at the end of 2011. The Warners and First Things First have been involved with Cedar Valley Habitat since 2009 in response to the flood of 2008 which devastated Kurt’s hometown of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Since then First Things First has helped generate nearly $1,000,000 in financial support for Cedar Valley Habitat and its families. In addition to financial support, Kurt and Brenda have made several visits since 2009 donning hard hats and construction gloves to swing hammers and work miter saws to be part of the wall raising on several of the homes the foundation has funded.

 
 

A Special Family Reunion

Twenty-two families who took part in the annual “We’re Going to Disney World” trip since 2006 gathered in Scottsdale for a special reunion with First Things First hosted by the Warner family. Everyone enjoyed swimming, ping pong, air hockey, basketball and more as they reminisced and reconnected. Special thanks to Carrabbas Italian Grill for providing a delicious dinner and Sandey Tenudo for capturing the event with photos. Check Kurt’s Facebook page for more pictures from the fun evening. First Things First is hosting another reunion for the Midwest Make-A-Wish/Dream Factory families in St. Louis this summer. In addition, First Things First and the Warners head to Orlando in June for the 12th annual Disney trip!

 
 

Big Funds Raised in 10th Annual Event

The Ultimate Football Experience presented by Amway’s Nutrilite brand raised nearly $270,000 for First Things First! Gridiron warriors from Amway (4 teams), Prosource, Remo Tulliani Gear for Men, and PetRays along with individual players who formed teams of eight took to the field with NFL players of the past and present including: Anquan Boldin, Andy Dalton, Larry Fitzgerald, Joe Flacco, Michael Irvin, Greg Jennings, Brad Johnson, Brock Osweiler, Terrelle Pryor, Brandon Weeden, Steve Young and of course Kurt Warner. Ultimately Steve Young and PetRays proved victorious over Joe Flacco and last year’s winners, First Things First, to win the Championship. Click here to view the event program with full details on this unique two-day event. Click here to view a highlight video of the weekend’s activities.

 
 

Generous Group in Florida Inspired by Homes for the Holidays

Last November Brenda shared her story at a Bonita Christian Forum meeting hosted by First Presbyterian Church in Bonita Springs, Florida. A group of Canadian snowbirds in attendance that night was touched by Brenda’s stories of blessings shared through Homes for the Holidays and decided to surprise a single mom in their area. With support from Aaron’s, the group went above and beyond to ensure a hard-working mom and her three children would have everything they need for a fresh start in their new Habitat for Humanity home which closed in March! First Things First would like to thank this amazing group of “snowbirds” for reminding us all that following His promptings leads to amazing blessings.

 
 

#13 on Hand for 13th Homes for the Holidays in St. Louis on February 13, 2013

Tears, screams of excitement, stunned moments of silence, and hugs all around were the responses of two deserving families in St. Charles who knew they were closing on their Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County homes but were not expecting Kurt and Brenda on their doorsteps. In partnership with Aaron’s, U-Haul, and Amway, the families were the 12th & 13th families in greater St. Louis to be surprised with Homes for the Holidays. Aaron’s provided both families with furniture, mattress sets, computer, and washer & dryer. Amway provided kitchen supplies, cleaning supplies, and air purification systems. First Things First together with support from U-Haul filled the homes with bedding, bath, and décor items along with groceries.

 
 

Join the 3rd annual "Kurt Warner's Bracket Hoop-la"

*Win a chance at some cool autographed stuff and support First Things First!*

"Kurt Warner's Bracket Hoop-la" is an online college hoops bracket competition for the NCAA basketball tournament for the benefit of the Kurt Warner First Things Foundation. The winner will score an autographed Kurt Warner jersey, as well as a personal phone call from Kurt. Second and third place will receive a football autographed by Kurt Warner and a Super Bowl photo autographed by Kurt Warner, respectively.

To be part of this competition, simply make an online donation to the Kurt Warner First Things First Foundation here. 100% of your donation is tax deductible as a charitable contribution and will support the outreach of First Things First. A $10 donation allows you to complete ONE bracket. A $25 donation allows you to complete up to THREE brackets. Click here for a printable version of all of the details.

 
 

Incredible Youth: Spring Breaks Serving Others

Through Mission: Possible! Scholarships, First Things First is honored to assist 20 groups of youth from across the country with funding for their service-based mission trips in the United States. The groups will be serving food in homeless shelters, building homes, running after-school programs for at-risk youth, doing repair work, assisting elderly in need, and more, all while sharing the love of Christ. The deadline to submit applications for funding for summer mission trips is April 1. Click here for more info.

 
 

Play with the Pros at the Ultimate Football Experience Presented by Amway’s Nutrilite brand

Don’t just play fantasy football, live it! Play alongside some of your favorite NFL players as you catch touchdown passes and change the course of a game with an interception. The Kurt Warner Ultimate Football Experience Presented by Amway’s Nutrilite brand gives football fans the opportunity to take to the field with NFL stars of the past and present. Previous NFL celebrities who quarterbacked eight-man teams for this annual flag football tournament include Aaron Rodgers, Joe Flacco, Steve Young, Matt Ryan and of course Kurt Warner among others. The 10th annual event will take place in Phoenix, AZ on March 8 & 9, 2013. Click here for more information and call 602-385-0840 to reserve your spot or team today!

 
 

Thank You St. Louis!

A special thanks to the greater St. Louis bi-state area for sharing a little warmth this winter with your support of the 12th annual Warners’ Warm-up Coat Drive! Our friends at Operation Food Search are in the process of distributing the bulk of the 15,000+ coats collected to their network of social service agencies, homeless shelters, and social workers in the schools. In addition, monetary donations are being used to purchase new Columbia coats. Special thanks to our Warners’ Warm-up teammates: FedEx Office, Walgreens, LookAfter Hair Company, credit unions, police stations, A-mrazek Moving Systems, MESI, KMOV, KMOX, Y98, Fresh 102.5, and American Cleaners.

 
 

Giving Reasons to “Da Gracias!” (Give Thanks!)

As soon as she opened the front door to the new Habitat home she worked hard to buy for her three daughters, Alma began to cry. With only one step inside, she understood why this former football player and his wife were at her home and it moved her to tears of thanksgiving. In collaboration with Aaron’s Rents, U-Haul and Amway, First Things First and the Warners transformed Alma’s empty house purchased from Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona into a completely furnished home - including turkey in the freezer – just in time for Thanksgiving! “Gracias” was the word that repeatedly tumbled from Alma’s mouth as her three girls ages 16, 13 and 11 ran from room to room squealing with delight. Alma and her girls are the 27th family blessed by the First Things First Homes for the Holidays program and the 11th in Arizona. In addition to national partners Aaron’s, U-Haul and Amway, special thanks to Albertson's for filling the cupboards and fridge and the Pedal Power Foundation for providing new bikes for the three girls. Click here to view additional photos on Kurt’s Facebook page.

