Skill and Faith Athletes
Ronald Bowie life change, April 2013 on Opening Day in Arlington, TX. It was the Texas Rangers vs. the Chicago White Sox. At the time my occupation was selling sports, music, and movie memorabilia. My booth was set up in an Arlington hotel lobby, where fans would stay during baseball games.After setting up, a customer of several years stopped by to visit, and asked me when was I going to update my product line? Every Opening Day I sold the same picture of a Nolan Ryan fight, simply because it was the most popular item in my line of products. I made the promise to bring something new the following year to my customer. But what, I had no clue. Late that afternoon as fans left the hotel, I decided to stroll over to the hotel bar where there was a group of people watching the Opening Day ceremony on the big screen. I decided to join and watch the festivities, and that’s when I saw it. I noticed a cameraman on the big screen, videotaping shots of the fans as they did “The Wave.” Then I saw a lady holding a sign. (And that’s when it hit me!). At that moment I told myself that it would be cool if the sign she was holding could be changed. Boom! A message from God entered my mind and he said, “How about a dry erase board? You can write and erase within seconds.” “Wow”, I thought, “This was it.” Then I pondered how I could make a board that was convenient enough to carry. Boom! Another message was sent down to me. God said to fold the board and like a sunshade that you would use to block the sun out of your vehicle.
Hey You! Signs are a special gift from God. I got my message. I hope my dry erase boards can help you share life’s important messages, too.
Richie Miller has been working for the Irving Police Department for the past 24 years. He has served in the patrol division, recruiting and personnel, and currently serves as a supervisor within the community services division. Specifically, he supervises school resource officers and youth investigators. His passion is found in working with youth within the community. He created and continues to coordinate the police department’s outreach programs known as Summer Hoops/Kicks. He also serves as a proud Big Brother within the Big Brothers Big Sisters Big's in Blue program. He has been married for 27 years to his wonderful wife. He is also the father of two daughters who are currently college students.
"I decided to be a part of S and F Athletes because of the positive direction they provide to students. This organization allows students to feel better about themselves, so they know that they matter. I believe kids have the capability of becoming whoever and whatever they want to be. This organization allows me to help guide and direct their path to a better life.”
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Bernadette Sneed move from North Caroline to Fort Worth in 1981 and has been in Texas for 35 years. She is a mother of 2 children and 2 grand-kids and also, has 4 honorary children and 9 honorary grand-kids. She has years of experience in customer service and has a big heart in giving back to help our youth, and community. She has done volunteering work since the 4th grade and love it. Through out the years, she has volunteered for high school basketball, pee wee football, high school volleyball, USA track and field. Debbie Allen Dance Academy (Fort Worth), and Big Brother Big Sisters just to name a few. Volunteering for S and F Athletes has filled a void in my life since the passing of my son. I enjoy watching some of the teens grow and work on their communication skill. Knowing the organization has projects that Help our youth's, gives me the passion to continue volunteering.
Sydnee Shorten is an Account Executive at Lockton Dunning Benefits, where Sydnee recommends, coordinates and implements a full range of HR benefit administration and risk solutions specific to life, disability, PTO and leave programs. In addition to being recognized as a leader in integrated absence solutions, Sydnee has over ten years of passionately protecting families and businesses through financial education and strategies. Sydnee developed a strong sense of devotion for the nonprofit sector during her early twenties, as a survivor of domestic violence. Sydnee was a program participant of non-profit organizations while recovering from the traumatic events and becoming self-sufficient. With a lack of parental guidance as a child, Sydnee later understood the impact, influence and importance of adult role models for the next generation. Sydnee’s life experiences are what drive her dedication and passion for making a difference in the world, one child at a time. .
MICHELLE TRIGG has been working for Irving Independent School District for 12 years. The first two years were at Elliott Elementary School and presently she works at the Jack E. Singley Academy High School. She also has previous experience as a secretary for an attorney’s office. She has been a mentor to students in both the two years she worked at the elementary school and the ten years she has worked in high school and was instrumental in helping several seniors graduate. She has also been a Team Mom to numerous baseball, football, and basketball teams over the last 15 years. Mrs. Trigg was born in Okinawa, Japan, grew up in New Jersey, and was “transplanted” to Texas 24 years ago. She has been married for 21 years, has a wonderful son and daughter-in-law, and an exceptional new grandson.
Blessing Ogiata Blessing Ogiata is a graduate of Bowie State University class of 1999. While at Bowie she was a part of the NASA program where she served as a Satellite Command Controller. `Gathers data collected from the Sun and submit the information to NASA for further testing. After graduating with a Computer Science degree Ms. Ogiata has worked as a Web and SharePoint Designer/Developer for 20 years providing website services to the Federal Government and Private sector. She has successfully provided strategic solutions in web design and implantation of web application for the US Army & Army Reserve, Veterans Affairs, Department of Transportation, DTC Technology and Women of Freedom Foundation just to name a few.
In 2011 Ms. Ogiata lived in Doha, Qatar for two years to serve as a Web Specialist for the CENTCOM Joint Theater Support Contracting Command (C-JTSCC) supporting the region of Qatar, Afghanistan and Iraq. Instrumental in providing critical and time sensitive web support that ensure beneficial mission support to combat troops. Her support to the Command earned her a Commanders Coin from the C-JTSCC two Star Commanding General for outstanding performance. Ms. Ogiata has volunteered her time with the Epilepsy Foundation Metropolitan Washington in assistant with awareness and outreach within the Washington DC area. She is also very active in her community by volunteering her time to the local District Office, and in getting individuals to come out and vote. Ms. Ogiata joined the Skill and Faith Athletes family in October 2018 when she relocated to Dallas Texas from the Washington DC area. She is humble to be a part of the Board and help impact the lives of our youth to be a contributing member in their community.
“I have always enjoyed working with children of all ages and I’m committed to being a part of an organization that will foster students in their athletic and academic success.”
Skill and Faith Athletes
Every difficulty lies a opportunity. Whatever you're struggling with, it helps to hear words of encouragement that remind us that we all take knocks in life, but the best things in life come through persistence. I believe all children should have an opportunity to taste success and that is what I believe S and F Athletes give our youth.
One of her favorite quotes to individuals who are struggling or doubting themselves is “Everything you need to accomplish your goals is already in you”.
SHANNON LEE is a Clinical Social Worker, a licensed professional counselor, and a licensed marriage and family therapist. She is an honor graduate of Letourneau University having earned a Master’s in Counseling. She is an honor graduate of the University of Phoenix having earned a Bachelor’s in Psychology. She has held positions as Primary and Secondary Teacher, Professional Speaker, Safety Coordinator, and Site Coordinator for the Dallas Independent School District. She is a Certified Tax Preparer and a Texas Notary currently training as a Texas and National Signing Agent. She is a Choreographer, a published poet, and she has served as Board Treasurer and Director of Dance for Lancaster Lil Tigers, Lancaster, Texas. Ms. Lee has achieved membership in the National Honor Society, Alpha Beta Kappa Honor Society, Delta Omega Honor Society in Public Health, and Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology. She was recognized for Texas Afterschool Centers on Education (ACE) Program Top Family Engagement Leader, and the Dallas ISD Business Education Career Preparation Program. She is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, the American Association of Notaries, the National Notary Association, TaxPro.org (IRS), and the National Society of Tax Professionals.
We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community … Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own. -- Cesar Chavez
Building a community where ALL children have the opportunity to succeed