Ryan Hicks Nominated for Year of Surprises

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Marriott’s Rewards Year of Surprises

Sharon Batts, President of Kiasha Entertainment, LLC and colleague, nominated Ryan Hicks 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 Los Angeles Clippers host, Jordan Farmar, performances by some of Ryan’s favorite musical artists such as 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 Rewards 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.

Marriott Rewards’ Year of Surprises will be a series of monthly webisodes, each featuring a celebrity host helping deliver the surprise of a lifetime to deserving community members. The first webisode premiered on October 31, 2014 on YouTube with basketball star Jordan Farmar hosted the first episode, honoring Ryan Hicks of Ballin’ for Peace. Marriott’s ordered fifteen YouTube episode program will run through December 2015.

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

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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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