Former NFL Player Tyrell Zimmerman Partners with League to Address Childhood Trauma

Tyrell Zimmerman in classroom with kids

Tyrell Zimmerman is a man on a mission to address the wave of mental health challenges impacting urban youth, many of whom are struggling with trauma, childhood PTSD, and depression due to the harshness of their environments. With the COVID-19 pandemic still lingering, the mental health battle has only gotten worse as schools seek solutions. One of the ways Zimmerman is making a difference is through his children’s book, “Carter: My Dream, My Reality,” which promotes literacy and serves as a powerful guiding tool, assisting children with positive coping mechanisms, healing and recovery.

A native of Waterbury, CT who now resides in Atlanta, the financial professional, educator, and former professional football player is currently traveling across the country and speaking at schools. Earlier this month (March 2nd), he and the NFL partnered for National Read Across America Day, where current NFL players and former athletes donated their time at elementary schools to read to and speak with students.

“Carter: My Dream, My Reality” is about a young black boy, Carter, who is growing up surrounded by violence and negative things taking place around him in his neighborhood. He expresses his fears to his mother, who assures him that despite his surroundings, he will succeed.  The book is loosely based on Zimmerman’s own life.

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SOURCE: EURweb, Ivan Thomas