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.


Three time Pro Bowler 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.

Mr. Davis has been in the NFL since 2005 and has continued to be successful on and off the field. He spent 14 seasons with the Carolina Panthers and in 2019 signed with the Los Angeles Chargers. In 2011, Mr. Davis returned to college and graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science degree. The university has since inducted him into their Circle of Honor. He has received several awards and recognition for his accomplishments on the field, while also being acknowledged for his community service off the field. 

The Carolina Panthers named Thomas their Impact Player of the Year in 2016. At the Bart Starr Award Superbowl Breakfast the Athletes in Action present Mr. Davis their award for best exemplifying outstanding character and leadership in the home, on the field and in the community. Thomas was given the highest honor in the NFL in 2014 when he was presented with the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award during the NFL Honor Awards.

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.

kelly-davis-defending-dreams-charlotte-ncKelly 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. Kelly is also a family relationship expert on WCCB News Charlotte. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Winthrop University.

larry-mims-defending-dreams-power-98-charlottte-ncLarry Mims

Community Relations

As Charlotte’s favorite morning show radio personality on WPEG Power 98 as Nolimit Larry, Mims keeps the foundation connected to the community. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Johnson C. Smith University.

rob-brannon-defending-dreams-charlotte-ncRob Brannon


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. Robert works with new and existing homeowners to find their dream home as a popular real estate agent in Charlotte. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Georgia.

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. Denada owns a boutique public relations firm that works with small business, nonprofits and people that are brands. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from North Carolina A&T State University.

april-albritton-defending-dreams-charlotte-ncApril Albritton


April Albritton has spent over twelve years in the development fundraising community. Beginning her career in collegiate athletics, April was able to work with annual funds of one million dollars or more and close major gifts over the $50,000 mark. With a Bachelor of Science degree from University of North Carolina at Greensboro, April loves helping youth achieve their dreams.