A graduate of Kathleen High School and now NFL star-player for the Baltimore Ravens, Ray Lewis has returned to his hometown of Lakeland with hopes to make a difference in the community and help youth at risk.
Founder of the Ray Lewis 52 Foundation, it is his dream and mission to provide personal and economic assistance to troubled youth.
He is greatly known for being a strong leader both on and off the field, who has the desire and will to make sure things get done. Well-known for all of his charity work in the Baltimore area, Ray now wants to bring that back to his hometown and make this community a better place.
Lewis said in an interview with the Lakeland Ledger, “This has always been a dream of mine. This is the ultimate. We have all the beautiful people of our city come together for one common goal – not to make money or any of that stuff – but to affect lives.”
The Ray Lewis Foundation kicked off its series of events with a charity bowling tournament held in Lakeland at Orange Bowl Lanes on March 31. Ray was in attendance, as well as many other celebrities including Bo Jackson, Roy Jones Jr., Doug Williams, and Ahmad Black.
As the reigning Miss Lakeland, I was fortunate enough to be a part of these events as well. I attended the bowling tournament and bowled as one of the “celebrity bowlers.” It was truly such an amazing event to see all of these people come together for the common cause of making our community a better place.
After meeting Ray Lewis and spending time with him before the tournament, I learned he truly is a man of such inspiration and desire. His determination to help this community makes him such an admirable role model to others and I was so grateful for the opportunity to particpate in this charitable event to help benefit the Ray Lewis 52 Foundation.