Meet The Team

Jamyle Cannon | Founder, Executive Director
My eyes were opened to the impact of inequality when I was 8 years old. I moved from a well-resourced school to a school in a low-income area, and I immediately noticed the difference in expectations. I didn't understand it at the time, but that moment left me with a notion that something profoundly unfair was happening in my life. That notion has been confirmed, and it has guided my life since.
I received a Bachelors Degree in Social Work from the University of Kentucky. After winning the National Collegiate Boxing Championship in 2009 and deciding to end my boxing career, I committed to fighting education inequality by joining Teach for America. After 2 years in the TFA Corps in Phoenix, I moved to Chicago to help start DRW College Prep. While there, I started a boxing club in my classroom. That program grew in size and services until, in the fall of 2016, I launched The Bloc.
Acknowledgments: CNN Hero, Windy City Live 4-Star Chicagoan, New Covenant Development Corporation Community Game Changer Award, Play Like a Champion Rich O'Leary Community Sports Award.

Program Staff

Ras Asan Olugbenga
Operations Coordinator
Fredric Bowen
Head Trainer
Will Holcomb
Boxing Trainer, Al Raby
Tyler Matthews
Boxing Trainer, KIPP One

Board of Directors

Dave Stumbras
Marshall Associates
Zach Sloan
InnerCity Weightlifting
Jamyle Cannon
The Bloc

Associate Board

Christina Garcia
BMO Harris
Phil Masters
Tim Rudnicki
Ian Gibbs-Hall
Brian Murphy
Transmarket Group
Zak Rudzki
Justin Harenchar
Joyland Creative
Sahrish Saleem
Jacob Weiner
The Big Tech Company