Atlanta Falcons running back Warrick Dunn, the 2004 Walter Payton Man of the Year, has been named the Grand Marshal for Saturday's Aaron¿s 312 Busch race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Warrick Dunn and two recipients from his Home for the Holidays program will give the command to the Aaron¿s 312 drivers to start their engines.
The Home for The Holidays program was established in 1997 and has helped 51 low-income, single mother families become first-time homeowners. In 2004, Dunn handed the keys to three single mothers for their new homes.Through the Home for the Holidays program, Dunn makes the down payments on new houses, then works with Aaron¿s to fill each home with necessities such as furniture, electronics and computers, and other local businesses for linens, lawn and gardening equipment, lamps, kitchen appliances, and food.
"I'm very excited to have another opportunity to start the race again, particularly here in Atlanta for Aaron¿s," Dunn said. "We have had two great years with Aaron¿s, as they have gone above and beyond the call of duty to make dreams come true for the moms, their families and myself. I look forward to many, many years of success with them."
Aaron¿s has been a large part of the Warrick Dunn Foundation¿s Homes for the Holidays program. Aaron¿s stores in Atlanta, Baton Rouge, and Tampa provide all of the furniture for the program.
A two-time NFL Pro Bowl selection, Dunn was a three-time first-team All-ACC performer at Florida State University, where he became the first back in the school¿s history to record three 1,000-yard rushing seasons. In 1997, he was named NFL Rookie of the Year by Football News, Pro Football Weekly and Sports Illustrated, and he was designated Offensive Rookie of the Year by the Associated Press, Football Digest and College and Pro Football Newsweekly.
Great seats are still available for Saturday's Aaron¿s 312 and all of the weekend¿s festivities. For more information, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at (877) 9-AMS-TIX or (770) 946-4211, or visit www.AtlantaMotorSpeedway.com.