While it’s the negative stories that always catch the headline wave, there are actually many more positive ones that come out of the Dallas Cowboys’ organization but rarely go heralded — for obvious reasons. The organization is well-known for its ties to the community and outreach services that are partnered with Salvation Army, but it’s also what the players do on a regular basis that deserve a hearty salute. Frazier is one such individual, who goes above and beyond at every turn to help uplift the less fortunate.
His latest efforts are aimed at supplying schools with much needed technology upgrades, having partnered with Conn’s HomePlus and Hewlett Packard to donate 120 laptops to four separate Dallas ISD schools in 2019 — according to The Hub.
The schools to receive Frazier’s gift are William H. Attwell Middle, Patton Academic Center, Adelle Turner Elementary, and South Oak Cliff High, and each will receive 30 laptops a piece.
“At Conn’s HomePlus, we recognize today’s youth as tomorrow’s future,” said Norm Miller, CEO of Conn’s HomePlus in the official press release. “Similar to our partners at HP, we believe in the power of modern technology. We hope our donation will help inspire students in the Dallas ISD to excel in academics and push themselves to new limits.”
This is far from the first time the veteran Cowboys’ safety has done outreach, with his Frazier Cares Foundation having also hosted summer football camps and taking hundreds of kids to the debut screening of the blockbuster movie “Black Panther” in 2018. Dallas ISD is quite familiar with Frazier’s generosity, and he recently partnered with Under Armour and basketball Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman to give children of single-parent homes in Dallas ISD a holiday shopping spree just a few months ago.
“It’s my favorite time of the year because I really get to show an impact on these kid’s lives and you know, give back,” Frazier said in December. “We gave 50 kids a $150 gift card to get whatever they want, if they want to get themselves something, if they want to get their family something for Christmas — we are giving back to what God has blessed us with — yeah it’s my favorite time of the year.”
Frazier is entering his fourth year in the NFL and has been an impact special teams player and more-than-solid rotational safety for the Cowboys, having stepped into the role of starter in impressive fashion last season when Xavier Woods was absent with injury. He’s done everything the team has asked of him and more, and continues to follow the mantra of being the “Right Kind of Guy”. That’s something he’s prided himself on since being selected in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, continuing to build his resume both on- and off-the-field following his days at Central Michigan.
“HP is proud to work with Conn’s, Dallas ISD and Kavon Frazier and Frazier Cares Foundation in this important community initiative for the Dallas ISD,” said Quyen Phan,
HP Sales Manager. “Education and the enrichment of learning through the application of technology is a cornerstone to building a better future for the next generation. Congratulations to Conn’s HomePlus and Frazier Cares Foundation for making this happen for the children of the Dallas ISD.
“HP is thrilled to have participated.”
Frazier and his wife welcomed their first child in May 2018, and while he’s realized the ultimate goal of raising his own in a two-parent household — something he didn’t have himself — Frazier hasn’t forgotten about those who don’t have that privilege and struggle on a tilted world stage.
For those children, Frazier will keep fighting, because he knows firsthand what they’re up against.
Dallas Cowboys linebacker Leighton Vander Esch remains sidelined at the team’s organized team activities because of a pelvic injury.
Kate Hairopoulos of the Dallas Morning News reported the update Wednesday and noted cornerback Chidobe Awuzie (hamstring) and safety Kavon Frazier (knee) are also absent from OTA session.
Vander Esch is coming off a terrific rookie campaign after the Cowboys selected him with the 19th overall pick in the 2018 draft. He registered 140 total tackles, which ranked third in the NFL, along with seven passes defended and two interceptions while playing all 16 games.
The 23-year-old Boise State product earned a Pro Bowl selection and was ranked as the league’s fourth-best linebacker by Pro Football Focus.
“There’s a lot of ways I can improve,” Vander Esch told reporters in April. “Getting off blocks, striking with my length and building coordination with that, getting my foot in the ground and just running and making plays. You’ve got to be in shape. You’ve got to be able to run and finish.”
