Our Leaders

DAVIONNE AMIE:

Davionne Amie never let the fact that his father was serving an 18-year prison sentence for most of his life get in his way. Nor did he allow his success be impeded by his mother walking out on him at birth. Raised by his grandmother and brother, Davionne quickly excelled as a student, earning placement in the gifted program during elementary school, ultimately graduating from Crenshaw High School with a 3.3 GPA as a Silver Honors graduate.

He began his journey as a member of notable Pop Warner Programs – the Crenshaw Cougars and the Baldwin Hills Bruins – before earning a spot on the Crenshaw High School varsity football team.

Following his graduation from Crenshaw, Davionne’s football skills allowed him to walk on to the football team at Arizona State University. He then transferred to Pasadena City College, where he earned an Associate’s Degree in communications, and ultimately a football scholarship to Southwestern Oklahoma State, where not only excelled as a student-athlete, but earned a Bachelor of Science degree in management and graduated with a 3.0 GPA.

Davionne’s life and work experience has continued to expand over the years, as he successfully completed an internship for Versoro Entertainment, working directly with Cash Warren and former NBA all star Baron Davis. Davionne also worked for ELA Productions – a concert production company for two years as an event consultant.

He has also built a strong relationship with the Sony RCA music group, “Overdoz,” and is best friends with one of its members. Davionne also accompanied them on a 30-state tour in 2013, enhancing his knowledge of the music industry, while enjoying an invaluable experience to spend time with his close friends.

His aspirations stretch beyond his diverse life and work experience, as he hopes to impact the world through involvement in the community, primarily in the fields of youth programming and mentorship. As he grew up without a mentor to look up to and seek guidance from, he wants to help kids, who come from similar backgrounds, an opportunity to have such a figure in their lives. Additionally, he plans on using his love and knowledge of sports and business, to become an agent for professional athletes, hoping to help successfully further their careers in any way possible.

LORENZO McCLOUD 

Born and raised in South Central Los Angeles, Lorenzo McCloud recognized from an early age that he had options in life. He saw the familiar culture of gang violence that surrounded him and ravaged his community, but chose to avoid it. He sought a lifestyle that would open new doors and change his life, as well as that of those around him.

Lorenzo opted to attend Artesia High School in Lakewood, CA, allowing him to get away from South Central. There, as a member of the varsity basketball team, he became close friends with future NBA superstar, James Harden. After spending three years at Artesia, Lorenzo returned to South Central, where he attended Compton High School, befriending yet another future NBA all star, DeMar DeRozan, who was his teammate on the school’s basketball team.

Although returning brought Lorenzo back to the environment that he had been trying to avoid, it was different this time. He was older and possessed more control over the situations he faced. This experience further widened his view, because now he was seeing the younger kids who looked up to him and needed his guidance. Lorenzo instantly became a role model because of how structured and focused he was.

While in high school, Lorenzo became close with “Coach Vic,” who served as his mentor and helped show him what it takes to get to the next level as a basketball player. Before this, Lorenzo, like so many other youths, believed “it just happens.” Coach Vic opened Lorenzo’s eyes, taking him to workouts and instilling a sense of what he was going to have to do to achieve his dreams as a basketball player.

Following his graduation from high school, Lorenzo continued his pursuits as a basketball player attending prep school in Mississippi for a year before heading to Panola Junior College in Carthridge, Texas to begin his freshman year of college.

Lorenzo’s desire to become a positive impact in the lives of kids and communities similar to the ones he grew up in when his brother was shot and fully-paralyzed (and soon after, passed away) as a sad and unnecessary consequence of gang violence.

He then moved to Santa Rosa Junior College for his sophomore season, averaging 18.2 PPG and earning First Team All State and First Team All Conference honors. Lorenzo’s efforts in the classroom earned him an Associate’s Degree and an athletic scholarship to the University of the Pacific, where he majored in communications and became a fixture of the basketball team. In his final season, he led them to a conference championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament, as the team’s captain and leading scorer.

Empowered by his journey and life experiences, Lorenzo became the first person in his family to graduate from college, ultimately realizing that he possessed a unique opportunity to positively and significantly impact the lives of kids facing circumstances similar to the ones he was confronted with as a youth growing up in South Central Los Angeles.

With his tremendous arsenal of resources and connections, paired with his passion for helping others change their lives for the better, Lorenzo aims to use his resources and goals to make a difference in the lives of the kids who look up to him as a role model. He might just be getting started, but Lorenzo McCloud is confident that he will be able to be a difference-maker in the lives of many at-risk youths and within their communities.

 

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