 
 

Enjoy 13% Off the FTF Store Now til Dec. 18

As you begin to make those lists and check them twice, don’t forget to check out the First Things First store for an array of t-shirts, hats, books and more for the Warner fan in your life. From now until Dec. 18, you will receive a 13% discount applied during checkout and your gifts are guaranteed to arrive in time for Christmas. All prices include shipping and handling. But act fast! All items are only available while supplies last.

 
 

Sharing Blessings at Thanksgiving

First Things First shared God’s love with organizations in Phoenix, St. Louis and Cedar Rapids for its annual Thanksgiving adoptions. Clients served by Phoenix Rescue Mission and The Changing Lives Center in Phoenix received a warm meal and a Bible to provide both physical and spiritual nourishment. Operation Food Search in St. Louis distributed 300 turkeys and Bibles to its network of social service agencies. Green Square Meals in Cedar Rapids received new tables, chairs and slow cookers to better serve its clients not only this Thanksgiving but for all of its future meals.
 
 

Dec. 1 Deadline: Service-Based Mission Trip Scholarship for Youth Groups

Youth groups organizing a service-based mission trip for spring break 2013 to benefit a community in the United States are encouraged to apply for a Mission: Possible scholarship by clicking here. Scholarships of up to $1,000 will be awarded to groups of junior, high school and college students traveling together. The deadline for applications is Dec. 1, 2012 and groups will be notified by Feb. 1, 2013. Deadline for summer mission trips is April 1.
 
 

Donate Winter Coats Nov. 1-14 for 12th Annual Warners' Warm-up Coat Drive!

First Things First and Kurt & Brenda are calling on support from greater St. Louis for the 12th annual Warners' Warm-up Coat Drive with the donation of winter coats of all shapes nd sizes for Bi-State residents in need. With more than 300 drop-off locations throughout the Bi-State, residents should find it convenient to donate new and gently-used winter coats from November 1st – 14th.As always, Operation Food Search will get the coats to those who need them most through their network of social service agencies, homeless shelters, and social workers in the schools. Special thanks to our Warners’ Warm-up teammates: FedEx Office, Walgreens, LookAfter Hair Company, St. Louis Rams, A-Mrazek Moving Systems, MESI, KMOV-TV, KMOX, Y98, Fresh 102.5, and participating credit unions, police stations, and American Cleaners.
 
 

Join the Warners’ Warm-up Team

First Things First is grateful to the businesses, schools, churches, and other organizations across the Bi-State that join the Warners’ Warm-up team and collect winter coats for their neighbors in need. Hosting a drive is a simple way to make a difference in the community. The official drive takes place from Nov. 1 – 14 but each host can alter their dates if desired. Following the drive, Operation Food Search will get the coats to those who need them most.
 
 

Warner’s Back Under the Arch to Raise Funds for FTF

Corporations and individuals in St. Louis once again showed their support for First Things First at the fourth annual Kurt Warner First Things First Golf Classic at Norwood Hills Country Club. Despite the rain and unseasonably cold weather, the golfers managed to get several holes in and enjoyed quality time with the Warners during an expanded Q&A time (indoors of course!) Special thanks to Edward Jones, St. Louis Rams, FedEx Office, and 101 ESPN Radio. Additional funds were also raised through an expanded Silent Auction open for bidding by anyone, anywhere in the country. Prior to the day on the links, the Warners hosted fans in two private suites at the Edward Jones Dome for the Rams/Cardinals match-up. In total, over $61,000 was raised for First Things First!!
 
 

Golf Classic Auction for ANYONE

This year the Kurt Warner First Things First Golf Classic Auction is open for bidding by ANYONE, ANYWHERE in the United States. The auction is open now and will close at the Golf Classic this Friday at 2:30 p.m. CT. It’s easy to bid on items like a Michael Irvin helmet, a Matt Holliday game-used bat, an Alice Cooper signed Fender guitar, plenty of unique Kurt Warner autographed items, and much more! Follow these easy steps:

  1. Go to kurtwarner.auction-bid.org to sign up using your name and cell phone number
  2. Place bids on your favorite items via smartphone or text
  3. Receive text message notifications regarding your bidding status and whether or not you won the item
Within three hours of the close of the auction, a First Things First representative will call you to receive payment for the item and shipping costs. Stock up on unique gifts for Christmas and feel good knowing 100% of the proceeds will benefit First Things First!

NOTE: Your cell phone number will NOT be shared. Text messages will only be received regarding the First Things First auction. To ensure final bids are received before the 2:30 p.m. CT cut off, we recommend texting at least a few minutes prior to close. Final bids are for the item only. Shipping will be at the winner’s expense with their preferred method of secure shipment. Monday, Oct. 8 is the first available date for items to be shipped.

 
 

Register for the 4th Annual Kurt Warner First Things First Golf Classic in St. Louis

Kurt and Brenda will host the 4th annual Kurt Warner First Things First Golf Classic on Friday, October 5 at Norwood Hills Country Club. Individual playing spots, foursomes and other sponsorships are available for this annual event that raises funds for the St. Louis outreach of First Things First. Click here for more information on the event and to sign up today.

 
 

Join Kurt for the 2nd annual “Kurt Warner’s Gridiron Survivor”

*Win a chance at an autographed jersey & phone call from Kurt while supporting First Things First!*
“Kurt Warner’s Gridiron Survivor” is an online competition for the 2012 NFL season for the benefit of the Kurt Warner First Things First Foundation. Each week participants attempt to pick the winner of one professional football game in the hopes of outlasting the competition including Kurt Warner. The winner will score an autographed Kurt Warner jersey, as well as a personal phone call from Kurt. To be part of this season-long competition, simply make a minimum $20 donation to the Kurt Warner First Things First Foundation here. Designate your donation to “Survivor FB.” 100% of your donation is tax deductible as a charitable contribution and will support the outreach of First Things First. Click here for more details.

 
 

Disney 2012 Trip Making Memories with new Friends

Kurt, Brenda and their seven “dwarfs” recently hosted 10 Make A Wish families from Missouri (3), Arizona (5) and Iowa (2) for the 11th annual “We’re Going to Disney World!” Trip – a week-long vacation in Orlando, FL in partnership with Disney, Give Kids the World and For Those Without a Voice. The trip began with a welcome dinner and fireworks at Epcot, followed by adventures through Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney Quest, a pool party at Give Kids the World, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and finally the Magic Kingdom for the group of 70+! Rides, shows, meals, and prayer were the background as families and children bonded creating memories and friends to last a lifetime! Special thanks to Disney, Make A Wish, For Those Without a Voice, and Give Kids the World for teaming with us year after year to make the magic happen for these wonderful families! Prayers requested for the 2012 Wish Kids and their families: Andrew, Emmanuel, Kate, Laci, Micah, Q, Kyson, Michael, Cole, and Zachary. To view a photo album from the trip, please visit Kurt’s facebook page here.