He previously dealt with a groin injury during last year’s training camp.
Awuzie became a full-time starter for the Cowboys last year after spending most of his 2017 debut season as a reserve. He tallied 71 total tackles, 11 passes defended and an interception in 15 games.
The San Jose native missed one contest with an ankle injury.
Frazier’s injury required a knee scope that’s expected to keep him out of practice until training camp, per Clarence Hill Jr. of the Star-Telegram.
His recovery timetable is crucial because he’ll likely be battling for a spot on the team’s final 53-man roster during the preseason since the team has a lot of depth at safety.
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Before Kavon Frazier made a name for himself on the gridiron, the Dallas Cowboys rookie and Central Michigan University alumnus had another love.
The Grand Rapids native grew up playing both football and basketball at the Seidman Boys & Girls Club, but he favored the hardwood. Even after being advised to pursue football by his first coach and mentor, Grand Rapids Police Officer Percy Brown, Frazier was hesitant.
Now getting set to suit-up for his first 2016 NFL playoff game, Frazier is reminded of the positive impact officers like Brown had on his life growing up on the city’s Southeast Side.
“Before coach Brown passed away, he told me my key to making it out of there was football,” Frazier said. “And sure enough, he was right. He was a father figure in my life and I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for him.”
Frazier joined the club when he was 7, regularly visiting the Crofton Street location after school with his sister. He didn’t have a father at home, but said Brown – and later Officer Michael Harris – were some of the men at the youth center who were his male role models.
“Time is the biggest thing with them,” Frazier said. “Those guys just believed in every kid and they never gave up on anyone, no matter their background or what they did.”
Harris, who took over the Seidman Center 15 years ago, still keeps in touch with Frazier.
He called Frazier a good example of the positive impact officers can have on youth in the community, helping them make good decisions and keeping them out of trouble.
“Kavon was a kid who was always very talented. He was a hard worker and he was very intelligent,” Harris said. “It takes a village to raise a kid. Lots of people influence you along the way.”
Each of the three Boys & Girls Club locations in Grand Rapids is supervised by a GRPD community policing specialist, who provides guidance and support for hundreds of children annually.
For $5 a year, children can attend any of the clubs on weekdays after school. There, they have access to a study room, basketball gym, art room, and video game area, as well as a daily meal.
“Even though Seidman isn’t in the best neighborhood, you could go there and not have to worry about the negative influences or any trouble coming your way,” Frazier said. “It was a positive influence in my life.”
Frazier graduated from Grand Rapids Christian High School before going on to be a three-year starting defensive back at Central Michigan.
He was selected by the Cowboys in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, making the active roster and recording six tackles in limited playing time during his first season.
Since moving to Dallas, Fraizer’s respect for law enforcement officers has continued.
In July, the Cowboys safety took to Twitter to show his support for the Dallas Police Department after five officers were killed and another seven were injured in an ambush at a peaceful protest.
“Some of the stuff going on in the world is wrong, but I don’t think violence is the answer, especially toward police officers,” he said. “They’re trying to make communities safe, and they’re putting their lives on the line.
“Not all officers are bad people and it hurts that this stuff is going on, especially how I grew up.”
Frazier said his experience at the Seidman Center inspired him to give back to children.
Just before Christmas, Frazier took 35 members of the Boys & Girls Club of Dallas to his sponsor company, Under Armour, where each picked out a pair of new shoes. Afterward, he spent time with them at the club, posting a video to Twitter afterward.
Once his playing career is over, Frazier plans to put his child development degree to use by opening his own youth center.
“That’s down the road. I want to have time to plan but I definitely want to start one and give back,” he said. “(Harris and Brown) helped me stay out of trouble. I want to do that. If we can get these kids who don’t have fathers in their lives and get them those positive figures, that would go a long way.”