The purpose of this newsletter is to remind you of a huge sporting event in our City on Friday night at T.C. Williams High School; and to invite you to join the Alexandria Sportsman’s Club in supporting this event.
The Sportsman Club’s own Ratcliff Thomas will be inducted into the City of Alexandria Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday night (2/12/16) prior to the T.C. Williams home basketball game and Senior Night. Ratcliff graduated from TCW in 1992 where he was a two sport star. In football, he was named first team All-Met, first team All-State and Virginia Defensive Player of the Year at linebacker; he also rushed for over a 1,000 yards his senior year. In basketball, he was a McDonald’s All-American nominee who averaged over 20 points per game as a senior.
A native of Alexandria, Thomas was a four-year letterman and All-American linebacker at the University of Maryland. Drafted by the Carolina Panthers in 1997, Ratcliff went on to enjoy a productive career with the Indianapolis Colts where he was a defensive and special teams standout. In 1999, he was named to the Sports Illustrated All Pro team. Following his professional football career, Thomas returned to Alexandria where he has served as a mentor to the City’s youth by establishing the Ratcliff Thomas Foundation and serving on the Board of Governors of the Alexandria Sportsman’s Club, among many other things.
Also, legendary T.C. Williams football coaches Herman Boone and Bill Yost, of “Remember the Titans” fame, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame, along with Ratcliff, John Kemper, Michael Casey, Clark Mercer, Kelly Mercer, Glenn Furman; and Dee Talbert (posthumously), the first Alexandrian to be killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004.
Don’t miss this historic sporting event and the basketball game that follows; and don’t forgot to keep next Tuesday (2/16/16) open to attend the ASC’s High School Baseball and Softball Coaches Night. Besides our Coaches previewing their seasons, the ASC will host the Head Coach of the Alexandria Aces, Dave DeSilva … you won’t want to miss it if you are a baseball fan.
John R. Duke
Alexandria Sportsman’s Club