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Carter's kids- An athlete gives back

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The Carter's Kids facility sits in a quiet cul-de-sac in Richmond, and Tim Carter is happy to show you around the place and explain why it's needed.

"Statistically there are thousands of kids in foster care across the State of Texas. It's a statewide issue that youth are in need of support." He says.

He can't help every one, but he knew he could help a lot. That's why he started Carter's Kids. It's a place where foster kids can stay and get support and enrichment. They get tutoring, counseling and even get to participate in athletic programs. These are older kids that most likely will never get adopted. There are sixty of them living in these four houses. He has the ability to do this because

He played football. First for Auburn.. then for teams like the Browns.. The Rams.. The Giants and a brief stint with the Texans. Along the way he along with picking up yardage rushing, he picked up rich and successful friends. He has been blessed, he knows it and he's using it. He is learning on them to help raise money for Carter's Kids.

One of those friends he picked up along the way is former Houston Texan Antwuan Molden who says there aren't many people like Carter around..

"Very few. I mean he has the God given gift to help people and support people. I've known him for six years and we just clicked. There was something about him that makes you gravitate towards him." He says. He also never hesitates to help out when Carter calls.

A lot of times when athletes and celebrities get involved in causes it's because they have some personal connection to the issue, some skin in the game if you will.

"Some people try to relate. They want to know okay, so you were in foster care? You played in the NFL I didn't know that part. But I grew up in a two parent home. I have amazing parents that did a great job and invested in me." he says

He wants to give back.. to reinvest in other kids.. he knows at critical junctures in his life he made the right choices and succeeded because he had good guidance.. he thinks every kid.. especially foster kids deserve that chance too...

"Give them the ability to go out there and be empowered and be able to stand on their own two feet and provide for themselves and progress in life."

Saturday night he is having a fundraising event at Mosiac. He's leaning on those celebrity friends like "Tracy McGrady and Danny Greene from the Spurs, Quad Lunceford from reality TV, a number of politicians, and Eddie George will be the DJ.

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