Formed in June 2011, Future Superstars, NFP (the “Organization”) is the realization of Founder Kiwane Garris’ dream to provide a means to keep children off the streets and away from violence by providing them positive influences through the medium of basketball.
I was extremely fortunate to be able to utilize basketball as a means to change my life circumstances. After playing basketball at Westinghouse H.S., my career path took me to the University of Illinois, the NBA and a decade-long professional career in Europe. Based on my personal experience with the challenges facing young children being raised in the inner city, I know that I must give back to the community and try to help the next generation of Chicago’s youth. -Kiwane Garris
Future Superstars, NFP was exempted from Federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”) on September 12, 2011 (click here for IRS determination letter). As a recognized public charity, contributions to the Organization are tax-deductible under Section 170 of the Code.
To see a copy of our 501 (c)(3) Confirmation, click HERE.
To see a copy our recorded Articles of Incorporation, click HERE
“MAJOR PLAYERS” OF FUTURE SUPERSTARS
Kiwane Garris | CEO/President | [email protected]
Raised on Chicago’s west side, Kiwane is a 1993 graduate of Westinghouse High School. After a stellar high school basketball career, he took his skills to the University of Illinois’ Fighting Illini. By the time Kiwane left the Illini, he stood second only to Deon Thomason on the team’s all-time scoring list. After his standout collegiate performance, he logged time with the LA Clippers, Denver Nuggets, Sacramento Kings, and Orlando Magic. He then moved on to a 12-year professional career in Europe. He won a bronze medal playing for the US National Team in the 1998 FIBA World Championship. Kiwane has appeared in the reality shows RnB DIvas and Marriage Bootcamp with his wife, singer/songwriter, and fellow Chicagoan, Syleena Johnson. They have three sons, Kai, Kiwane, Jr., and Kingston. Kiwane is currently working at Gwinnett County Public Schools (Georgia) as varsity boys assistant coach and teacher.
During the last 15 years, Albert has motivated and inspired youth throughout “trouble areas” inside Chicago’s city boundaries. As a prevention/recreational specialist, Albert has worked closely with Juvenile Court, Board of Education, homeless youth and many different gangs. His dedication to at-risk youth has been recognized with numerous awards, including Anheuser-Busch’s Unsung Hero Man of the Year Award; Austin YMCA Man of the Year Award; Chicago Public Schools’ Benevolent Award; Youth Guidance Motivational Speaker of the Year. In short, Albert Sharp develops relationships with ignored and feared youth who need help to overcome the negative influence of street life.
Charles Tabb, Jr. | VP/Director of Operations | [email protected]
Charles attended Kiswaukee College in Malta, Illinois. He works for Chicago Public Schools and his duties are working as a paraprofessional in the Special Ed. department and Assistant Athletic Director for the Sports programs. As the Director of Future Superstars; his skills include mentoring youth, managing budgets, facilitating sports camps, coordinating tournaments, building relationships with alumni, athletes, and parents. Charles works well as a team player, and believes in communicating with administration, colleagues, children, and parents in and around our programs. Aside from his professional career, Charles’ other accomplishments include being a foster parent for 12 years; volunteering as a Big Brother at the Boys & Girls Club, and becoming a mentor for the Men of Austin Mentor Program in Chicago.
Syleena Johnson | Director of Nutrition | [email protected]
Syleena earned a Bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, in Nutrition Science from Drake University. With a passion for nutrition and tness, Syleena created SheLeanLife.com, a website with practical tools to help women achieve better lives through diet, exercise, and a wellness mindset. She authored The Weight Is Over, a book (and blog) about her own journey of physical and lifestyle transformation. Syleena is also a Grammy-nominated R&B singer/songwriter who has worked with renowned artists such as Kanye West and Common.
Kisha Roberts-Tabb | Director of Girls’ Youth Programs | [email protected]
Kisha Roberts-Tabb is the Human Tracking/ Gender Responsive/ LGBTQ Specialist for Cook County Juvenile Probation Department and founder/CEO of SOCIAL Butter y Foundation, a rite-of-passage and mentoring program for girls aged 13-16. Kisha holds a BA in Politics and Government from Illinois State University, an MPA from Governor State University, and is currently a PhD candidate in Community Psychology from National Louis University, Dissertation: Law Enforcement Attitudes and Perspectives toward Human Tracking Victims. She has created several social campaigns including an HIV awareness campaign; B…Smart, B…Safe…B-Fly; and Protect Your Purse; and anti-tracking, By Force Not Choice campaign in an attempt to bring awareness to the negative e ects of high-risk sexual behavior in adolescent girls, and eradicate urban tracking one girl at a time.
Erika Guest | Director of Marketing | [email protected]
Erika graduated from the University of Illinois with a BS in Business Administration and Marketing. Over the past few years, she has enjoyed a successful sales career both as owner of a medical consulting company and as a real estate entrepreneur. During her free time, Erika enjoys each phase of her children’s lives, volunteering for the Future Superstars organization, the Ogden Avenue PTC as the VP of Fundraising, and the Rotary Club. Erika enjoys running, snow skiing, and traveling.
Scott Andresen | Secretary and Consultant
Scott was responsible for setting up Future Superstars’ corporate entity and securing our 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. Going forward, Andresen will be the Secretary of Future Superstars, as well as providing legal and business advice and consult.
Andresen is the founder of Andresen & Associates P.C., a Chicago-based law rm that focuses its offerings in the areas of sports law, entertainment and the arts, intellectual property and a wide array of legal and non-legal services and consultation to clients ranging from small entrepreneurs to multi-million dollar corporations. In addition to serving as an adjunct professor teaching sports law at Northwestern University and Columbia College-Chicago, Scott is also a frequent contributor to various national television, print and online media outlets on sports law topics.