Brandon Carr cares about the communities he has lived in and about their future, so he established the Carr Cares Foundation to inspire young students in the classroom and to help them live healthy lives.
For his contribution to the youth of Baltimore, as well as his work with the National Breast Cancer Foundation and his efforts in the other cities he has called home, the Ravens cornerback was awarded the Tim Wheatley Award on Tuesday.
The award is given out annually by the Baltimore Sun Media Group to honor athletes and leaders that contribute just as much off the field as on it.
The award honors the memory of Tim Wheatley, the Baltimore Sun sports editor from 2006-09 who was killed in a car crash while driving his daughter to school. Wheatley was a strong supporter of community service.
Wheatley’s family, including his children David, Will and Sarah, joined the Ravens at their practice facility in Owings Mills on Tuesday to present the award to Carr after practice.
“I should have brought a note card for this gentleman,” David Wheatley said. “He’s got a long list. … Incredible, incredible job mentoring the youth in Baltimore and in other cities as well.”
Carr, 33, was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fifth round in 2008. In 2012, he signed with the Dallas Cowboys as a free agent before signing with the Ravens in 2017.
Inspired by his parents, Carr said community service is second nature to him. He has supported the youth and communities in Flint, Michigan, where he grew up, as well as Kansas City, Dallas and Baltimore.
The Ravens nominated Carr for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award in 2018. Carr is the 10th overall and fourth Ravens recipient of the Tim Wheatley award.
“Just trying to move each and every community we’re in, and it’s been a ride,” Carr said. “Whether I win, lose or make a play or don’t make a play on the field, I know on Mondays I’ve got kids counting on me. … That’s the reason why I do it.”