 
 

Thoughtful Gifts That Support Two Causes at One Time

First Things First is partnering with Rosemary Grove to help empower the global poor through the fair trade industry. Rosemary Grove offers eco-friendly products made from recycled and reused materials. Products include global art, culturally inspired jewelry, unique home décor, and more. Gifts purchased will make you feel good about giving as you help create sustainable lives for those born into unfortunate circumstances, AND 10% of purchases made by clicking on this shopping link will benefit First Things First.

 

Record high on Mission: Possible!

First Things First received a record number of Mission: Possible! Scholarship applications in 2012 from high school and college-age groups participating in service-based mission trips in the US. The foundation is proud to announce scholarships totaling $52,450 for 76 of those groups. As the teams embark on their journeys this month and throughout the summer months, please pray for those participating as well as the individuals they are hoping to impact. Watch this website in the months to come for changes in the 2013 Mission: Possible! Scholarship program including two grant cycles.

 
 

UFE2012 Hits Ultimate Mark of $300K+

On a gorgeous Arizona day on the fields at the Arizona Cardinals, 12 teams suited up for a four-on-four flag football faceoff with NFL stars of past, present and future at the ninth annual Ultimate Football Experience presented by Nutrilite resulting in more than $300,000 for First Things First! Prior to the football fun, the teams competed at Octane Raceway in go-karts, Segways and the X-Box Kinect Dance Central to pick from a star-studded line-up of celeb QBs (see picture) at the Draft Party & Auction. As the dust settled following the football tournament, the host Kurt Warner and his team of individual players with the appropriate team name First Things First” proved victorious in the Championship game over Brad Johnson and the Prosource Team. Special thanks to presenting sponsor Nutrilite and their four teams (Nutrilite, Amway, Perfect Pack and Double X), as well as other corporate teams: AZ Cardinals, XS Energy, and Prosource. For more photos and video from the event, visit facebook.com/kurt13warner.

 
 

Kurt to Host New Reality Show “The Moment” on USA Network

The USA Network announced on Jan. 25 that it has picked up the nine-episode reality series “The Moment,” in which the two-time NFL and Super Bowl MVP will give people a second chance to return to abandoned careers. Kurt knows a thing or two about second chances: famously going from stocking shelves at a Hy-Vee in Iowa to Super Bowl stage. Click here for full story.

 
 

Join the 2nd annual "Kurt Warner's Bracket Hoop-la"

*Win a chance at some cool autographed stuff and support First Things First!*

"Kurt Warner's Bracket Hoop-la" is an online college hoops bracket competition for the NCAA basketball tournament for the benefit of the Kurt Warner First Things Foundation. The winner will score an autographed Kurt Warner Super Bowl jersey, as well as a personal phone call from Kurt. Second and third place will receive a football autographed by Kurt Warner and a Super Bowl photo autographed by Kurt Warner, respectively.

To be part of this competition, simply make an online donation to the Kurt Warner First Things First Foundation here. 100% of your donation is tax deductible as a charitable contribution and will support the outreach of First Things First. A $10 donation allows you to complete ONE bracket. A $25 donation allows you to complete up to THREE brackets. Click here for a printable version of all of the details.

 
 

"Homes for the Holidays" Brings Smiles & Happy Tears

Two single mothers and first-time homeowners received the surprise of their lives at the dedication of their new homes when, with help from corporate teammates Aaron’s, U-Haul, Amway, R&S Mattresses, Albertson’s, and Pedal Power, First Things First transformed their new houses into homes for the young families, just in time for Christmas. Marianna and Alina (2) Hernandez, and Diana, Daniella (11) and Brian (9) Espinoza in Phoenix and Surprise, AZ respectively, entered their homes to find them completely furnished with furniture, towels, linens, cleaning supplies, food, even a Christmas tree with presents and a bike for each kid! Additional thanks to Habitat for Humanity of Central Arizona and Neighborhood Housing Services of Southwest Maricopa County. See more photos on Kurt’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/kurtwarner.

 
 

Arête and Operation Christmas Child

Kurt and Brenda joined the Arête kids for a special project to teach the mentees about the importance of budgeting and of giving back to those less fortunate. The activity started at Sunshine Acres with a discussion about the importance of budgeting from a First Things First friend from Chase Bank. Then, the kids traveled courtesy of NY 54 Limo to meet the Warners to work within a set budget to purchase school supplies, toys, hygiene items, small gifts and a personal letter to fill empty shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. OCC has hand-delivered more than 86 million shoe box gifts since 1993 to needy children in more than 130 countries around the world! Nov 14-21 is National Collection Week and with thousands of drop-off locations around the US, it’s easy to participate. To find out more go to samaritanspurse.org/occ.

 
 

Thank You Gridiron Survivors

The first annual Kurt Warner Gridiron Survivor Pool raised nearly $3,000 for First Things First as football fans picked one NFL team to win each week, without picking the same team more than once. John from Florida outlasted everyone, including Kurt, and will receive the grand prize autographed Super Bowl XXXIV Rams jersey and a congratulatory phone call from Kurt. In March, First Things First will host the second annual Kurt Warner Bracket Hoop-la where fans can continue the friendly competition with Kurt during the excitement of the NCAA basketball tournament, all the while supporting the outreach of First Things First.

 
 

Join Kurt Warner for the 1st annual “Kurt Warner’s Gridiron Playoff Pool”

*Win a chance at an autographed Kurt Warner worn glove & 15 minute Skype video call with Kurt while supporting First Things First!*
“Kurt Warner’s Gridiron Playoff Pool” is an online NFL playoff bracket competition for the benefit of the Kurt Warner First Things Foundation. The winner will score an autographed glove worn by the “gloved-one” himself - Kurt Warner, as well as a personal Skype video call with Kurt. To be part of this competition, simply make a minimum $20 donation to the Kurt Warner First Things First Foundation and fill out an online bracket. All donations must be made before
2 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jan 7. For more information and scoring rules click here.

 
 

Thank You St. Louis for Supporting the Warm-Up

A special thanks to the greater St. Louis bi-state area for sharing a little warmth this winter with your support of the 11th annual Warners’ Warm-up Coat Drive! Our friends at Operation Food Search are now busy counting and sorting the collected coats for distribution through their network of social service agencies, homeless shelters, and social workers in the schools. In addition, the money collected at the Rams-Saints game ($3,100+) purchased 264 coats from Columbia Coats for children in Joplin, Mo. Special thanks to our Warners’ Warm-up teammates: FedEx Office, Walgreens, LookAfter Hair Company, credit unions, police stations, A-mrazek Moving Systems, MESI, Fox 2, WB11, KMOX, Y98, Fresh 102.5, American Cleaners, and the St. Louis Rams.

 
 

Enhanced “Kurt Warner’s Football 101 for Kids” App Now in iTunes

From now through the end of the NFL season, Kurt is offering a free download of his expanded and enhanced HD version of Football 101 for Kids, designed to teach youngsters and any "gridiron novice" the basics of the game. Now available for the iPad, iPhones, iPods and new Retina displays, the touch-screen interactive format takes learning the how’s and why's about football to a higher, more exciting level and gives young fans the opportunity to win virtual trophies as they master the basics!

