Ryan Hicks

Ryan Hicks, Co-Founder of Ballin’ For Peace

Ryan Hicks is the co-founder of Ballin’ For Peace, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of young people in Los Angeles through the love of basketball. As the new face and brand of Ballin’ For Peace, Ryan coordinates many community events while adhering to the guidelines and policies with the purpose of ensuring compliance with all government regulations, as well as maintaining alignment with New Social Worker’s, a 501c3 entity.

Ryan Hicks, Co-Founder

Some of Ryan’s great works and accomplishments includes:

  • Marriott Rewards Honoree for outstanding work in the LA community, September 2014.
  • Sponsored the winner of the NBA Sprite Slam Dunk Contest at Universal Studios City Walk, May 16, 2009
  • Awarded Certificate of Appreciation, August 2008 from former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for their exemplary work and positive activity that has helped to reduce serious gang violence in LA
  • Editor/Domestic Violence Prevention Boot Camp
  • Venice Beach Basketball Showdown
  • Ja’net DuBois NAACP Awards Speech
  • Special Events Program Assistant, New Social Workers of Los Angeles
  • L.A. Department of Recreation & Parks-Volunteer
  • Video Producer for the World Poker Tour, Borgata Winter Open
  • Imaginaire Promotional DVD (Originated from Cirquie Du Soleil)
  • Producer, Ballin’ For Peace Street Ball Tour
  • Producer, Ballin’ For Peace Compilation CD
  • Intern, Public Television Broadcast
  • Gear Up, Tutoring Program for At-Risk Youth

He is a native of California and a graduate of Kansas Wesleyan University holding a BA in Communications. His desire is to catapult its community of kids and youth while having passion to create safe and fun communities for all ethnicities and all ages.

Ryan has received numerous awards from various organizations in the community; he has appeared in many newspapers and can be captured on LA’s major news networks, ABC and NBC producing Ballin’ For Peace games and contests in neighborhoods.

His colleague, Sharon Batts, nominated Ryan for a Year of Surprises party to honor and celebrate his dedication to Ballin’ For Peace and his community. The party was decked out with a red carpet, surprise LA Clippers host, Jordan Farmar, performances by some Ryan’s favorite rappers, Calico Jonez™ & Young Fly, and an adorable 3-point contest for the kids. The evening concluded with a special surprise from Marriott Rewards with a check to the Ballin’ For Peace organization. The event was sponsored by Marriott International, Inc., held on September 13, 2014 at Renaissance Hotel LAX in Los Angeles. To commemorate the event, a documentary for the Ballin’ For Peace organization is featured on Marriott International YouTube channel, this is a first original program for the global hotel chain. The documentary features close friends, family and life time supporters of the organization.

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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