To The Top Contest





Kenn I. Hicks went to high school with Earl “The Goat” Manigault who is a basketball legend. The Goat has been featured in many books, magazines and the movie “Rebound” was made about his life story. The Goat was considered the highest jumping basketball player ever and would take quarters off the top of the basketball backboard.

For over twenty years, we have been sponsoring To The Top contest to see who can go to the top of the backboard and join The Goat as a high jumping basketball legend.


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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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