Brandon Carr was born on May 19, 1986, in Flint, Michigan. He grew up the youngest son of John and Kathy Carr. After being a star football player at Carman-Ainsworth High School, he went on to further his career at Grand Valley State University where he competed on two national championship teams and also became a Division 2 All American.
In 2008, The Kansas City Chiefs selected Brandon in the fifth round of the NFL draft. After playing four great seasons with the Chiefs, he had the opportunity to sign a contract with his favorite childhood team, the Dallas Cowboys. He started every game as a Cowboy and is the current leader in consecutive starts for an active cornerback in the NFL. He received the nickname “Iron Horse” while he was in Kansas City for being durable, reliable, and tough-minded, a nickname that still holds true to him today.
Brandon has accomplished a lot over his 11 seasons as an NFL athlete, but what is most impressive is his work off the field serving the community. In 2012, he founded the Carr Cares Foundation, which is geared towards improving child literacy by helping young students become proficient readers by the third grade. Along with his literacy initiatives, the foundation also encourages children to live a healthy lifestyle through balanced nutrition and by being physically active.
In 2015, Brandon received his first nomination for the “Walter Payton Man of the Year Award”, a prestigious accolade that recognizes NFL athletes for their outstanding work in the community. He has received three “Man of the Year Award” nominations since his Foundation’s inception. Brandon was one of 32 players recognized at Super Bowl 53 in Atlanta, GA after being nominated for the prestigious award.
In October of 2015, Brandon flew back to Michigan during his off week to open up three reading centers in his hometown of Flint, where struggling students can get daily tutoring to help them read at grade level. He is also very active in the Dallas and Baltimore community by offering reading programs, mentoring, feeding families for the holidays, and hosting his annual football camp.
In 2017, Brandon signed a four-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens. Being in Baltimore has allowed Brandon to continue his playing career for a defensive-oriented team, while also having the opportunity to impact other communities. Since joining the Ravens, Brandon has given out thousands of books to young students, provided food and toys for families during the holidays, and establishing the Carr Cares Reading Buddies program at Glenmount Elementary/Middle School. Entering his 12th season, Brandon is continuing to leave a legacy on and off the field.
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Founded in 2012, the Carr Cares Foundation focuses on the educational enrichment and physical fitness for youth. Influenced by founder Brandon Carr’s passion for literacy and his love of sports, the Foundation provides students in Dallas, Texas and Flint, Michigan with opportunities to practice and perfect their literacy and athletic skills.
The Carr Cares Foundation supports and promotes child literacy by establishing reading centers, implementing tutoring programs, and providing learning tools to help young students understand the importance of reading and improve their literacy skills.
The Foundation also encourages healthy living through physical activity and balanced nutrition by supporting the NFL Play 60 program, offering football and cheerleading camps and providing training programs for student-athletes striving to develop their skills and techniques.
In 2012, Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr established the Carr Cares Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization that focuses on the educational enrichment and physical fitness for youth in Dallas, Texas and Flint, Michigan.
In 2015, the Carr Cares Foundation partnered with the United Way of Genesee County to establish three reading centers at elementary schools in Brandon’s hometown of Flint, MI. The reading centers provided students with over 500 new books, a number of audiobook listening stations and a beanbag-filled, colorful and fun environment to read and explore their imagination. Each center also employs reading coaches to ensure students reach their grade level literacy goals.
In addition to its literacy work, the Carr Cares Foundation hosts the Brandon Carr Elite Football & Cheerleading Camp in Dallas and Flint. Football campers receive expert training from area high school coaches, current and former collegiate athletes and NFL players, while cheerleading campers receive competitive cheer and tumbling instruction from varsity coaches.