But after spending time with Sapp, organizers decided he deserves an opportunity to prove he's a changed man.
We spoke with Jerome Harriot -- the head honcho in charge of the event -- who tells us, "People understand that people make mistakes and the reality is that people in this community know what he’s really like."
Harriot says he truly believes Sapp can have a positive impact on the kids -- "He's a great coach. He can definitely put children on the right athletic and educational track."
As for Warren, Harriot says Sapp is "very excited and passionate about this."