June 2, 2018


My name is Bobby Ford, the founder and creator of the Just Be Somebody Program. The “Just Be
Somebody” program was designed to encourage young people to grow socially, emotionally and
physically through the acquisition of basketball skills. My program focuses on the whole child gaining
life skills through basketball and positive mentoring experiences. Previous to starting my official JBS
program, I have had the opportunity to explore and refine many of the necessary skills this program
needs to be successful. My experiences include:

● Free Summer Basketball Programs at Quest Middle School 2011-2014
● Head Coach of Robert Morris University Men’s Basketball 2014-2018
● Bradley Men’s Basketball Hall of Fame Member Class of 1980
● Executive Director Sharon Health Care Woods 1988-2018
● Peoria Citizens Against Violence Board Member 2018

I have many years of coaching experiences from grade school through college and have a strong
desire to help middle school students be successful on the court and in the classroom. This year I
am reaching out to students in the 61605 zip code, working with the Peoria Police Department, and
other organizations to with the hope of improving community relationships, and changing the lives of

The estimated expense per child for this program is about 300.00 per year, which includes basketball
skills instruction and lunches throughout the summer, t-shirts, mentoring and skills training sessions
throughout the school year. I am not asking the students and their parents to shoulder the entire cost
of the program, I am instead asking for donations from local businesses and community members.
All donations go directly to the operating costs, student’s needs and program development.
Donations in any amount are greatly appreciated and we would be happy to put your business logo
on our t-shirts if donations are received by June 15th.

My program focuses on building the essential skills children need to be successful both on the court,
in the classroom and in life. I not only work with the students on the court, I plan on going into the
schools in the Fall to mentor and guide the students in their educational process. I know that sports
alone will not provide a vehicle for change, but the combination of sports, education and positive
mentoring can change a child’s life forever.

Thank you,

Bobby Ford

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