“I’ve had so many coaches, mentors and role models in my life. Without those positive influence to help lead me in the right direction, I would not have achieved this level of success.” -Ratcliff Thomas
Mr. Thomas attended T.C. Williams High School (of Remember the Titans fame) in Alexandria, Virginia, where he excelled as a student athlete. In addition to athletics, he participated in various community service projects, including food and clothing drives, assisting the elderly, and tutoring elementary school students. Ratcliff spent the summers of his college years at the University of Maryland, volunteering as a coach, trainer and tutoring young people in Alexandria.
His four seasons with the Indianapolis Colts have given him celebrity and credibility with young people, with whom he shares his vision of community service. After hanging up his cleats for retirement, Mr. Thomas returned home to Alexandria to continue his work as a role model, mentor, coach, and public school system volunteer. He serves on Board of Governors of the Alexandria Sportsman’s Club, who recently honored him with a “Remember Ratcliff Thomas Night” being introduced by ACT of Alexandria President John Porter as a “Son of the City” for his commitment to the city’s youth. Additionally, Mr. Thomas previously served on the Board of Directors for Agenda Alexandria 2016.
Mr. Thomas has adopted leadership roles both on and off the field of play. He believes that community engagement is the key for affecting social change. In 1995, Ratcliff launched a “Stay in School” campaign with the support of the United Way. The Ratcliff Thomas Foundation is the culmination of Mr. Thomas’s lifelong desire to help economically, educationally and socially disadvantaged youth.