Our Staff

OUR LEADERSHIP = OUR ROCK

ATTITUDE | ASPRIRATION | APTITUDE



Rudolph “Rock” Johnson, spent 20 of his 50 years of life in incarceration before embarking on his journey toward full redemption. As an Original Compton Crip gang member (‘O.G.’), this fatherless boy began his career of crime at the age of eleven, and ended it in solitary confinement at Folsom State Prison. After meeting legendary football player, actor and social activist Jim Brown, Rock turned his life around by joining Brown’s Amer-I-Can Program. This organization teaches a 90-hour course in life management skills that transcends race, religion and socioeconomic status. Rock is currently executive coordinator and personal assistant to Brown, who also serves as his surrogate father.

Through Rock’s tireless work at transforming lives through life skills, he discovered that basketball was a viable ‘fast track’ to not only ingraining viable ‘prosperity training’ but also assisting young men obtain ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunities at higher education. Rock has been acknowledged and celebrated on a local, regional and national level for his undying quest to build, reform and advance America’s youth. Rock is always looking for interested parties, partners, soul mates and kindred spirits to make a better world for us all.

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Rudolph “Rock” Johnson

Founder/Executive Director
rjohnson@icanyouthfoundation.org
(424) 243-6568

Mr. Johnson is responsible for the guidance and overall production of the youth program. He is a great mentor and motivational role model to not only the participants of the program but also the mentors and coaches that work under him in the program.


Akuyo Nichols

Director of Basketball Operations
anichols@icanyouthfoundation.org
(323) 905-4142

Ms. Nichols oversees all basketball operations.  She is a former athlete who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, and an Associates degree in Liberal Arts. Since 2002, Akuyo has devoted her time to mentoring student-athletes in the community. Her passion and hard work proves that she is on a mission to empower the young people of I-Can who aspire to become leaders themselves.


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Alexis Ladge

Treasurer
aladge@icanyouthfoundation.org


Anthony Collins

Youth Development Coordinator
acollins@icanyouthfoundation.org

Mr. Collins oversees youth basketball operations, is a head coach and a mentor. He has over 25 years of basketball experience, including playing college basketball, a career as a professional basketball player and coaching high schools and AAU.

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Simaine Stewart

Mentor/Head Coach
sstewart@icanyouthfoundation.org


Ken Michelman

Mentor/Head Coach
kmichelman@icanyouthfoundation.org

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Duane Cooper

Professional Trainer at DBA Basketball
Former NBA Player/USC Graduate
dcooper@icanyouthfoundation.org