Defending Dreams | Board of Directors

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The Board of Directors of the Thomas Davis Defending Dreams Foundation is responsible for management and oversight of the business and affairs of the organization in accordance with the Bylaws. This includes management of the assets and allocation of resources to projects. Board meetings of the TDDDF are held the first Monday of each month and partners and donors can request the minutes for meetings by contacting the foundation.

THOMAS DAVIS – FOUNDER

Thomas Davis considers himself blessed. Mr. Davis often recalls striving daily to keep himself busy with sports activities in order to keep from falling into the cycle of many of those he saw around him. He realizes that making it out of Shellman, GA was a miracle in itself and the fact that he is able to live his dream of playing in the NFL is an additional blessing from God.

thomas-davis-man-of-the-year-defending-dreams-charlotte-ncMr. Davis has been in the NFL and a member of the Carolina Panthers since 2005 and has continued to be successful on and off the field. In 2011, Mr. Davis return to college and graduated from the University of Georgia with a BS. He has received several awards and recognition for his accomplishments on the field, while also being acknowledged for his community service off the field. In November of 2011, Mr. Davis accepted the Ed Block Courage Award. This award is given annually to one player from each NFL team who has shown great dedication, courage and will power despite it all. In 2010, Mr. Davis was named the Carolina Panthers Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Nominee. This award is the only league award that recognizes a player’s off-the-field community service, as well as, their playing excellence. In the same year, the Urban League of the Central Carolinas with a Leadership Award honored Mr. Davis for his community service work.

Mr. Davis clearly has a passion for football, assisting in positively impacting the lives of youth and he also has a passion for family. He truly enjoys time spent with his wife and their four adorable children.

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Kelly Davis

Executive Director

Wife of Thomas Davis and mother of four, Mrs. Davis provides leadership to the board & serves as the liaison for the foundation and community organizations in order to make the dreams of the youth we support come true. She holds a BS from Winthrop University. 

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Larry Mims

Community Relations

As Charlotte’s favorite deejay from Power 98 FM. Mims keeps the foundation connected to the community. He holds a BA from JCSU.

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Rob Brannon

Treasurer

With a love for his hometown of Charlotte, NC Brannon is a real supporter of service to the youth in the Charlotte community & surrounding areas. He holds a BA from the UGA.

denada-jackson-defending-dreams-charlotte-ncDenada Jackson

Public Relations

As a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, an organization with a community service background, Jackson brings a commitment to community & youth development. She holds a BS from NC A&T.

nick-d-auria-defending-dreams-charlotte-ncNick D’Auria

Volunteer Coordinator

As an intern with the Foundation in 2010, Nicholas D’Auria has since taken on the responsibilities of Volunteer Coordinator, using the skills & knowledge from his academic and business career to assist in the philanthropic endeavors TDDDF hosts throughout the year. Nicholas D’Auria earned his B.B.A from Campbell University and is currently a Juris Doctor Candidate for 2016 at Wake Forest University School of Law.