In April 2018, Alliance Reservations Network was proud to sponsor a 16-year-old football player for the Rat Pak, a 7-on-7 youth football team based in Central Florida. The aspiring athlete was able to travel outside Florida for the first time to compete in the 2018 Adidas 7v7 National Championship in Los Angeles.
The tournament took place at El Camino College on April 7-8, and the team placed 19th overall. Numerous players were bombarded by offers from multiple U.S. college football teams. Our sponsored player in particular received over 10 offers due to his performance in the competition, including one from UCLA.
The entire experience was a big win, with most of its players leaving the state of Florida for the first time. Before the competition, they took time to see the sights down Hollywood Boulevard and the Pacific coast.
Rat Pak Creates Opportunities through Football
Rat Pak was founded by Keiwan Ratliff, former NFL and University of Florida cornerback. After retiring from playing in 2013, Ratliff knew he wanted to remain close to the sport but wasn’t sure how. A former teammate of his, Guss Scott, introduced him to 7-on-7 football and the opportunity it provides to young athletes.
Rat Pak now serves as an all-star mentoring program for young football players. Kids as young as eight have the opportunity to be trained and mentored as part of Rat Pak’s recruiting services. All this is an effort to expose players to top college football teams around the country. The goal is ultimately to be recruited to the football team and offered scholarships to attend college.
The best young athletes from around central Florida train with Coach Ratliff and his Rat Pak. In addition to athletic conditioning, kids receive tutoring for the ACT and SAT exams, and are encouraged to keep up their grades in school.
Ratliff himself recently graduated from the home of his former team, the University of Florida. He believes this will further motivate his students to not only pursue a pro football career, but also an education.
Alliance Reservations Network supports the Rat Pak in their mission, and we continue to encourage our employees to make a difference in their communities by volunteering.