Over the past four years Ballin’ for Peace has hosted or co-sponsored more than 30 events. Our basketball tours and workshops have been a success on many platforms. We have hosted Ballin’ For Peace events from San Diego to Arizona (Val Verde Park, Baldwin Park, Long Beach Jordan High School, Courson Park in Palmdale, Jackie Robinson Park in Little Rock, Campanella Park in Compton, Fransworth Park in Altadena, Hubert Humphrey Park in Pacoima, Venice Beach, Washington High in Los Angeles, Pasadena City College, Robinson Park in Pasadena & San Diego, Precision High School in Arizona, & Staples Center with the Los Angeles Clippers).
Many of our events occur at venues located in the inner city because we believe that this is the best place to deliver a poignant message of hope and transformation. To solve the mounting problem of violence and under performance that poverty breeds, we must attack it at the source. And quite often, this means setting up shop in locations deep within the inner city where opportunities are minimal, and where people rarely travel far outside their communities.
When Program Director Ryan Hicks revitalized Ballin’ for Peace in 2007, he established a videotape library of all events sponsored by our organization or associated with the Ballin’ for Peace brand. As a media professional experienced in audiovisual production, Ryan Hicks has supervised the videotaping of Ballin’ for Peace activities ranging from major sports and musical events to workshops and interactive classes.
Recognizing that many younger people are largely visual learners, Ryan has launched an informal video informational campaign to promote the core message of Ballin’ for Peace. As Mr. Hicks explained to Los Angeles Web 2.0 Examiner reporter Barbara Bickham in a 2010 interview, television commercials are more likely to have a lasting impression on youth than written words. For the younger generation, T.V. advertising influences their decision to act rather than just sit around and think about a problem without ever taking action. As Ryan Hicks put it, “video is also easier to share with potential sponsors, donors and other [organizations]… that would like to participate in the program.”
Ballin’ for Peace prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected characteristics. We are committed to principles of equal opportunity and social justice for all people.