With capability to save scores for up to four people, Football 101 users will learn to identify players and positions, read the field, move the ball, calculate downs, and add up the scores. With two levels of difficulty, both young and old can participate and be challenged. Timed lightning rounds and new bonus rounds with expanded material test each user's skills. Click here to download today!

 
 

Sign Up Today for the Ultimate Football Experience Presented by Nutrilite

With the return of the NFL season, each week fans all across the country watch their favorite players make diving receptions, catch passes on the run, and change the course of a game with an interception. The Kurt Warner Ultimate Football Experience Presented by Nutrilite gives football fans the opportunity to make those amazing plays themselves as they take to the field with NFL stars of the past and present. Previous NFL celebrities who quarterbacked 8 man teams for this annual flag football tournament include Aaron Rodgers, Joe Flacco, Phil Simms, Matt Ryan, and of course Kurt Warner among others. The ninth annual event will take place in Phoenix, AZ on March 9 & 10, 2012. Click here for more information and to reserve your spot or team today!

 
 

11th Annual Warners’ Warm-up Coat Drive

Once again, we are calling on support from greater St. Louis for the 11th annual Warners’ Warm-up Coat Drive with the donation of winter coats of all shapes and sizes for Bi-State residents in need. Numerous options for donating include: prior to the Rams/Saints game on October 30 at the Dome, one of nearly 300 locations throughout the Bi-State from November 1st – 14th, or cash contributions on this website for the purchase of new coats. As always, Operation Food Search will get the coats to those who need them most through their network of social service agencies, homeless shelters, and social workers in the schools. Special thanks to our Warners’ Warm-up teammates: FedEx Office, Walgreens, LookAfter Hair Company, credit unions, police stations, A-mrazek Moving Systems, MESI, Fox 2, WB11, KMOX, Y98, Fresh 102.5, American Cleaners, and the St. Louis Rams.

 
 

Brenda Releasing Memoir with Portion of Proceeds to FTF

Brenda’s memoir, One Call Away: Answering Life’s Challenges with Unshakable Faith (Thomas Nelson) which hits shelves on September 6, details her stranger-than-fiction life circumstances both before and during her marriage to Kurt. In One Call Away, Brenda offers real-life advice to single moms, parents of children with special needs, people who are grieving unexpected deaths, and others struggling in the face of difficult circumstances.

“In my life I went from being a Marine, living with honor, courage and integrity, to being in line with food stamps, still living with honor, courage and integrity,” said Brenda. “I would like the reader to know that circumstances don’t determine who you are, and they are not a measure of God’s love for you.”

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of One Call Away will benefit First Things First.

 
 

Double Header Events Raise Funds in St. Louis

On Sunday, August 28, approximately 550 people enjoyed Night With Champions presented by Edward Jones at The Pageant in the Loop. The evening began with tastes from Pappy’s, Cardwell’s at the Plaza, Fitz’s, Dewey’s Pizza, Stadium Sports Bar & Grill, Sugo’s and The Renaissance Grand. Guests also bid on a wide array of sports memorabilia and entertainment packages in the silent auction. Joe Buck emceed the evening of football insight, personal stories, and many laughs with Kurt, Brenda, and Sam Bradford. The next morning golfers enjoyed a gorgeous day on the links at Norwood Hills Country Club with food and beverage from Chick-fil-A, Auntie Anne’s, Smoothie King, Pepsi and Anheuser Busch. Special thanks to FedEx Office, Nutrilite by Amway, NFL, and the St. Louis Rams for supporting the third annual events which raised over $92,000 for First Things First!

 
 

"We're Going to Disney World!" Reunion in St. Louis

On a very hot July day in St. Louis, the Warner Family and "We're Going to Disney World!" alumni families from the past nine years were happy to play indoors in the youth center of St. Louis Family Church. It was a fun afternoon of video games, basketball, bounce houses, food, music and catching up with Make-A-Wish and Dream Factory families from Missouri, Illinois, and Iowa. First Things First hosts reunions with the families every two years to give the families an opportunity to reconnect with each other and the Warner clan.

 
 

Arête Mentor Kids Help Feed My Starving Children

Kurt and Brenda have dedicated their lives to giving back and that's exactly what they wanted their new Arête friends to do during their June activity. The mentees from Sunshine Acres joined Kurt and Brenda at the Tempe location of Feed My Starving Children for an afternoon of packing food to be distributed to malnourished children all over the world. After some friendly competition between Brenda's line and Kurt's line, the group proudly packed 22 boxes – enough to feed 13 starving kids for an entire year! Once again, thanks to NY 54 Limo for providing car service for the Arete mentees.

 
 

Join Kurt Warner for the 1st annual “Kurt Warner’s Gridiron Survivor"

*Win a chance at an autographed jersey & phone call from Kurt while supporting First Things First!*

“Kurt Warner’s Gridiron Survivor” is an online competition for the 2011 NFL season for the benefit of the Kurt Warner First Things Foundation. Each week participants attempt to pick the winner of one professional football game. Win and “survive” to pick again the next week. The winner will score an autographed Kurt Warner Super Bowl jersey, as well as a personal phone call from Kurt. To be part of this season-long competition, simply make a minimum $20 donation to the Kurt Warner First Things First Foundation here. Designate your donation to “Survivor FB.” 100% of your donation is tax deductible as a charitable contribution and will support the outreach of First Things First.

Click here for more details.

 
 

Foursomes and Sponsorships Now Available for Third Annual Golf Classic in St. Louis

Join Kurt and Brenda Warner at Norwood Hills Country Club in St. Louis for the third annual Kurt Warner Golf Classic on Monday, August 29. Prior to the morning on the links, golfers will enjoy premiere seating at Night With Champions presented by Edward Jones at The Pageant on Sunday, August 28 with Special Guest Sam Bradford. The third annual event will be held at Norwood Hills Country Club on Monday, August 29, 2011. Call 602-385-0840 to purchase a foursome or other sponsorship. Click here for more information on the Golf Classic and to reserve your spot today!

 
 

Tickets to Night with Champions presented by Edward Jones On Sale Now!

Prior to their annual Golf Classic, Kurt and Brenda are proud to host Rams QB and 2010 NFL Rookie of the Year Sam Bradford, with celebrity emcee Joe Buck for the third annual Night with Champions presented by Edward Jones on Sunday, August 28th at The Pageant. Tickets are now on sale thru Ticketmaster or The Pageant Box Office with two tiers of tickets of available. $51 for floor seating includes the Bon Appetit Fare and Auction featuring delicious samples from some of St. Louis' favorite restaurants: Pappy's, Gooey Louie, Cardwells at the Plaza, Fitz's, Dewey's Pizza and more! $31 for balcony seating for the show portion only. All proceeds benefit the St. Louis outreach of First Things First. Click here for more information. Click here to purchase your seats today via Ticketmaster.

