Celebrating Our Flock: Ray Terry
SEVERNA PARK, MD - Standing on the sidelines of Severna Park High School's varsity field must have felt natural to Ray Terry. Though the field had undergone a facelift and slight relocation, the native and alum of "SPHS" housed many memories for Terry and his high school athletics career as a Falcon.
This time, Terry returned to his alma mater not as an athlete, but as a coach and businessman. His organization, The FootDoctor Sports (FDS), was invited out to the Chesapeake Bayhawks' 2019 Training Camp to instruct the team's 40-some athletes how to optimize their athletic mobility.
Terry's career with The FootDoctor Sports did not begin right away. After graduating high school, Terry enlisted in the US Navy upon seeing his nation enter war. Enlistment brought Terry to Orlando, Florida where he started to seek out new career opportunities. Terry developed a background in urban planning and downtown redevelopment, allowing him to grow a skill set to help him aid new business. He brought this with him back to Maryland.
Working with non-governmental organizations and non-profits in Maryland, Terry had the opportunity to work with a variety of athletes and their non-profits. One of those athletes, former Baltimore Ravens cornerback Evan Oglesby opened the door wide open for Terry and his next venture.
"While up at - I believe it was Woodlawn High School - with [Evan] we saw this guy down at the end of the field training some kids," told Terry. "Evan was like, 'Look at him. Look at his training!' and I'm like, 'Yeah that looks pretty cool,' but Evan kept pointing him out to me. And the reason Evan kept pointing him out was because Evan wanted to talk to him but didn't want to go himself!"
The man that Oglesby kept shouting out was Seth Minter, a former wide receiver for the Bowie State Bulldogs. "So I went down and we talked to Seth, and Seth had some unique ways of looking at training that we hadn't seen before on the field... From there, we all just kept working together and Seth came to me and said, 'Listen, I need a business plan.' And I said, 'Well, that's what I do!'"
From there, Terry and Minter formed their business plan to expand Minter's unique training practices. Knowing that Minter couldn't run the business and deliver his style of training to the masses that would seek it, the two recruited "Agility Trainers" they would find on Instagram and ask them to join FDS.
"It's an organization of trainers that get together to help each other teach and learn, market for each other, and promote proper movement across the globe," said Terry speaking of his international business. "From everywhere from the sports community to developing nations we want to promote proper movement because with proper movement you have less instances of both traumatic injury and chronic pain in the future."
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