Brain Injury Services Elects Former NFL Player to its Board of Directors


Aleena Gardezi


SPRINGFIELD, VA (September 27, 2018) — Brain Injury Services, Inc., (BIS) elected retired NFL Player Chris Carr to the Board of Directors on September 10, 2018.

Carr adopted brain injury as a public platform after retiring from the NFL. He hung up his cleats at age 30 with nine NFL seasons under his belt.  Concerns about head injuries, a major issue for the NFL, made the decision to step away easier. Carr, like other players, had heard talk about brain trauma from medical experts. He didn’t have a history of concussions, but he had been playing football since he was a child, which means he had taken a lot of hits.

“The average career in football is three years, three and a half years,” Mr. Carr said in an interview, “But when it comes to the rest of your life, when you retire at 30, you want to be able to do something that inspires you.”

“Brain Injury Services is in the business of relationships. It is the foundation by which we accomplish our core mission — helping survivors live their best lives” says Denise Hyater, executive director for Brain Injury Services. “Whether it is cultivating partnerships with programs and services for our survivors, forging a trusting rapport with our donors or engaging with corporate giving programs, the common thread is connecting over a shared purpose. And our relationship with Chris is an important part of moving our mission forward.”

In May 2017, Carr graduated from the George Washington University Law School. He is currently an attorney at Zeman and Petterson, PLLC in Falls Church, Va., with a focus on immigration. Chris and his wife Sarah live in Virginia with their three children.

About Brain Injury Services:

Brain Injury Services helps children and adults with a brain injury build the skills and confidence they need to lead a fulfilling and productive life. For over 26 years, Brain Injury Services has been repairing lives, recovering possibility and restoring hope by offering the community innovative programs and services that meet the needs of survivors of brain injuries and their families. Each year, Brain Injury Services assists over 600 individuals and families who have experienced the devastating effects of brain injury, stroke, and concussion. We provide this assistance through core programs, including case management, specialized programs, and multiple support groups. Our services extend throughout Northern Virginia, Fredericksburg, Winchester, and the surrounding counties. Find out more at at


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