The Visionaries

Jimmy Sanders

Founder and Co-director

Jimmy was an All City player at Westinghouse, is a member of the Public League Hall of Fame, and a highly regarded referee at the college and high school level. He founded this tournament in a church parking lot a decade ago, and has directed its growth ever since. A dedicated community organizer, Jimmy is known across the city for helping kids.

Shawn Harrington


Shawn played at Marshall High School before earning a full scholarship to college. He graduated with a degree in Communications in 1998. A survivor of gun violence, he was awarded the NCAS “Coach of the Year” award in 2015, and the IBCA’s first-ever “Courage Award” in 2018. Shawn’s dramatic story has been featured in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, HBO’s “Real Sports,” SLAM Magazine, the “The Today Show.”

Susan Cochran

Educational Director

Susan’s father was a highly successful college coach and she played college basketball. Her work at Gift of Hope led to the partnership with Hoops for Peace Chicago.

Rus Bradburd

Administrative Assistant

Rus is a Chicago native who coached Division I basketball for fourteen seasons. He is the author of four books, including All the Dreams We’ve Dreamed: a Story of Hoops and Handguns on Chicago’s West Side.

Rus, Shawn, Jimmy and Susan

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