It’s Wednesday afternoon, and David W. Carter High School Principal Fred Davis is firing up a small crowd on the school’s front steps.
“It’s a great day to be a Carter Cowboy,” Davis exclaims.
Davis is helping kick off an event celebrating the donation of $50,000 in Under Armour athletic apparel and equipment donated from Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities.
“We are so proud and humbled by this gesture,” Davis said.
Amid performances from the school’s band, cheerleaders, and a presentation of the flags from the school’s ROTC group, Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities Vice President of Community Relations Ronelle Ianace extended thanks on behalf of Smith and his wife, Pat. Ianace discussed how the Smiths grew up in poor families. However, through their collective success, they are working to extend a helping hand to others.
“Pat and Emmitt Smith care about kids and they, particularly, care about youth,” Ianace said. “(Pat and Emmitt Smith) really care that others have the opportunities that they have had in achieving the success they want. Your success is in your heart, it’s in your eyes, it’s what you can dream. Emmitt’s goal is to give as many as kids their dreams so that they can achieve them in the future.”
Carter was the second of two Dallas ISD schools to receive a donation of Under Armour athletic apparel and equipment this week. The Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities visited Skyline High School to present an identical donation one day prior to the presentation at Carter.
“We are truly honored to receive this generous donation from the Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities,” said Carter Campus Athletic Coordinator Harold Jones. “Due to your commitment to student achievement, our student-athletes will be afforded the use of the donated items which will inspire them to carry on the great tradition here at Carter High School.”