Michael K. Ratzenberger

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Michael K. Ratzenberger passed away on April 18, 2021. He was born on

April 3, 1989, in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Vienna, VA. Mike loved his family and friends, animals, music, and humor. His main passion was sports, and he was a lifelong fan of all the Washington teams, as well as the Liverpool soccer club in the English Premiere League. He pursued educational opportunities to have a future behind the scenes of his favorite teams. After graduating from James Madison High School in Vienna in 2007, he graduated with honors from the Isenberg School of Business at UMass-Amherst in 2011 with a B.S. in Sports Management. In 2014 he got a law degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, CA, with a Sports Law Certification, and was admitted to the Maryland State Bar. He went on to get an advanced degree from the Sports Law and Business Program at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University in 2015. His happiest day was when he landed his dream job at Monumental Sports & Entertainment in Washington. D.C., where his position enabled him to explore his interests in both sports law and business.

Mike was involved in a number of charities, most recently Sports Biz CARES, which seeks to create career opportunities for individuals who are passionate about sports and currently underrepresented in the sports business. He was the market leader for Sports Biz Care’s Washington DC camps and activities, working tirelessly to connect young people from the DC Metro area to personal and professional development opportunities in sports and education.

Mike is survived by his parents, Jim and Sheila Ratzenberger of Vienna, his sister Emily Ratzenberger McNeill and brother-in-law Aaron McNeill of Falls Church, and loving family and friends across the country, all of whom will miss him dearly.

There will be a Celebration of Life event in remembrance of Mike on May 17 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Money and King Funeral Home, 171 Maple Avenue W., Vienna, VA 22180. Alternatively, those unable to attend can view a portion of the event live-streamed at 7:30 p.m. and sign the family guestbook at www.moneyandking.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Sports Biz scholarship fund established in his name at

Michael Ratzenberger Memorial Scholarship

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