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  • Eric was born and raised in Fairburn, Ga., just south of Atlanta.

  • Eric was drafted 5th overall in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs.

  • He attended Creekside High School in Fairburn, Ga., where he was a four-year starter at quarterback and defensive back, 2003-2007.

  • Following high school, Eric signed with the University of Tennessee as the top-rated defensive back in the country.

  • At the University of Tennessee, Berry was a two-time All-American, a Jim Thorpe Award winner and three-time All-SEC selection.

  • Eric’s father, James Berry, is president of the Fairburn Athletic Association, a community-based organization formed to provide an organized sports program for the children of Fairburn and surrounding communities.

  • James also serves as coach of the Fairburn Flames, the youth football league where Eric played as a boy.



  • Eric Berry founded The Eric Berry Foundation in 2010 to restore community parks and create places where “kids can just be kids.”

  • Eric’s mother, Carol Berry, serves as executive director of the foundation

  • The Berry Foundation’s first project is the refurbishment of Clarence Duncan Park, located in Eric’s hometown of Fairburn, Ga.

    • Clarence Duncan Park Refurbishment Program

      • Duncan Park is a community park in Fairburn, Ga.

      • Three phase, 6.5 year project:

        • Phase I: Installation of turf field and park beautification (6 months)

        • Phase II: Rebuilding of Community Center (2 years)

        • Phase III: Rebuilding of remaining facilities and establishing long-term maintenance plan (4 years)

      • Astroturf partnered with the Berry Foundation for phase I of the program.

        • Phase I began in the summer of 2010 and is focused on the restoration of the main sports field and overall beautification of Duncan Park.

        • Astroturf is providing turf for refurbishment of the field.

    • Clarence Duncan Park

      • Eric Berry began visiting Duncan Park when we has five years old and credits it as the place where he learned to play football.

      • Duncan Park is the home field for the Fairburn Flames youth football program.

      • In 2001, a dispute over whether Fulton County or the city of Atlanta is responsible for maintenance halted renovation plans for the park.

        • Fairburn residents have stepped in to help with park upkeep, but in the nine years since the dispute, the park has slowly deteriorated.



Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry founded the Eric Berry Foundation in 2010 to restore community parks in an effort to create places where “kids can just be kids.”  The foundation’s first project, which began in the summer of 2010, is the rejuvenation of Clarence Duncan Park in Fairburn, Ga.  Following the refurbishment of Duncan Park, the Eric Berry Foundation is committed to forming partnerships in Knoxville and Kansas City in order to restore community parks in need and give kids a safe place where they can go to learn, play and thrive.

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