Ricky is passionate and dedicated to bringing about positive change and equipping Aboriginal and Torres Strait girls with the tools they need to engage in their education, achieve their goals and change their communities.
Olympian and champion basketball player Ricky “Amazing” Grace was born in Dallas, Texas. A basketball scholarship at Oklahoma University kick started Ricky’s outstanding basketball career and he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Political Science) Degree.
Ricky arrived in Australia in 1990 and was recruited to the Perth Wildcats. His illustrious Australian career included four NBL championships, two grand final Most Valuable Player awards, four All-NBL First Team Selections. Today he is one of only five Wildcats players to have had their playing number retired. After receiving Australian citizenship in 1993, Ricky represented Australia as a member of the 2000 Sydney Olympic basketball team that placed fourth.
Throughout his career Ricky spent much of his downtime working with the community and running basketball clinics within schools, but he wanted to do something that had more substance.
Ricky graduated with a Masters in Educational Leadership in 1998 and in 2004 he founded Role Models and Leaders Australia. Ricky focused his energies on creating a program that would develop leadership and education engagement for at risk Indigenous youth in Australia.
Today, the Girls Academy program (the flagship program of Role Models and Leaders Australia) has reached many thousands of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls throughout Australia and the results speak for themselves.
Ricky is passionate and dedicated to the continued success of Role Models and Leaders Australia in bringing about positive change and equipping Aboriginal and Torres Strait girls with the tools they need to engage in their education, achieve their goals and change their communities.
The Girls Academy equips Indigenous girls with the tools required to engage in their education, achieve their goals and change their communities. Intensive one-on-one school and post school mentoring and support programs aim to reduce the barriers that prevent Indigenous girls from reaching their full potential.
Our program managers, support staff, mentors and role models are sourced from within the local communities of which we operate.
The Girls Academy represents the pinnacle of work readiness programs by fostering the skills required for better opportunities to contribute to the social and economic outcomes of the wider community. We continue to be driven by our mission ‘Develop a Girl: Change a Community’.