Learn MoreAbout The Vision
The Ryan O’Callaghan Foundation (ROFDN) was established to help support talented LGBTQ youth through scholarship. At the ROFDN, we believe that we must begin to redraw our definitions of what defines a person. Martin Luther King Jr. hit the nail on the head when he said, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
Those words hold a truth that can be applied to every single person that has ever lived on this earth, transcending skin color,sexuality, age, gender…
These words paint a picture of a very possible reality. This reality IS ACHIEVABLE. All it requires from us is awareness. We need awareness. We need the awareness that we are all going through the exact same feelings no matter who we are, where we are, how poor or rich we are or light or dark… or heavy or thin…. We must begin to remove the variables that we cannot control and begin to respect and appreciate others for their choices.
The ROFDN believes we must all look past the vessel we were born into and all of its uncontrollable characteristics, and we must begin operating under the pretense that it is our actions, our words, our skills, and our choices that define us. We are excited to reward those who are unapologetically themselves and exemplify the qualities of Ryan O’Callaghan.
Ryan O’Callaghan grew up in Redding, CA where he earned a full ride football scholarship to the University of California. After entering the NFL draft out of college, Ryan played in the NFL for six seasons for the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs. After retiring from football in 2012, Ryan gained the courage to be honest with himself and then the world about his sexuality and came out as gay.
Today, Ryan shares his story with the hopes of encouraging others to be themselves and not let their sexuality get in the way of following their dreams.