ANDRE' KINSEY

Houston, TX


Andre' is the Director of our College Readiness Program. The purpose of this program is to prepare high school seniors for life after high school (i.e. college, military, trade school, etc) and assist college students who need guidance with career choices, financial aid, resume building, mock interview strategies, scholarships, and everyday life situations that occur in college. Our mission is to provide students with a plan of action that will assist them as they create a solid foundation and accelerate into the future.


Andre’ is a native of Savannah, Georgia  where he grew up with a strong love for music. As a teenager, he played the trombone in the Savannah High Marching, Jazz, Pep, and Symphonic Band  with dreams of playing in a Historically Black College University (HBCU) marching band after high school. Throughout his high school years, he was selected to play at the Florida State University Tri-State-Band Festival, District Honor Band for two years,  earned Section Leader, and earned a full band scholarship to Tennessee State University. At the beginning of his senior year at Tennessee State University, he came up against an adversity that led him away from Tennessee and to the heart of Texas. Houston, Texas  begin a new chapter in his  life. Unbeknownst to him, Houston was the place where he would find his purpose in life.

While in Houston Andre’ pursed the completion of his degree and graduated with his B.S. in Business Management from the University of Houston-Downtown. Andre’ has a strong passion to serve, empower, and mentor today’s youth. This passion includes a wealth of experience, knowledge, and wisdom. He served as a big brother in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program(501c3), a mentor in the Men with Divine Purpose Program(501c3), a mentor with Communities in Schools Mentoring Program(501c3), and a former board member for I-Neglect(501c3). His professional career consists of directing federal programs within the Pasadena Independent School District, where he and his staff serviced 100+ families per school year. During his spare time, he loves to exercise, read books, and spend time with his lovely wife. His favorite authors are Og Mandino, Napoleon Hill, and John Maxwell. His core values are God- “God is the head of my life and I believe in him and his promises.”  Family-“I have a strong desire to leave a legacy for my family and I will never give up on that desire.”  Purpose- “There is greatness within everyone and you should always invest your talents,treasures, and time into the lives of others.”

Always remember, “the task ahead of you is never greater than the strength within you.” 





Be A 9th Wonder Foundation, Inc


REMI YUSUF

Houston, TX


Remi Yusuf is the founder of Be a 9th Wonder Foundation. He  is a Houston native born and raised.  He’s married with 2 kids, a son named Shai and a daughter named Sarai’. Growing up on the South East side of Houston, he attended Dobie High School where he helped lead his basketball team to a District championship his senior year but ended up losing in the semi quarter finals of the state playoffs.

He went on to attend Texas A&M Kingsville where he received a full basketball scholarship and attained his Bachelors in Social Work along with a double minor in Sociology and Psychology. Remi is also certified in Special Education in the State of Texas.

During his collegiate career, Yusuf averaged 13.45 points per game in a Javalina uniform from 2002 to 2007 (he sat out 2004-05 due to a shoulder injury) and tailed 1,507 career points becoming the 20th player in school history to surpass the 1,000-point plateau.

2005-06 Yusuf received Player of the Year MVP honors after sitting out a whole season prior to but then returning to lead the LSC conference, North and South in scoring, with averaging a little over 19 points a game. He capped his Tamuk career by placing third on the all-time games played list, second on the steals chart (128) and fifth on the all-time scoring list. Yusuf is in the top 10 all-time in points, assists, rebounds, steals, minutes, field goals, and free throws on the single-season and career record books.

Professional Career

Proceeding College, Remi attended Pre Draft workouts with the Houston Rockets but went on to play internationally to further develop his skill set. He played in Colombia, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, played on 2 different teams in Eastern Europe, Slovakia and was eventually signed by the Houston Rockets in September of 2015 but was later on released.

Vision

Remi has a huge heart for youth and young adults and created an organization that helps propel kids into their future by using sports as a preventative method to help produce a Foundation in their lives. Be A 9th Wonder is comprised of a group of volunteers and partners that helps kids implore a lifestyle of self accountability, goal oriented, being active, hopeful, to persevere and to be resilient.  Helping re-direct at risk individuals in giving them an alternative than what they have currently experienced by showing today’s youth that they have value regardless of their circumstances. Be A 9th Wonder wants to instill in them that their ending can be greater than their beginning. Remi has been a mentor to over 28 boys and girls and has also assisted local and foreign student athletes in helping them find colleges or prep schools to attend.

Special Needs

Believing that everyone is different but equal, Remi has a heart for children with special needs. His younger sister was diagnosed with an unknown lung disease at the age of 12 that compromised her lifestyle and eventually lost the battle and passed away at the young age of 19 in 2011. Remi took note of all the things that his sister missed out on and all the things that she never got an opportunity to do because of her health condition, Remi wanted to make sure that those with Special Needs were a part of anything that he was involved in or at least given the chance to be included.


*He wears Purple in honor and remembrance of his sister, that was her favorite color. She was also born on September 9th, which birthed the name of the Organization…Be A 9th Wonder*



 



EJ KUSNYER 

Houston, TX


EJ was born and raised in the Pittsburgh, PA area and now resides in Houston, TX.   He played Division 1 basketball at Centenary College and Mercer University.  During his Senior campaign at Mercer (2009-10), EJ ranked 2nd in NCAA Division 1 with 107 3 FG made.  He followed his college career with a 5 year professional stint that included stops in the Netherlands, Canada, Australia, Hungary and Spain.  EJ is passionate about connecting people for positive results and runs an annual basketball Toy Drive in connection with our foundation that has provided Christmas' for 12 families since its inception 2 years ago.