RISE UP. POWER FORWARD.
ONLY 41% OF STUDENTS IN THE
ARE EXPECTED TO GRADUATE
Ray Strickland, founder of the Ray Strickland Foundation, was born and raised in Chester, PA - a city just 20 miles southwest of Philadelphia plagued with crime, poverty, and scarce resources. Against all odds, Strickland's talents and motivation helped propel him into a high school and college basketball star. He would become a member of the 2000 state championship Clippers team, as well as an All American at Alvernia University. After receiving his Bachelor's Degree in 2004 from Alvernia, Strickland was able to showcase his skills on the court as a professional basketball player over in Europe, where he would play for five years .
After his professional basketball career,he would go on to earn his Master's Degree in Counseling in 2010 from Wilmington University. Thereafter, Strickland made it his mission to pay-it-forward to children in the community plagued with some of the very same obstacles that was once stacked against him. For this reason, he finds it paramount for our future leaders of tomorrow - to rise up and power forward.