Meet Our Valuable Team Members

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Kenn I. Hicks, Founder

Kenn I. Hicks, known as the “Godfather of Street Ball”, is behind the vision for Ballin’ For Peace. For over twenty-eight years, Kenn and the New Social Workers have been

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Ryan Hicks, Co-Founder

Ryan Hicks is dedicated to improving the lives of young people in Los Angeles through the love of basketball. His colleague, Sharon Batts, nominated Ryan for a Year of

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Sharon Batts
PR/Marketing & Media

Sharon Batts is owner and President of KIASHA Entertainment LLC, a Christian Entertainment and Promotions Company that coordinates world class events and music productions. Ms. Batts is a voting member of the Grammy Awards, Los Angeles Chapter. Sharon is…

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Asia Wildenboer
Marketing & Community Relations

As primary marketing personnel, Asia Wildenboer continues to increase the organization’s growth and visibility by obtaining new sponsors and clients for the organization while maintaining professional community relations. Asia received an award from the founders of New Social…

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Quenton Bowman
Community Relations

Quenton is dedicated to making a difference and being a positive role model. He is very active in the community and is responsible for the expansion of Ballin’ For Peace from Los Angeles into the Philadelphia metropolitan area. Quenton was a member of the N’credible Lifestyle marketing…

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Featured Video

Summer Basketball Showdown – September 2014
Despite the 90-degree temperatures, the Ballin’ For Peace Summer Basketball Showdown in Reseda Park during Labor Day weekend was a great success. With an unyielding hip-hop soundtrack and a constant G-rated jabber from announcer Marquis Moody, a series of games entertained parents, players and organizers. Sponsored by the New Social Workers, City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, Reseda Park and others, the event sought to bring a positive message, along with great play, to all who attended.
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About Ballin’ For Peace

Ballin’ For Peace-New Social Workers, a 501c3 non-profit organization, was formed to provide positive recreational activities for youth and adults in the community. NSW has hosted basketball programs, leagues, celebrity games and other entertaining events in the community since 1981. Our theme “Have a Ball without Drugs, Alcohol and Gang Violence” has been well received by several communities visited. Based in the Los Angeles area, Ballin’ For Peace provides workshops, employment opportunities, educational grants, scholarships, health care services and other programs for all ages. We partner with various read more

BFP In The News

Ryan Hicks Revamps Ballin' For Peace
Ballin' For Peace started as the Venice Beach tournament in 1979. Kenn I. Hicks founded the organization and brought street ball to the West Coast. Past athletes that have participated are Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) and Gilbert Arenas (Washington Wizards). In 2007, his son Ryan Hicks picked up the reigns and re-energized the organization. read more

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