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Save the date: July 23
2013-14 Teen Heroes named
Future Heroes ready for summer
Heroes hold youth conference

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Hassan Ramzah  is the newest member of the Real Men, Real Heroes board of directors. He serves as commander of the Wichita Police Department's Patrol East division. He has been with the Wichita Police Department since 1990, after serving six years in the U.S. Army. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Southwestern College and a master's degree in business administration from Wichita State University, where he is a member of adjunct faculty in the criminal justice department. Hassan also serves as a mentor for Big Brothers/Big Sisters and is a trustee for the Wichita Children's Home. He is also a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, our partner in the Alpha Esquires program. Thank you for your service, Hassan.





Isrrael Garcia, Jr., a Teen Hero and senior at South High has been named a Gates Millenium Scholarship Winner, one of only four in the state of Kansas. The scholarship allows a student to attend the college of his choice and covers all costs through completion of all degrees pursued. Isrrael is a graduating senior at South High, runs cross country and track, and participates in Youth Entrepreneurs of Kansas, as well as Teen Heroes, among other activities. After graduation he plans to attend Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. Congratulations on this prestigious honor, Isrrael!






Teen Hero Conner Frankamp finished off his North High basketball career by becoming the City League scoring champion, taking the title from previous Teen Hero Perry Ellis, then proceeded to win a 3-point shooting contest on national television. The 2013 U.S. Marine Corps High School 3-Point Championship was broadcast on CBS before the Final Four game featuring Wichita Sate. He landed 22 of 25 consecutive shots. Next year, Conner will play basketball for the University of Kansas Jayhawks.




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Congratulations to Buddy Shannon, RMRH board president honored received the Hero Award presented by the Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority at their annual scholarship fundraising banquet. Buddy was escorted by his lovely wife, Ollindia Shannon.  































































MAY 2013

Teen Heroes Isrrael Garcia, Courtney Allen, Courtney Nance, Emily Person and Kyle Elliott  spoke to students at Minneha Elementary about coping with homework and bullies.
Teen Heroes Conner Frankamp and Kiah Duggins spoke to more than 600 children at Gardiner Elementary. More than 600 people saw this image after it was posted on our Facebook page.
Dear Heroes and supporters,

After extended unseasonably cool weather, spring is finally here! For Real Men, Real Heroes that means it is time to congratulate a graduating group of Teen Heroes and welcome a new group. We also look ahead to summer activities like outings with the Future Heroes and our annual July Recognition Event. Please  mark your calendars now and save the evening of July 23 for our gathering at
Abode Venue, where you will get a chance to meet and honor Heroes young and old. 

Save the Date:  Recognition Event  set for July 23, 2013

Riccardo Harris, author and mentor, to receive Pride Award

Riccardo Harris
Real Men, Real Heroes will host its annual recognition event on Tuesday, July 23 at Abode Venue, 1330 E. Douglas. This marks our sixth year of recognizing the middle and high school students who participate in the Future Heroes, Teen Heroes and Alpha Esquire programs. These programs provide mentoring, tutoring and access to positive role models while encouraging academic excellence, and community outreach.
This event will also recognize the life experiences, accomplishments and contributions of:
  • Riccardo Harris, author of "Misery to Motivation" - Pride Award recipient and keynote speaker 
  • Linwood Sexton - Pride Award recipient
  • D.W. Carter, author of "Mayday Over Wichita" - Special Recognition
  • Bonita Gooch, "The Community Voice" - Special Recognition

Tickets are $30 per person. Payments can also be accepted thru PayPal on our website:

Please send payment (checks payable to Real Men, Real Heroes):

Real Men, Real Heroes

Attn: Christina Dotson, RMRH Program Specialist

2755 E. 19th St. N

Wichita, KS 67214


Teen Heroes named for 2013-14 school year

A great group graduates while juniors step into a new role

Real Men, Real Heroes is excited to name the Wichita high school juniors chosen to serve as 2013-2014 Teen Heroes:
  • Dee Tucker (South)
  • Aisha Duggins (Northeast)
  • Amber Davis (Northwest)
  • Tia Fox (South)
  • Amy Vuong (Southeast)
  • Tomas Lopez (North)
  • Tarius Williams (North)
  • Derick Holmes (Southeast)
  • Ben Cress (South)
  • Brae Ellis (Heights)

Students are chosen on the basis of academic achievement and extra-curricular involvement, as well as ability to serve as inspirational speakers to groups of younger students.  The Teen Heroes program was started in 2009 when RMRH identified  a demand among elementary and middle school students for younger role models who are both male and female. 

