Ryan Lavarnway

Ryan Lavarnway

Ryan Lavarnway


Ryan Lavarnway is an ambassador for Shields & Stripes.

Retired Major League Baseball catcher and baseball Olympian Ryan Lavarnway played for eight MLB teams over his 10-year career, winning a World Series with the Boston Red Sox in 2013.

Before his professional baseball career, Ryan was the third-ever MLB draft pick out of Yale University, where he had a breakout year in 2007, leading the NCAA in batting average and slugging percentage.

Beyond the diamond, Ryan has transitioned into diverse roles as a television broadcaster, leadership consultant, and motivational speaker. He recently launched an inspirational podcast, “Finding the Way,” and wrote a children’s book, “Baseball and Belonging.” 

Ryan’s dedication to service and his passion for supporting veterans and first responders aligns perfectly with our mission to restore lives in crisis.

As a decorated athlete and a successful business founder, Ryan brings invaluable experience, inspiration, and a platform to amplify Shields & Stripes’ message and mission. He joins at a pivotal time as we strive to expand our reach and impact even more veterans and first responders struggling with PTSD and other non-visible scars.

Ryan’s unwavering commitment to giving back to veterans organizations demonstrates deep respect and appreciation for those who serve. This dedication resonates deeply with our core values, and we are confident Ryan will be a powerful advocate for our cause.

He currently resides in Denver with his wife, daughter, and dog.