 
 

“We’re Going to Disney World!” 10th Annual Trip

Through First Things First, Kurt and Brenda along with their kids hosted 10 Make-A-Wish families in Orlando for the 10th annual trip that creates memories and friendships to last a lifetime. Five families from Arizona, three from St. Louis, and two from Iowa enjoyed a weeklong vacation at Disney World with luxury accommodations at Give Kids the World, a fairytale non-profit resort. Special thanks to For Those Without A Voice who provided a grant for everyone’s flights. The Warner’s and the Wish families spent each day together, exploring the theme parks and socializing over meals. Over the past ten years, First Things First has hosted 85 families for this annual trip!!

 
 

“We’re Going to Disney World!” Reunion in Phoenix

On Saturday, June 4, the Warner family gathered with 2006-2010 “We’re Going to Disney World!” alumni from Arizona for an evening of reminiscing. Thanks to the generosity of a special family, the reunion was hosted at a private home in Litchfield Park complete with swimming pool, playground equipment, basketball court, sand volleyball, trampoline, petting zoo and more! Carrabba’s Italian Grill generously provided dinner for the big group.

 
 

Warners Return to Cedar Rapids to Complete Home Challenge

Kurt and Brenda returned to Kurt’s hometown to join Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity and dozens of volunteers and partner organizations to raise walls on a new home in the profoundly flood affected Czech Village area. This home marked the 100th home built or rehabilitated by CVHFH since its start in 1988. First Things First made a $100,000 gift to help complete two Habitat homes in 2010 and challenged Cedar Rapids organizations to match their gift in 2011. The community responded by raising $101,600, making it possible to build this Habitat home right in the heart of the hardest hit part of the city from the Flood of 2008. Corporate and community partners who met and exceeded the First Things First Challenge include Wells Fargo, the Cedar Rapids Area Association of REALTORS, CRST, Quaker Oats/Pepsico, Beaton Inc., Farmers State Bank, Van Meter Industrial and the Linn County Board of Supervisors Witwer Trust. Special support for this building project was also provided by the City of Cedar Rapids.

 
 

Arête Fun Gets Started with Paintball

First Things First launched a new program last month called Arête, the Greek word for excellence. Through monthly activities, Kurt and Brenda are mentoring eight high schoolers from Sunshine Acres. After an initial dinner in April at Carrabba's Italian Grill to kickoff the program, the Warners were ready for some competitive fun and team building as Kurt and half of the mentees took on former Marine sharpshooter Brenda along with the remaining four. Always the competitor, Kurt proudly reported his red team defeated Brenda's team in a best of seven! Special thanks to NY 54 Limo for providing car service for the mentees!

 
 

Brenda Blesses Local Women During Tour with Women of Faith

Brenda may be the rookie on stage for the "Over the Top" Tour of Women of Faith, but when it comes to philanthropy she is the seasoned veteran. After her 8-city schedule was announced, First Things First got to work creating an opportunity for Brenda and Women of Faith to bless clients from local ministries impacting women. Ten women in each of the cities Brenda visits with Women of Faith will be treated with tickets to the 2-day conference, a First Things First tote bag filled with a Women of Faith devotional, journal, bible, Warner book, and First Things First visor, as well as a Meet & Greet with Brenda during the conference.

 
 

Disability Awareness at Red Mountain HS

Red Mountain High School in Mesa, AZ participated in the one week CHEER (Consciousness Helps Encourage Equal Respect) program in April. Each day student leaders "adopted" a disability for a day from using wheelchairs to wearing vision impairment goggles to communicating on a dry erase board. In conjunction with CHEER, the Red Mountain girl's basketball team hosted a professional wheelchair basketball team one evening. The week culminated with an all school assembly led by Kurt and Brenda who shared their reasons for developing the program. Some of the student leaders spoke of their experiences and the Warners encouraged the students to befriend and learn from their peers with disabilities.

 
 

Kurt Agrees that TeachersCount

Kurt and his high school teacher/coach Richard Breitbach are part of an award winning-poster series featuring athletes and celebrities in conjunction with TeachersCount, an organization dedicated to lifting the visibility and respect of the teaching profession. The series of posters that go to schools have the theme, “Behind Every Famous Person is a Fabulous Teacher.”  For more info or to order posters for your school, click here.

 
 

Brenda Joins Line-up for Women of Faith “Over The Top” 2011 Tour

Hundreds of thousands of women are meeting up in cities across the U.S. for one-of-a-kind weekend events filled with laughter, music, drama, heart-tugging stories, and more at the Women of Faith “Over the Top” 2011 Tour. Grab your girlfriends and come hear Brenda share her inspirational story at one of seven scheduled cities this spring and fall.

Click here for a list of dates.

 
 
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    Sharing God's Love in Metro East

    As a belated Valentine's Day surprise, Kurt and Brenda spread a little love through First Things First and in partnership with Aaron's, U-Haul and Lewis and Clark Habitat for Humanity when they rewarded the hard work of Daniele Huck, a single mother of two young girls (ages 7 and 3), by surprising her at her new Habitat home in South Roxana with all the furnishings to transform her house into a home. Another kudos to new foundation partner Amway for gifts of pots, pans, cutlery and cleaning supplies.

    See Kurt's Facebook page for more photos.

     
     

    Enjoying SPARE time with Disney 2010 Families

    During a recent visit to St. Louis, Kurt and Brenda with daughter Jada shared some fun and laughter as they tried their hand at bowling with Make-A-Wish and Dream Factory families from the 2010 We’re Going to Disney World! trip in June. The families and the Warners enjoyed catching up and reminiscing. Check facebook.com/kurt13warner for more photos from the afternoon.

     
     
    Home for the Holidays Heather looks at her new bedroom in amazement.
    See Kurt's Facebook page for more photos.

    Homes for the Holidays Program Blesses Two Families for Christmas

    Two families were rewarded for their hard work in achieving the dream of homeownership on Wednesday, December 22 with furnishings to turn their houses into homes. In Goodyear, Janel and her two sons worked with Neighborhood Housing Services of Southwestern Maricopa County to complete the steps necessary to purchase their first home and in New River, Heather and her son worked with Habitat for Humanity Desert Foothills to become first-time homeowners. On the closing day of their homes the unsuspecting single moms were surprised to find furniture, appliances, home décor items, cleaning supplies, food and more - gifts made possible by First Things First’s partnership with Aaron’s, U-Haul, R&S Mattress, Amway, Albertson’s and The Pedal Power Foundation.

     
     
    Kurt Signs with Amway As NUTRILITE Spokesperson

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    Kurt Honored with PeyBack Award

    Kurt recently attended Peyton Manning’s 8th Annual PeyBack Bowl in Indy to accept the annual PeyBack Award, presented to someone currently or formerly involved in professional football who exhibits character, integrity, and honor; someone who has given back to the game and society. Kurt also joined a jam-packed list of celebrities from the sports world as a celebrity bowler for the event which raised over $420,000 for Manning’s PeyBack Foundation.

