Please join us in welcoming Ralston Turner to the Alley Oop Hoops Board of Directors!
Ralston is a North Carolina State University graduate, as well as a former basketball player for the Wolfpack and LSU Tigers.
After years of playing basketball professionally, Ralston has become a decorated financial advisor, working for some of the biggest investment companies such as Merrill Lynch and now Morgan Stanley.
Ralston’s career path has given him a unique perspective which he has imparted to many, including recently with student athletes at both The University of Wilmington and Shaw University.
Ralston’s presence on the board provides a source of wisdom and mentorship for the youth involved with Alley Oop Hoops.
Connect with Ralston on LinkedIn here.
Alley Oop Hoops distributes 125 Chromebooks at LeVelle Moton's Velle Cares' "Single Mother's Salute"Read Now
Last weekend, at Coach LeVelle Moton’s 7th Annual Single Mothers Salute, Alley Oop Hoops donated 125 Chromebooks so that each mother in attendance had a Chromebook for their family.
Our Board Member, Michele Douglass shared her "why” in our organization making this donation, even more special with Michele having attended the event each year prior as one of those single mothers.
Social Media Influencer, Jessica Hall, covered the event in a reel that can be found here.
We are consistently impressed and motivated by Coach Moton’s efforts in the community – he sets the tone for leading community impact through partnership, and we know the Alley Oop Hoops x Velle Cares has a lot we can accomplish together.
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Please join us in welcoming Michele “Cheley” Douglass to the Alley Oop Hoops Board of Directors!
Cheley received her Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation/ Recreation Therapy at Shaw University. She has several certifications including, Mental Health First Aid Responder, Behavioral Specialist, and Crisis Counselor. Cheley currently attends North Carolina Central University and will complete her masters in social work with an adjacent certification as an Addiction Specialist in May 2022.
As an active community service contributor in many areas of North Carolina, including her hometown Raleigh, Cheley has a persistent passion for volunteering, encouraging, and advocating for the at-risk populations.
After years employed in Behavior Psychology, Cheley transitioned her career to Wake County Public School System’s central services special education department. While providing the occupational course of study for high school student’s education in self-awareness, job readiness, and life skills, Cheley collaborates with large and small businesses to provide community resources and employment opportunities for adolescents.
Connect with Michele on LinkedIn here and on Instagram here.
Vaco Raleigh contributes an additional $5K to Alley Oop Hoops to go toward LeVelle Moton's "Single Mother's Salute"Read Now
Alley Oop Hoops is excited to announce our continued corporate sponsorship with Vaco, a premier talent solutions firm!
Vaco’s Raleigh office has awarded Alley Oop Hoops with a second $5,000 contribution to our Chromebook Drive, supporting no less than 45 Chromebooks to be distributed to students in need. The entirety of the donation will go dollar-for-dollar to Chromebooks.
Though Vaco is a talent and transformation company, the organizations high-level goals are far loftier. Through multiple associations and strategic partnerships, Vaco has cemented itself as a pillar in Triangle economic development and start-up growth. “To take the Triangle to the next level, organizations need to be more diverse, not just based on race and gender, but also in financial privilege and opportunities granted,” says Sid Mitchener, senior managing partner at Vaco. With the firm belief that “talent is equally distributed, whereas opportunity is not,” Vaco has set out to level the opportunities our community is offered. This includes holding monthly start-up mentorship and coaching, offering mock interviews for underserved groups, and investing in a diverse talent pipeline, particularly within STEM education. Sid adds, “We see the work Alley Oop is doing with our future generations and this is truly what will unlock the potential for both the individuals served, and the region as a whole.”
Given Vaco’s corporate and community focus on technology, finance and accounting, we are thrilled Vaco has agreed with the critical role that access plays in achieving positive outcomes.
ABOUT ALLEY OOP HOOPS
Alley Oop Hoops is a mentoring program connecting youth to community advocates through our shared love of the game of basketball. Our mentors help student athletes reach their full potential on and off the court, with programs focused on leadership development, STEM education, entrepreneurship, career readiness, community engagement, and wellness, both physical and mental. The organization was founded in June 2020, as an approved 501(c)(3) charitable organization, EIN 85-1483359. All contributions are tax deductible. Alley Oop Hoops loves partnering with local leaders similarly committed to the development of our future generations.
Vaco provides boutique level service with global reach in the areas of consulting, consultative project resources, executive search, permanent placement and strategic staffing. Areas of expertise include c-suite search, accounting, finance, technology, health care IT, operations, administration and international managed services. Since its founding in 2002, Vaco has grown to serve more than 40 markets across the globe, 9,800 employees and $700 million in revenue. Vaco has been named to Inc. magazine’s list of the fastest-growing private companies for the past 14 years and was named to Forbes’ 2018 & 2019 lists of America’s Best Recruiting Firms.