Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr joined ESPN Tuesday morning to discuss a number of things, including his new foundation, which is set to launch in a few weeks. The Anthony Barr Foundation was founded as a way to provide single mothers with financial support, so they can pursue a college degree.
Like so many other NFL players, Barr is trying to use his success and stardom to help give back. He watched his own mother, Lori, try to pursue a degree while also raising him and working, so this cause is one that really hits home for him.
“I was raised in a single-parent home,” Barr told ESPN. “My mother, I watched her work long days, long nights and go to school all throughout that, so we think it’s going to be a great opportunity for us to kind of give back. … We’re hoping to provide some relief and I think it’s going to beneficial for everyone.”
The fourth-year linebacker said that his mom has been an inspiration to him for most of his life. She was not around as much as he would have liked her to be growing up, but he knew that was because she was working to provide him with a better life.
Barr said she sacrificed a lot of her own time so he could have a roof over his head, food on the table and a chance to be successful in whatever he did. He knows that there are mothers across the nation who are going through the same things and doing their best to give their children everything they need. That is why he has set up this foundation, to try and help out those single moms that are doing everything they can.
“She put me in a position to be successful and I owe her so much,” Barr said of his mother. “I think this is one thing I can do to kind of give back to not only her but all single mothers.”
According to his foundation’s website, 80 percent of single-parent families in the United States are headed by moms and 40 percent of the single-mother households fall below the poverty line. Barr believes that the best way to counteract that problem is to give those single moms a chance to obtain higher education.
That is why he has decided to start this foundation – to give single moms a chance to go to college so they can provide their children with everything they need, the same way his mom gave him everything he needed when he was growing up.