     
     

    Kurt Trades Cleats for Dancing Shoes on TV’s Top Show

    While he was never known for his quick steps on the gridiron, Kurt will try his hand at the Quickstep and other ballroom dances this fall on Dancing With The Stars! The Warners are excited about this unique opportunity to have fun, reach a whole new audience, and most importantly bring added attention and awareness for First Things First. Click here for full DWTS Season 11 line-up and check back frequently for the latest news from Kurt with a behind-the-scenes look at the show. Watch his dance floor debut in the season opener on Monday, September 20 on ABC and get ready to vote for Kurt!

     
     

    8th Annual Ultimate Football Experience Scores Big

    In what many of the participants would call the greatest 24 hours of their life, First Things First hosted 81 participants and their guests on the evening of Friday, March 11 and all day Saturday, March 12 for the 8th annual Ultimate Football Experience. Participants from Prosource, Priority Sports, Insight/CA/Lenovo, and Nutrilite along with individuals who purchased spots on teams played flag football with and against Steve Breaston, Matt Cassel, Larry Fitzgerald, Joe Flacco, Rich Gannon, Michael Irvin, Brad Johnson, Aaron Rodgers, Michael Strahan and Kurt Warner. Thanks to the generosity of everyone involved, over $200,000 was raised for First Things First!

     
     

    Join the 1st annual "Kurt Warner's Bracket Hoop-la"

    *Win a chance at some cool autographed stuff and support First Things First!*

    Kurt Warner's Bracket Hoop-la" is an online college hoops bracket competition for the NCAA basketball tournament for the benefit of the Kurt Warner First Things Foundation. The winner will score an autographed Kurt Warner Super Bowl jersey, as well as a personal phone call from Kurt. Second and third place will receive a football autographed by Kurt Warner and a Super Bowl photo autographed by Kurt Warner, respectively.

    To be part of this competition, simply make an online donation to the Kurt Warner First Things First Foundation here. Your entire donation is tax deductible as a charitable contribution and will support the outreach of First Things First.

     
     

    FTF & Univ of Phoenix Continue to Score for Higher Ed in Cedar Rapids

    First Things First and University of Phoenix recently awarded two individuals associated with Kurt’s childhood youth center in Cedar Rapids, Jane Boyd Community House, with scholarships to earn their bachelor’s degree. Kurt’s mom, Sue Warner, joined University of Phoenix reps to congratulate Jessica Frink and Eugene Harper on behalf of First Things First. Sue also presented Jessica and Eugene with new Macbooks and printers from FTF to help them in their studies.

    Click here for additional information.

     
     

    With Gratitude to the Troops

    Kurt recently took time to do a phone interview with the founder of Real Combat Life, a website providing an online forum for veterans to share their experiences and educate the public on what life is like in combat from a firsthand perspective.

    Click here to read the transcript of the interview covering 9/11, Brenda’s time in the Marines, Pat Tillman, and a message from Kurt to the troops.

     
     

    FTF Donates $100K to Habitat to Build Hope in Cedar Rapids

    As the Cedar Valley continues to rebuild from the Flood of 2008, Iowa natives Kurt and Brenda have not only challenged Cedar Rapids faith & corporate communities to commit to building homes with Habitat for Humanity, but they showed up with hammer in hand to physically do just that! Kurt and Brenda, along with some in the local Warner clan, helped raise the walls for one of 13 homes constructed as part of the second annual Americorps Habitat Blitz Build. First Things First gifted $100K to help with the completion of the final two homes, and are calling on area businesses and groups to match the gift for 2011 as part of the First Things First Home Team Challenge. Donations can be made to Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity by calling 319-366-4485. Special thanks to FTF teammate Aarons for the donation of 13 kitchen tables for each of the 2010 Habitat families!

    To view video footage of Kurt & Brenda at work click here…

     
     

    First Things First creates magical memories with 10 special families

    Ten families with a child in medical crisis joined Kurt, Brenda and their seven dwarfs for a wonderful week in Orlando recently as part of the ninth annual “We’re Going to Disney World!” trip. Each day was packed with adventure as the group of Make A Wish and Dream Factory families from Arizona, Iowa and Missouri enjoyed shows, rides, meals and lots of love, laughter, tears and hugs. Special thanks to Give Kids the World, Walt Disney World Resorts, and especially the Foundation For Those without a Voice who once again provided a generous $25,000 grant to underwrite the airfare.

     
     

    Warner Family Urges Others to have “Ice Cream for Breakfast” for Great Org!

    Kurt, Brenda and their seven children are the official spokesfamily for “Ice Cream for Breakfast,” a new initiative to raise funds and awareness for a whimsical resort for children with life threatening illnesses and their families in Central Florida called Give Kids the World. First Things First has been involved with Give Kids the World since its first “We’re Going to Disney World!” trip in 2002. Go to www.icecreamforbreakfast.org for more info and ideas on how you can get involved.

     
     

    Kurt Voted Best Local Hero & Best Sports Figure in AZ Central Readers Choice Poll

    AZ Central.com has announced its Best of 2010, this year's collection of critics' and readers' favorites in more than 250 categories of restaurants, bars, shops, services, kids favorites and more, and Kurt was voted the Best in 2 categories: Best Local Hero and Best Sports Figure. Readers' Choice winners were chosen during a three-month process. Readers were asked to nominate their top picks which were used to build a ballot from the most-nominated entries. Finally, azcentral.com users cast their votes.

    To read more about Kurt as Best Local Hero click here.

    To read more about Kurt as Best Sports Figure click here.

     
     

    Kurt Joins MDA's Muscle Team

    Kurt is the newest member of the Muscular Dystrophy Association's "Make a Muscle, Make A Difference" campaign and flexed his muscle in ads for the charity that is dedicated to finding a cure for muscular dystrophy and ALS. Kurt joins Dancing with the Stars host Tom Bergeron, country singer Wynonna Judd, Biggest Loser host Alison Sweeney, and former Access Hollywood Host Nancy O'Dell among others in support of this great organization!

     
     

    Aarons, U-Haul and FTF Surprise Single Mom with Homes for the Holidays

    Carla and her 12-year old son Isaiah walked arm and arm through their new home in virtual silence. What they thought was a routine walk-thru with the staff of Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles, turned into the belated Mother’s Day surprise of a lifetime for this single mom and member of the National Guard. Each room in her 3-bedroom home was beautifully decorated thanks to Aaron’s, U-Haul, and First Things First! Rugs, lamps, couches, beds, dressers, linens, towels…even food in the pantry… it was all there! Carla and Isaiah are the 21st family blessed by the Homes for the Holidays program and the 10th in the greater St. Louis area.