Selected students agree to participate in speaking and mentoring activities; in return for their service, each one receives a $500 scholarship. Funding for the scholarships is graciously provided by Cargill Cares. This year's Teen Heroes will receive their scholarships at the July 23 Recognition Event, where the 2013-14 Teen Heroes will also be introduced.

 Future Heroes looking forward to summer

Outings will include fishing and a trip to an amusement park

Teen Heroes Kiah Duggins and Courtney Allen joined the Future Heroes on their annual outing to Laser Quest, one of the year's most popular events.





















Future Heroes enjoyed a busy spring full of both academic and recreational activities. Boys received regular tutoring and encouragement to read books and work hard in school. To inspire their efforts, boys were taken on a visit to the Barnes and Noble bookstore where each received a free book of his choice.


They also got to look at Nook ereaders, which will be given to boys who earn a 3.0 or better grade point average. (The Nooks are awarded at the July Recognition Event.) In addition, the Future Heroes made their annual visit to Laser Quest, this year joined by Teen Heroes Kiah Duggins and Courtney Allen.


On May 13, they went to see the movie, "42," which tells the story of baseball legend Jackie Robinson, who became the first black player to integrate professional baseball.  The movie depicts the painful racism experienced by Robinson. "The boys need to see what sacrifices were made for them to have the opportunities they have now," said Buddy Shannon, RMRH president.


Later this summer, the Future Heroes will go fishing and visit Worlds of Fun Amusement Park in Kansas City. Thank you to the adult Heroes whose volunteer commitment makes these activities possible!

Two Future Heroes check out Barnes and Noble's Nook ebook readers during a field trip to the bookstore. Future Heroes who maintain a 3.0 get free Nooks at the July Recognition Ceremony. 


RMRH takes part in citywide gang-prevention gathering

Both adult and youth Heroes participate in DEMO Conference


Future Heroes were among the 175 young men to attend this year's DEMO Conference, held at the Boys and Girls Club of South Central Kansas.
For the fourth year, Real Men, Real Heroes was a co-sponsor of the Developing Every Man's Opportunity (DEMO) Conference, a citywide event for teens in 8th through 12th grade that brings youth and adults together to provide them with positive male role models.
The event was coordinated by Hero David Gilkey, director of the Do You Want to Live or Die mentoring program sponsored by the Urban League of Kansas. "David worked tirelessly to make the event a success and RMRH was honored to work with him," said Buddy Shannon, RMRH board president.


Future Heroes were among the 175 youth to attend the program, which drew participants from all over the city. Danson Kariuki received an award for most outstanding academic achievement among Future Heroes' members.


The Rev. Lincoln Montgomery of Tabernacle Bible Church was the keynote speaker. Shannon conducted a workshop for adult men from the community, "Three Things to Change a Hurting Community: Passion, Action and Commitment." Other Heroes in attendance included Anthony Dozier, Eric Hayden and Kevin Andrews, interim CEO of the Urban League of Kansas.


Financial support was provided by the Kansas Health Foundation. Food was provided by Outback Steakhouse. Thanks goes to these sponsors as well as Heroes Greg Williams of Entercom Radio and John Wright of KFDI radio for helping promote the event.


Click here to hear Wright's gripping interview with Gilkey about the underlying problems facing fatherless boys in the community.


On behalf of Real Men, Real Heroes, that's it for this month. Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter. Please contact Polly Basore, newsletter editor, if you have any questions or suggestions. And feel free to forward this to colleagues and share it on Facebook.