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Ray Ray’s life story is told in the Disney movie “Safety.” The uplifting drama was inspired by the empowering true story of the former Clemson University football safety. Facing a series of challenging circumstances, Ray Ray’s dedication and persistence help him to triumph over repeated adversities. Aided by his teammates and the Clemson community, he succeeds on the field while simultaneously raising and caring for his 11-year-old brother Fahmarr.

Original movie streaming Dec. 11 on Disney+

Ray Ray’s determination against adversity is what the Ray Ray Safety Net Foundation is built upon. He helps young people overcome obstacles and encourages living instead of just surviving. Founded by Ray Ray McElrathbey, whose life story was turned into the Disney movie Safety, the Foundation works with children who are dealing with trauma, whatever it may be, along with their entire family. Whether it’s rehabilitation planning for those battling addiction or other forms of family support, the Foundation seeks to provide individuals a ray of hope through education and mentorship accountability programs.

Ray Ray

Ray Ray McElrathbey never thought Disney would make a movie about his life. At four years old, life changed when his family was forced to move from their home to a shelter. His young parents were struggling financially and his mother was dealing with drug addiction. It’s through these difficult times that he has found his inner strength. It didn’t come easy. Today, Ray Ray’s story is a shining example of perseverance triumphing over repeated adversity; and that is at the heart of Ray Ray’s Safety Net Foundation.


Pictured above: Ray Ray and his brother Fahmarr

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