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3/17/2017 2:26:00 PM
Fundraising underway for park bench in Mike Carr's memory
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Mike Carr

Mike Carr, founder of Mike Carr Karate and Fitness, died Jan. 26 at age 58. While possessing a love of children and the art of karate, Carr touched thousands of lives during his over 20 years of teaching young boys and girls in Guilford County who came through his karate program.

Before his retirement last year due to health issues, Carr, who had a passion for fitness and was a 7th degree black belt, offered adult and children's Kenpo Karate and fitness classes at six locations throughout Greensboro, including at Mike Carr Karate & Fitness on New Garden Road in northwest Greensboro and at Northern Arts Studio in Hillsdale Village in Summerfield. 

As a way of recognizing the impact Carr had on his students, their parents, and all who knew him, a fundraising campaign is underway to raise $2,500 for a park bench in his memory.

"Mike knew each and every one of his students along with their personal accomplishments," said Georgina T. Bell, parent of one of Carr's former students. "Our community would like to have an everlasting memory and memorial on his behalf to give back what he has done for us as parents and all of our children. Mike has left behind two of his own children and we would like to help them honor their father as well."

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