Our Mission, Vision & Core Values

We Are Committed To Providing Positive Outreach Programs For At-Risk Youths

Our Mission

Ballin’ For Peace provides positive programs and services to at-risk youths. In collaboration with New Social Workers and KIASHA Entertainment LLC, our mission is to provide at-risk youth with an alternative to gangs and violence by promoting involvement in extracurricular activities. We are committed to providing positive outreach programs, such as basketball entertainment, workshops, educational information, health care services and community events. We are driven to remove the negative information surrounding youth and to make safe communities to live in, focusing on age groups 10 to 25, all cultures and ethnicities.

Our Vision

Our vision is to use recreation, entertainment, and knowledge to positively impact the lives of individuals from all walks of life, with primary focus for at-risk youths, and encourage them to “take a peaceful approach to life.” We are committed to showing our participants the value of embracing diversity, developing empathy for others, and improving their own life outcomes. One of our goals is to remove or override negative messages glorifying violence and crime by creating fun activities for families. We hope to inspire and enrich lives while strengthening the community. By having our events in the community, it will broaden relationships and in return make safer and healthier neighborhoods.

Our Core Values

Our core values revolve around the following characteristics:

  • Honesty
  • Integrity
  • Courtesy
  • Caring
  • Sportsmanship
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Inclusiveness
  • Accountability
  • Perseverance
  • Confidence combined with Humility

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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