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 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’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 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.