2023 Conquering Kili Class
Retired NFL Player
Cliff enjoyed a 10-year NFL career as a defensive end that started in 2008 when he was drafted in the third round by the Detroit Lions. After playing in Detroit for 5 seasons, Cliff joined the Seattle Seahawks. Following the 2013 season, as a member of the Seahawks, Cliff won a Super Bowl – making history along the way by recording the fastest score in NFL history.
More than making a name for himself on the field, Cliff has become entrenched in communities around the world. Named the 2016 Seahawks Walter Payton Man of the Year, Avril was recognized for his impact off the field.
In 2014, Cliff, along with his wife Tia, formed the Cliff Avril Family Foundation. Equipped with the mission to encourage active lifestyles among today’s youth in an effort to decrease diabetes, Cliff became very hands-on in creating change.
The foundation hosts annual free football camps in Cliff’s hometown along with a family fun day event. Back in Seattle, Cliff mentors’ young boys through Odessa Brown; hosts a free health fair and football camp; partners with JDRF to raise money for Type 1 diabetes research and has raised more than $250,000 since 2015 by participating in Beat the Bridge; and has partnered with United Way, American Diabetes Association and a host of other nonprofits to help their efforts.
Near and dear to Cliff’s heart, is the affinity for his history. Through the Cliff Avril Family Foundation, Cliff built an elementary school in Haiti, serving more than 500 children; built 25 homes as a result of his on-the field performance and pledge; hosts quarterly mobile health clinics and teaches the game of football to more than 300 youth annually.
Cliff, a Florida native, played high school football at Clay High School in Green Cove Springs before attending college at Purdue. He is currently a real estate developer and investor. He resides in Bellevue, WA with his wife Tia and their two sons Xavier and Xander.
Each new Conquering Kili class accepts the challenge to embark for the summit, a walk that represents the miles that many African women journey on a daily basis to fetch water for their families. While training for the climb, each team member works to raise funds and transform communities through the gift of clean water.