     
     

    Warners Lead Disability Awareness Program in AZ

    Students of Desert Edge High School in Goodyear, AZ participated in the week-long CHEER (Consciousness Helps Encourage Equal Respect) program in early May. Each day student leaders “adopted” disabilities by wearing visual impairment goggles, using wheelchairs, losing the use of their dominant arms, wearing ear plugs or being non-verbal. The week ended with an assembly for the entire school hosted by the Warners to help create an atmosphere of inclusion and appreciation.

     
     

    Costas, Vermeil and Warners Kick off Double Header at The Pageant

    Laughter and good vibes filled The Pageant on the evening of April 22nd as Kurt and Brenda were joined by Bob Costas and Dick Vermeil for the 2nd Annual Night with Champions presented by Edward Jones. More than 600 people filled the eclectic venue in The Loop as they nibbled on menu samples from the likes of Gooey Louie, BARcelona, Oceano Bistro, Cardwell’s at the Plaza/BC’sKitchen, 1111 Mississippi/Vin de Set, Pappy’s Smokehouse, and Annie Gunn’s while they perused a silent auction brimming with sports memorabilia. The show featured an intimate Q&A format which was more conversation than interview led by the legendary Costas and concluded with lighthearted rapid fire questions from Brenda.

     
     

    Rain Doesn’t Dampen Spirits on the Links

    The double header fun continued on Friday morning at Norwood Hills Country Club for the Kurt Warner First Things First Golf Classic presented by Edward Jones. Despite the chilly temps and brief rain showers, golfers enjoyed the day including foursome photos with Kurt, Brenda and Dick Vermeil. Thanks to support from all the sponsors especially Edward Jones, Ralcorp, St. Louis Rams, and Fox 2/KPLR the Double Header events generated nearly $100,000 for First Things First!

     
     

    AZ Rattlers Dedicate Home Opener to First Things First

    On Friday, April 16th, the home opener of the AZ Rattlers game vs. the Chicago Rush at the US Airways Center is dedicated to raising funds and awareness for First Things First. The Rattlers owners have committed $20,000 personally and are asking fans to donate as they enter the arena or via website and phone for those watching on AZTV at home. All 17,000 tickets for the Arena Football game were offered free to the public by the Rattlers and their sponsors. Brenda and Kurt – the most decorated Arena Football alumni – will attend the game and participate in the broadcast promoting First Things First.

    Click here to make a donation to First Things First.

     
     

    Double Header Event in St. Louis

    Join Kurt and Brenda along with Special Guest Coach Dick Vermeil and Emcee Bob Costas at The Pageant on April 22 for a Night With Champions presented by Edward Jones. Prior to an on-stage walk down memory lane of the amazing 1999 Championship season, guests will enjoy food from St. Louis' most popular restaurants as well as a silent auction. On April 23, golfers will take to the links at Norwood Hills Country Club for the second annual First Things First Golf Classic. Sponsorships and foursomes are available. Tickets for Night With Champions go on sale on March 1st at ticketmaster.com or The Pageant Box Office.

    Click here for detailed event flier.

     
     

    FTF & University of Phoenix Give Gift of Higher Ed

    Thanks to a partnership with the University of Phoenix, First Things First was able to bless a young man who Kurt & Brenda have known since First Things First’s inception in 2001 through work with Sunshine Ministries in downtown St. Louis. Ramon Mitchell is the latest recipient of the First Things First Scholarship Program, which rewards deserving individuals from pre-selected partner organizations with a scholarship to the University of Phoenix to earn their bachelor’s degree. In addition to the full-ride scholarship, First Things First also gave Ramon a Macbook complete with Microsoft Office to assist him with his homework. Ramon is the sixth University of Phoenix scholarship recipient and third from Sunshine Ministries, with his mother receiving a scholarship last year.

    Click here to read full story.

     
     

    UFE Raises $275K with All-Star Cast

    A sell-out twelve teams took to the fields at the Cardinals Training facility on March 6th for the annual Kurt Warner Ultimate Football Experience – a four-on-four flag football tourney pairing corporate teams with celebrity QBs. The Draft Party and Auction preceded the game action and set the tone for the event as teams competed for their place in the Draft to select from an all-star cast that included Anquan Boldin, Marshall Faulk, Larry Fitzgerald, Joe Flacco, Todd Heap, Chris Miller, Sean Morey, Philip Rivers, Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan, Michael Strahan and Kurt Warner. Corporations sponsoring teams include Priority Sports & Entertainment, Insight/CA, Prosource, Wal-Mart - West Valley, Wal-Mart – East Valley, Wal-Mart – Phoenix, Insight/Lenovo/Procurve, Arizona Cardinals and University of Phoenix. Aaron Rodgers led a group of individuals called Team 13 to victory in the tournament which raised a record $275,000 for First Things First!

    Click here to view photo slideshow of the event courtesy of Yeung Photography.

     
     

    "Thanks for the Memories T-Shirts on sale

    Kurt Warner will not only be remembered by football fans for playing a key role in the turnaround of two storied NFL franchises, but for being a class act and role model who inspires everyone around him. Fans can commemorate Kurt's improbable career with this special edition "Thanks for the Memories" t-shirt with all proceeds benefiting his First Things First Foundation.

    Click here to purchase t-shirt.

     
     

    Kurt Honored with Bart Starr Award

    Kurt was presented with the 2010 Bart Starr Award, voted by his peers, for exhibiting outstanding character and leadership in the home, on the field and in the community at the Super Bowl Breakfast in Fort Lauderdale,FL. In his acceptance speech, Kurt reiterated his hope to not be defined by only his football feats, “That’s been my goal, to use the 12 years, to use the platform of the NFL as a means to accomplishing and leaving a legacy that goes well beyond records, and touchdowns, and football awards.” The Bart Starr Award was presented by Starr himself at the breakfast of 1,100 attendees including notable figures such as Baltimore Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh, NFL Hall of Famer Anthony Muñoz, former Indianapolis Colts Coach Tony Dungy, and Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Michael Vick.

     
     

    Kurt Announces Retirement

    After 12 years in the NFL, two NFL MVP awards, five Pro Bowls, three Super Bowl appearances, one Super Bowl MVP, and countless records broken and lives touched, Cards QB Kurt Warner has decided to end his storybook career. The announcement was made during a press conference at the Cardinals training facility with Brenda, the Warners' seven children, Coach Whisenhunt, the Bidwills and several of Kurt's coaches and teammates in attendance.

     
     

    The Ultimate Football Experience

    Live the NFL experience as you play with and against current and retired NFL players at the Ultimate Football Experience in Phoenix on March 5 & 6, 2010. Eight-man teams quarterbacked by NFL players take to the fields at the Arizona Cardinals Training Facility for four-on-four flag football. Corporate teams and individual spots are available.
    Click here for more information and to reserve your spot today!

     
     

    Set Your DVR!

    Football player, writer, motivational speaker…Kurt can add a new line to his resume – actor! On Monday, January 18 Kurt will make a guest appearance on the Disney XD’s hit show, Suite Life on Deck. Check your local listings for times.

