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Dalton Risner Speaking

Dalton Risner


Far more than just a professional football player, Dalton has always had a passion for helping others and making them smile. Raised in the small town of Wiggins, Colorado, his work on the family ranch and involvement in the lives of friends, his church, and community, molded Dalton into who he is today.

Even as a highly decorated collegiate and professional player for the Kansas State Wildcats, the Denver Broncos and the Minnesota Vikings, Dalton is perhaps better known for his work off the field, through Special Olympics, Camp Hope, and his community work with area schools, hospitals, and children and families in the community.

Dalton was the 2022 Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee for the Denver Broncos, one of the most prestigious awards in the NFL rewarding those for their character and commitment to giving back and setting an example. Dalton believes life is measured by the joy that you bring to others, not your own individual accomplishments.

As a foundation, we believe that the world needs more love and kindness, we need to stop what we are doing and think “how can I make someone’s day today”? There is no greater feeling than seeing the positive impact you make on someone’s life. A quote that we love to live by is as follows, ” You can measure the character of a man or woman by how they treat someone that can do nothing for them”. That’s why Dalton started RisnerUP.

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in various forms.
— 1 Peter 4:10


Whitney Risner

Team Support

Whitney studied and played basketball at Fort Hays State University. She graduated with a business management and marketing degree in May 2021. She currently works as a social media marketing specialist. Whitney embodies what the Foundation strives to do, which is having kindness to those we meet, and striving to be better everyday.


Whitney is a huge support system for Dalton and the community endeavors they go on together.