MEET JIMMY RAMOS
Meet Jimmy Ramos, who won his first trophy playing sports with BUILD in 1978 when he was eight years old. Growing up in Humboldt Park, gangs and gunfire were everyday obstacles for Jimmy. For him and his friends, sports were a way to stay on the right path. "BUILD was always that one avenue that continued to put you in safe enviornments and gave you tons of choices," Jimmy remembers. Through BUILD, Jimmy found his first job and has stayed connected with the organization throughout his life. During his professional career, he has helped create change in the city of Chicago, and in the early 90s he helped train Michelle Obama and her team to identify gang graffiti. Today, he is the the Chief of Staff for the 21st ward in Chicago and serves as a member on BUILD's board. Listen to Jimmy's interview on our 50 Years of Stories podcast.