Jones McKenney was one of the first women from Flint to play basketball professionally and now works as a motivational speaker, life coach, and the Director of Community Relations of The Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village, a community organization on the north side of Flint that offers academic and athletic programs to underserved, at-risk youth. She made history in 1980 as the first female athlete to make an Olympic team. After college, Mckenney played overseas professionally for six seasons in Viterbo and Vincenza, Italy. Coach mckenney was drafted in the WBL Professional Basketball League1st round 4th pick, she was the first of 15 Americans to be drafted in the European women's professional basketball league, was the 5 Time All Star in Italy, 3 Time Most Valuable Player in the European Cup Championships, held a scoring record of 84 points in one game, won the European National Championship Cup, and won the Italian National Title. SHe has been inducted into the National WOmen's Basketball Hall of Fame, the Greater Flint Area Sports Hall of Fame, the Greater Flint African American Hall of Fame,a nd the Kentucky State University Hall of Fame, Recently, Linell Jones-Mckenney won Gold at the Senior Olympics in 2021 and 2022, but above all. she remains passionate about breaking barriers and inspiring future generations.
Mark A. Harris
Mark is an experienced fitness instructor and personal trainer. He inspires and educated those who want to improve their cognitive and physical health and fitness. Since 1999, he has been developing fitness program in the community and for area hospitals and physicians. Mark has participated in programs to promote better health, funded by federal agencies, local foundations and several universities. Mark has been teaching senior fitness classes since 2006. After being diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2013, he became a community ambassador with the American Cancer Society, an advisory board member of the Michigan Medicine Rogel Center Center, and advisory board member for the University of North Carolina and Henry Ford Health System study funded by Genetech, a co-facilitator of the Michigan Institute of Urology prostate cancer support group, and the first prostate cancer consultant for Merck. He likes to ride his bike, work out, and read.