     
     

    Homes for the Holidays

    Angela and her 8-year-old son Joshua were shocked to find their new home completely furnished thanks to the support of First Things First teammates: Aaron’s, U-Haul, R and S Mattress Liquidators, and Safeway. Angela, with support from Housing Our Communities, has been saving funds for the past nine years to purchase her first home. Angela and Joshua are the 20th family surprised by First Things First with Homes for the Holidays.

     
     

    Thank You St. Louis!

    Thank you St. Louis for your support of the ninth annual Warners' Warm-up Coat Drive. Coats are currently being consolidated, sorted and a total number collected should be available soon. Special thanks to Operation Food Search, A-Mrazek Moving Systems, Walgreens, FedEx Office, Custom Cuts, credit unions, local police stations, and Fox 2 /KPLR 11. The collected coats will be distributed to schools, homeless shelters and other social service agencies throughout the bi-state region. Coats may be donated directly to Operation Food Search from now until the new year. Monetary donations are also encouraged. $15 will purchase a new high-quality children’s coat.

     
     

    Kurt Recognized by Peers

    Kurt was recognized by his NFL peers as the best role model both on and off the field. Kurt received 18% of the vote with Peyton Manning earning 17% and Brian Dawkins 9%. The poll, including votes from 296 players, will appear in this week’s issue of Sports Illustrated.
    Click here to read more.

     
     

    Night With Champions

    The Wrigley Mansion played host to approximately 250 guests attending Night With Champions to benefit the building of a new Warner’s Corner at St. Joseph’s Hospital. The event provided guests with an opportunity to eat delicious food from Oregano’s, Rawhide, Frasher’s, Cold Stone Creamery, and Fairytale Brownies while bidding on a wide array of auction items. KTVK’s Tara Hitchcock and KTAR’s Ron Wolfley emceed the program which included a roast of Kurt by “John Madden” (a.k.a. Frank Caliendo), a message from Kurt on the Making of a Champion, and a question and answer session with Kurt, Coach Whisenhunt and Larry Fitzgerald. The event raised nearly $50,000 to assist in building the high tech recreation area for teen patients at St. Joe’s.

     
     

    Kurt Earns Player of the Week Award

    Kurt has been named the “NFC Offensive Player of the Week” for his performance in last Sunday’s 41-21 victory against the Chicago Bear where he matched his career-high with five touchdown passes in the 20-point victory. The TD total was one shy of the Cardinals franchise record and he became the first Cardinal QB to throw five in a game since Charley Johnson in 1969. Warner capped the game’s first four drives with TD passes and led the team to scores on each of the offense’s first six possessions. He became just the third Cardinals quarterback since 1965 and the first since Neil Lomax in 1983 to throw for four or more TDs in the first half of a game. Warner finished the game 22 of 32 passing for 261 yards with five touchdowns, no interceptions and a passer rating of 135.9.

     
     

    Brenda Gives Legacy to Nonprofit for Kids with Special Needs

    Using her developing talent in photography, Brenda recently created a giant mosaic living art piece at the main facility of Hacienda HealthCare (HHC), Arizona’s leading provider of a wide spectrum of health care services for individuals with special needs. The mosaic is a compilation of approximately eighty photographs Brenda personally shot of infants, children and young adults during her visits over the last several months. For the past year, Brenda and a team of women she recruited, have been making weekly visits to Hacienda to rock the babies.

    Click here for more info on HHC.

     
     

    Special Olympics Punt, Pass & Kick Clinic

    Kurt and Brenda hosted 50 Special Olympic athletes at the Cardinals Training Facility for a morning of fun as the athletes learned the football basics. Ben Graham, Neil Rackers, Jason Wright, and Big Red also assisted with drills and an obstacle course complete with touchdown dance. All of the athletes enjoyed lunch courtesy of Jason’s Deli (Ray and the 101). Thanks to the generosity of the Cardinals, three athletes will display their punt, pass and kick skills on the field prior to watching the Cards take on the Panthers.

     
     

    Thank You Phoenix!

    Thank you to everyone who donated equipment and/or cash for the third annual America’s Team Ball Drive. Over $5,000 was collected from Cardinal’s fans entering University of Phoenix Stadium on November 1 and will be used to help pay for shipping the equipment collected at the stadium and Valley Wal-Mart stores. Special thanks to Packages from Home, Wal-Mart, the Arizona Cardinals, Horizon Moving Systems, U-Haul, Ben Franklin Press, Fox 10, Cox Communications, and KTAR for once again supporting this effort for the troops overseas!

     
     

    Brenda Promotes Amazing Moms

    Brenda recently joined forces with Aquafresh for a contest to reward Amazing moms in Phoenix. Children 6 years of age or older (with Dad’s help, if necessary) can nominate their mom by going to www.aquafresh.com/amazingmom and writing why their mom is special and amazing. Entries are accepted now through November 2, 2009. Only fifty moms will be selected as "most amazing". Winners will join Brenda for a day of relaxation on December 5 at Spa Avania at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort.

     
     

    Kurt on List of America’s Most Liked Sports Figures

    Forbes.com printed a list of the Top 10 most liked sports figures based on a survey conducted by E-Poll Market Research. Trustworthy was the term fans most frequently used to describe Kurt. He joined the likes of Shawn Johnson, Tim Duncan and teammate Larry Fitzgerald on the list.
    Click here for a link to the full story.

     
     

    Warner’s Corner Challenge Grant

    First Things First is excited to announce plans for a Warner’s Corner recreation area for teenage patients at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix.  The vision for this high tech area for teens is a room filled with computers and equipment for movies, videogames, and music. FTF has received a $25,000 challenge grant opportunity which will be designated toward the cost of this new recreational area. Donors are needed to meet this challenge with the end goal of rewarding our community’s true champions! Visit the "Get Involved" page to make a donation and designate your funds to Warner’s Corner.

     
     

    Kurt Dons Pink During Win Over Houston

    Kurt joined the NFL to support October’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Kurt, along with several players throughout the league, wore pink cleats, wristband, and captain’s patch as part of a collaboration of the NFL and the American Cancer Society called “A Crucial Catch: Annual Screening Saves Lives” encouraging annual mammograms for women over 40. Fans can bid on some of Kurt’s pink game apparel at www.NFLAuction.NFL.com with proceeds benefitting ACS and Cardinals charities.

     
     

    Warner’s Record-setting Day Preserved

    The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s registrar recently received a securely packed box from the Arizona Cardinals that contained the jersey worn by Kurt Warner and a ball he threw during a record-breaking performance versus the Jaguars on September 20.   Warner set a new NFL record for single-game completion percentage during the Cardinals’ 31-17 win.  He completed 24 of 26 passes for a 92.3% completion percentage that broke the previous mark held by Vinny Testaverde (91.3, 21 of 23) of the Cleveland Browns in 1993.  The jersey is now the fourth one from Warner that’s in the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s collection.
    Click here for a link to the full story.

     
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