Revin Fellow, COO/Co-founder of Books Over Balls, was raised in the Chatham neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side. On his way to play basketball at the Chatham YMCA, he would often pass the neighborhood drug dealers, who encouraged him to stay focused on his education. “In our community, the protection and the encouragement came from low-level guys standing on the corners,” Fellows says.
The 54-year-old former athlete went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in physical education and health from Aurora University and has devoted much of his life to mentoring youth in poor neighborhoods. He helped start Book over Balls, a non-profit organization that mentors Chicago’s youth and stresses education over violence.
Revin Fellows has been a prominent force in the Chicago Metropolitan area for more than two decades, dedicating a large portion of his career to community empowerment and being the primary strategic advocate for programs and projects that elevate “underserved” families consisting of seniors, adults, young adults, teens, ex-offenders and single parents. Through the use of excellent communication skills, professional expertise with social services, and formulation of key political relationships, he has sustained liaisons and strategic alliances that effectively and efficiently facilitate executions of plans resulting in notable successful outcomes for the community, businesses, public agencies, and private agencies alike.
Revin’s impressive experience includes Vice Chairman, National Black Agenda Consortium; Former Family Focus Lawndale Program Coordinator (for 15 years); Former Director of Mission Men Father Support Group (for 10 years); Director of Research and Community Outreach of National Block Club University (a Network of 250 Block Clubs); Former NCAA Division 3 Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Aurora University; United States Minority Contracts Advocate, Greater Far South Halsted IL RT 1; Chambers of Commerce Advisory Board; Employment Plan, Co-Author of “Blacks To Work State Government”; Legislative Advocacy 2010-22 Passed; Campaign Liaison for State Representative, LaShawn K. Ford of Eighth District; and Small Business and Workforce Development Advisory Group.