Disney Plus Spotlights the Inspiring True Story of Ray McElrathbey

They say it takes a village to raise a child, but in the case of Disney+’s new original film Safety, it takes a college football team. Safety is a powerful and moving drama inspired by the empowering story of former Clemson University football safety Ray McElrathbey (Jay Reeves), a young man facing a series of challenging circumstances, whose dedication and persistence help him to triumph over repeated adversities. Aided by his teammates and the Clemson community, he succeeds on the field while simultaneously raising and caring for his 11-year-old brother Fahmarr (Thaddeus J. Mixson). Safety premieres on Friday, December 11th, only on Disney+. It is a movie the entire family will love. Safety is a movie about brotherhood and coming together for the greater good, which is a message our society needs right now.

Ray and Fahmarr had a tough life growing up. It was the kind of life that hardens you. Ray thought he did not need anyone and he could do everything by himself. He did not have a picture perfect family growing up, just him and his younger brother. So when Ray took Fahmarr in, he thought it would stay the same. He realized he underestimated the responsibilities of being a student athlete and taking care of his younger brother. But his teammates, coaches, community and people he loved were always there to help even if Ray did not want the help and did not want to be seen as a charity case. He realized they saw him as family and wanted to help and support him. He learned to open his heart and accept help. Everyone needs a little help every once in awhile. Clemson changed Ray's life. Ray was Fahmarr's brother, father and anything he needed him to be. Safety is the story of a young man stuck in a situation where failure was not an option. Through sheer force of will, Ray does the impossible, which inspires the whole community around him to do the same.

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