Ray McElroy is a former NFL football player spending six seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, Detroit Lions, and the Chicago Bears. A native of Chicago, Proviso West High School alum, and graduate of Eastern Illinois University, Ray served as Team Chaplain for the Chicago Bears Organization from 2008-2013. He is currently devoting his post football career to empowering youth, transforming lives, and making a difference one life and community at a time through his non-profit organization, A Ray of Hope on Earth. Through his ten-year motivational speaking initiative, “Life Beyond the Game”, Ray who unlike any other has managed to capture the hearts and minds of youth, teens and adults nationwide! His passionate yet hard-hitting messages have overflowed into his newly written forty-day devotional, ”From Grace to Renewal”. If that isn’t enough, Ray McElroy’s newly developed venture is the lifestyle elevation program, “Ascender”, designed for professional athletes transitioning and ascending from sports to their next exciting career. Whether he is educating and inspiring readers and listerners on how to navigate through the field of life during his weekly Midweek Inspirational messages or through guest radio segments like WYLL|1160AM or Moody radio WMBI|90.1 FM; whether he is delivering an encouraging word on game day to NFL players, or challenging students on the importance of making good choices in public schools; Ray’s amazing and uncanny ability to entertain while delivering a profound message of desire, discipline and dedication has touched lives of thousands regardless of gender or age. Ray is truly committed to living out his philosophy: “Every life is special and significant”.