The 10-episode series will be co-hosted by NFL star and “Dancing with the Stars” winner Donald Driver, along with actress Emily Wilson. OWN has greenlit “The Hero Effect,” an inspirational docuseries from nonprofit United Way Worldwide and Dolphin Entertainment, Variety has learned exclusively. “The Hero Effect” showcases stories of ordinary individuals who are making extraordinary differences in their communities. Each episode is shot on location in different communities across the country. The real-life stories, presented by United Way — the world’s largest privately-funded nonprofit — build on the company’s mission to fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community.
It doesn’t matter who you are: Hard times always come up. As a kid growing up, I saw my mom not eat at night because she was trying to make sure that her children had enough food. We slept on a mattress on the floor because we couldn’t afford furniture. My goal was that, if I had the opportunity to become successful, I was going to find a way to get my family out of poverty.
The Donald Driver Foundation started back in 2000. I wanted to make sure to give other people the opportunity to be successful. I believe that God put me on this earth not to be a football player, but to give me the platform to do what I’m doing today: inspire, motivate and change lives.
Kohl's Corp. chairman and CEO Kevin Mansell teamed with former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver to help host the Croquet Ball Sept. 10 and raised more than $320,000 for the Penfield Children's Center in Milwaukee. Check out the attached slideshow to see photos of the fun event that was held at the Milwaukee Country Club.