Dr. Ray Perkins
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Driven by my desire to see a childhood dream come true, I tackled as many obstacles off the football field as on. I nearly died at childbirth, was born asthmatic, told I would never walk without braces, and was raised in poverty. Ultimately, before my journey ever began, I understood the impact my story could have. I learned not just to survive but to strive. E
A native of Richmond, Virginia, I excelled as a student-athlete and earned Blue-Chip honors in football at John Marshall High School. I signed a letter of intent to play football at the University of Virginia. After earning my Bachelor of Arts and Science degree from UVA, I was blessed to play in the NFL and CFL respectively for the Dallas Cowboys, Cleveland Browns, Edmonton Eskimos, and Arizona Cardinals.
Once I hung up my cleats, I began teaching and coaching at Canyon State Academy (formerly the Arizona Boys’ Ranch) where I worked with troubled and delinquent youth. While there I continued my graduate studies and graduated Summa Cum Laude with an M.A. and teacher certification from Ottawa University in 2004. After accepting a position as vice-principal at Dobson High School in Mesa, I continued my pursuit as a lifelong learner and earned my Ph.D. from Madison University.