The Home Depot NFL Neighborhood MVP is a national program that recognizes players who are making a positive impact in their local communities through charitable programs and contributions. Witten was selected for his work in founding the SCORE Foundation, which provides support and assistance for families and individuals affected by domestic violence
The eight finalists, narrowed from a field of 17, will receive a $5,000 donation to the charity of their choice and are now in the running to be honored as The Home Depot NFL Neighborhood MVP. The national MVP winner will receive a $25,000 donation to the charity of his choice and will be recognized at an All-Star playground build project during the week leading up to Super Bowl XLIII.
Fans are asked to go online at www.NFL.com/HomeDepot to vote for the finalist they think is most deserving of the national award. Votes will be taken until Dec. 31.
The other finalists include:
- Keith Brooking – In Atlanta, Brooking was selected for his help in founding the Keith Brooking Children's Foundation, which is a non-profit organization committed to serving foster children and the agencies that serve them throughout the metro Atlanta area.
- Brian Dawkins – In Philadelphia, Dawkins was selected for his support of the Burn Prevention Foundation, dedicated to the ongoing care of burn survivors, facilitating the training of emergency service personnel and delivering burn prevention education to those at greatest risk to injury.
- Mike Furrey – In Detroit, Furrey was selected for his for his work in creating the Mike Furrey Foundation, which aids people in need. Furrey also works with children's hospitals throughout Michigan and his home state of Ohio and is involved with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes organization, among many other charitable activities.
- Andre Johnson – In Houston, Johnson was selected for his help in founding the Andre Johnson Foundation, which is committed to empowering and developing youth from single-parent homes into responsible and educated citizens.
- Steve Smith – In Charlotte, Smith was selected for his help in founding the Athletes United for Youth where the organization’s mission is to aid and assist youth ages seven to 16 years old that are housed within low-income, underserved Charlotte communities.
- Amani Toomer – In New York, Toomer was selected for his work in founding the Amani Toomer Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to increasing the awareness of and providing resources to after-school recreation programs in the New York and New Jersey areas.
- Kurt Warner – In Phoenix, Warner was selected for his work in founding the Kurt Warner First Things First Foundation, an organization that promotes Christian values and blesses the lives of those less fortunate.