OUR AMAZING BOARD
Bringing Talent to the Table
BELIEVE Foundation is committed to investing our expertise and resources in order to further achieve our vision. Since 2014, we’ve been supporting the youth of our community in a variety of ways. We measure our success not by our monetary size, but by more valuable measurements such as the effectiveness of our efforts. IMAGINE WHAT WE CAN ACCOMPLISH TOGETHER!
Musician/Music Producer/Sports Director/Youth Mentor
Gregory C. Smith
Being raised as the son of one of South Los Angeles longest serving Ministers, Greg credits this strong influence, sports and music to be the defining forces in his life. Growing up playing drums at his father's church, he was surrounded by a loving family of talented performers and community servants, where he thrived.
As a child, he witnessed daily destruction and death brought on by gang violence. As an adult, Greg is committed to be a strong force of positive change in these communities. He is passionate about the fact that ALL children deserve hope and a chance for a better future.
Majoring in Television and Music at Whittier College, his musical talents landed him on tour with a Grammy Award winning Gospel Artist. After touring the world, Gregory formed a band that took second place on Dick Clark's ABC special Battle of the Bands. Through this amazing experience, he earned the interest of legendary Entertainment Mogul, Dick Clark, who took Greg under his wing for 2 years and served as his mentor. His guidance was immeasurable.
After two decades of performing and producing music, he became dedicated to pay it forward by teaching at charter schools and after school programs. It was here that he really saw the overwhelming need to help the youth in these communities. From this drive, he created the B-Ballers Hoop School using sports to teach real life lessons. This experience was so gratifying that he continues to grow this basketball camp today, reaching into as many communities as possible, to continue to impact the lives of these inner-city children.
Through these life experiences, he became inspired to pay it forward and address the desperately rising need looming over our inner-cities. Through this inspiration, he created the BELIEVE Foundation. His mission, to inspire our youth through Sports, Music and The Arts.
B-BALLERS HOOP SCHOOL
Using Sports to teach Life Lessons...
Greg Smith mentors our youth in a variety of ways.
B-Baller Hoop School was born out of the necessity to keep our kids off the streets and busy on the weekends. Engaging in sports gives them a healthy focus.
Dr. Daniel E Walker PhD
Dr. Daniel E. Walker is a scholar, filmmaker, social entrepreneur, and dynamic speaker. He is also the Board Chair of the BLU Educational Foundation. This agency leads the fight to develop organic community leadership and to increase the college graduation rates in students of color. Dr. Walker is a Research Associate at the University of Southern California's Center for Religion and Civic Culture. Being a History Professor at El Camino College, and Founding Director of the Long Beach Indie International Film Festival are amongst a few of his many achievements.
Musical Maestro/Emmy Award winning Celebrity Arranger, Director and Composer
Michael Bearden is a music director, keyboardist, composer, producer, arranger and conductor. He was the music director for Michael Jackson’s 'This Is It' tour. He works on George Lopez’s late night show, Lopez Tonight on TBS. He’s the Music Director for many celebrities such as Lady GaGa, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Usher, Rod Stewart, Mary J. Blige and more. Michael has performed, recorded and/or produced for Whitney Houston, Quincy Jones, Sting, John
Mayer, Stevie Wonder, Liza Minnelli, Elton John, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Christina Aguilera and Herbie Hancock, to name a few. Michael’s scores include Drop Squad (Spike Lee), The Visit, Constellation, and music for Swingtown CBS),The Game (CW), HBO, etc. Michael was the principal keyboardist on Obama’s inauguration concert and is an active Trustee for The Recording Academy.
Music Educator at UCLA, Emmy Award Winner
Sean Holt's creative direction has provided Emmy Award winning music and sound design for over 1,400 nationally broadcasted commercials and television programs, as well as content for live events and numerous recording artists. Vice President, Al Gore, and Live Aid creator, Kevin Wall, contracted Sean to provide the international broadcast theme music for “Live Earth – A Climate in Crisis.” Over 2 billion people on seven continents heard over 70 pieces during what was the world's largest television simulcast in history.
Music Educator at USC, Grammy Award Winner
Jeffrey Weber has been a widely recognized music industry professional for over thirty years. Along the way his projects have yielded two Grammy’s, seven Grammy nominations, at least seventeen top ten albums, two number one albums and an assortment of other honors. His specialties are record label business model re-definition, A&R, Music Supervision for film and TV, Music Production, Interactive Programming, Marketing, Sales, Digital Distribution, Business Affairs, International Relations, Art Direction & Educator.