...Educating Families, Empowering Communities & Inspiring a Nation!

The Original Wives of Pro Athletes(WOPA) thank you for visiting our Internet site. We want to give you the opportunity to stay in touch with our group, says Irene J. Pridgen, Founder. The former centerfold beauty,  was featured in Jet Magazine (below). A former professional model, with many national tv commericals, magazine ads and several movie roles. She has a Master's Degree in Guidance and Counseling and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida. The Wives of Pro Athletes brings awareness to various causes and help educate families, empower communities and inspire a nation!

(Above)GEORGIAN - Dimpled-cheeked Irene Johnson is one reason Atlanta's sun shines so brightly. Jet Magazine, photo by Isaac Sutton.

Congratulations to Henry Lawrence for his induction into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame.

Come out and show your support March 20,2012. Visit the Florida Hall of Fame Website at: www.floridasportshalloffame.com

Here are our latest photos with some special athletes.

NBA Superstar Patrick Ewing

Super Bowl 2011 Trumpet Awards.



Please support one of our wives and watch the Football Wives show above on VH1 Sunday at 8:30

In November the WOPA started PSA Announcements" Stars Singing for the Homes" Campaign!  Pro Athletes sing their favorite songs to help  bring awareness to the devastating and traumatic foreclosure crisis. We appreciate the support of the Pro Athletes. Ken Griffey, Sr., Jim Thrope, PGA Champion Golfer, Darryl Strawberry, Henry Lawrence 3 x Superbowl Champions, Mark Royal, former Buc and Antwan Smith. WOPA partnered with various nonprofits to assist with support for foreclosure prevention.

A woman most important treasure is HOME OWNERSHIP for her family. The WOPA takes pride to help bring awareness to the devastation caused to "families in foreclosures", especially, wrongful foreclosures. Every familiy deserves the right to raise their children in their very own home.  To that end, we salute the Warrick Dunn Foundation who make dreams come true for families who may not otherwise obtain a home. Please donate to his foundation at:warrickdunnfoundation.org.  

Warrick Dunn, Pro Athlete and Author of "Running for My Life" and Henry Lawrence Retired Pro Athlete, 3x Superbowl Champions 


Governor Charlie Christ and Irene Pridgen WOPA Founder.

Our newest foundation and supporters Pat and Emmit Smith charities.

                                 OUR   MISSION

The Wives of Pro Athletes Organization are future, present and pass wives of Professional Athletes. The emphasis of our group is to bring awareness to various issues and causes which are dear to our hearts. To help educate families, empower communities and inspire a nation. The WOPA joins in with many foundations and charities to improves the lives for our children and the underserved. We believe the true way to raise the youth is only through teaching them the word of God. To show them how to put God first in everything they do. The values we instill into our children to grow and develope will help them become good and productive men and women. We must educate and reach out to the problem youth, if we are to have a healthy society.

The Wives of Pro Athletes Organization (WOPA) serve as official sponsors of the Florida Governor's Hurricane and Disaster Fund to help bring awareness to the importance of being prepared, and to provide assistance to victims in the aftermath of hurricanes or natural disasters. Please donate to: www.volunteerfloridafoundation.org We also join in and support the Florida Firefighters Association and the National Fire Protection Association, for fire prevention and candle safety. If this topic is certainly of interest to you. Please continue to check our site.

In the meantime you can reach us at (813)785-1420 We are looking forward to hearing from you. You can also contact us at our e-mail address: info@wivesofproathletes.org

If you are not familiar with our organization and your first contact with us is online: We would be pleased to hear from you! Please let us know what your needs and questions are, we will be more than happy to help.

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In brief, you should know the following about us: The Original Wives of Pro Athletes (WOPA) are women of character, who put God first in their lives. We are a non-profit organization, with all volunteers. Our husband's, fiancĂ©'s and families have been involved in giving of their time and service to many nonprofits and charity organization for over twenty-five years. Our specialty is in reaching out to the underserved, who are less fortunate, with an emphasis on: Governor's Volunteer Hurricane & Disaster Funds, families in foreclosures, disadvantage youth, and bringing awareness to the advancement of health & research