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Deion Sanders on kids, Texas food program

Deion Sanders' two sons were on hand when he was inducted into Pro Football's Hall of Fame. Jason Miller/Getty Images

Deion Sanders needs a vacation.

It's been a tough week as the NFL Hall of Famer and his estranged wife, Pilar Sanders, have been in court in Texas for their divorce proceedings.

On Tuesday, Sanders was awarded full custody of his two sons, ages 11 and 13, and joint custody of his 9-year-old daughter.

"We're almost in the clear," said Sanders, who married Pilar in 1999. "There is still one more hurdle."

The two have yet to settle over the finances in their ugly divorce, which was first filed by Sanders in September 2011.

"It's time for me and my children to go on Spring Break," Sanders said. "We're heading to an island. No, I'm not telling you which one."

One thing this trial has done for Sanders is make him even more spiritual. Check out his Twitter feed. And he's thinking even more about how children -- even those who aren't his own -- are important to him.

That's why Sanders created the "Feed Me Prime" program, which is dedicated to feeding children ages 1-18 nutritional meals while school is out in Texas. In one academic year, schools served an average of 2 million lunches for free or reduced prices each day. By contrast, only about 250,000 lunches are served a day in summer.

"That's what this trial has done for me. I'm not able to visit the schools. I'm not able to go to churches. It's so much of a distraction," Sanders said. "The enemy has had my focus. I need to get my focus back on these kids."

Sanders said he's hoping to set an example by showing that junk food isn't the answer, and plans to feed 100,000 children this summer.

"People need to stop watching cartoons and video games and eating honey buns," he said. "Junk is cheap. I know that. But you need to create some better practices."

Sanders isn't going to say that he's there making breakfast for his children himself. His mom recently moved into his house in Texas, and he still has a housekeeper to help.

"Family means everything to me. I always have my kids around me," Sanders said. "It's not football season but I'm not just sitting around. I have a national basketball tournament. I have tryouts for baseball. I have AAU. I have track. My calendar is always full. But first, it's Spring Break."