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ACS and NFL surprise cancer survivor with tickets to the Super Bowl

Atlanta associate superintendent of schools Dan Sims got one of the biggest surprises of his life today, when a former NFL player walked into a meeting he was conducting with principals to present him with two tickets to Super Bowl LIII!

That’s right. Sims was running a meeting with Atlanta principals at Lakewood Stadium Conference Room when in walked former NFL running back Warrick Dunn, escorted by Sheri Barros, strategic director, Global Sports Alliances.

Sims was chosen for this gift from the NFL because he is a 20-year survivor of cancer and a longtime supporter of the American Cancer Society. While juggling a demanding professional life, family, and other obligations, Dan has been a Relay For Life volunteer for 12 years. He has raised money for ACS on his family team, fraternity team, and as a member of the event leadership team. He has passionately attempted to revitalize his event and continues to support ACS in many ways.

Dunn, who played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Atlanta Falcons, told Sims that he is an inspiration to all of us, noting his cancer battle and the fact he fights each and every day to educate our youth.

Dunn retired in 2009 after playing 12 seasons, and since then he has received numerous awards for his philanthropic efforts.

The NFL and the American Cancer Society have partnered in the fight against cancer since 2009.

PHOTOS: Pictured in the top photo is Dan Sims on the left accepting the tickets from Christina Hovestadt, manager, Community Relations, for the NFL. Former NFL running back Warrick Dunn stands in the middle. Featured in the small photo is Community Development Manager Joshua Menifee on the left who nominated Dan for the surprise. Dan is on the event leadership committee for Relay For Life of Atlanta.

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