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Welcome to Building the Dream Klassic

The Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation, Inc. (the Foundation), was established in 1981 as the philanthropic arm of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. (the Fraternity).  Since its establishment, the mission of the Foundation has evolved over time and is focused on supporting and investing in programs and initiatives that result in the social, economic and educational advancement of youth and communities that are underserved and underrepresented.

The Foundation makes investments in six core areas: (1) Advocacy,  (2) Education and Youth Development, (3) Community Empowerment, (4) Economic Advancement, (5) Health and Wellness, and (6) International Aid and Relief. Its investments are made in promising programs and initiatives that have the best opportunity to bring positive transformational impact to the individuals and communities it supports. The Foundation has made substantial progress in expanding its social impact in these six core areas, providing funding through grants, scholarships, fellowships and human capital (in-kind professional service volunteers). With a specific focus on improving the life outcomes for youth through educational advancement and mentoring, significant capital has been invested in K-12 schools, other non-profit organizations, as well as the Fraternity’s National Guide Right program. This approach impacted over 20,000 youth throughout the country.

With the support of the Foundation, the National Guide Right program has been able to expand the reach and impact of its youth leadership program, Kappa League, from 1,500 to 4,000 young men in grades 6-12. In addition, under the Diamonds In the Rough initiative, launched in 2011, Guide Right and Kappa League programs have produced a 98% annual high school graduation rate of its seniors, with 85% being accepted to 4-year institutions and over $36M in academic scholarships being awarded, including four Gates Millennium and several Quest Bridge scholarship awardees. Beyond the Fraternity’s programs and initiatives, the Foundation has invested in the development of STEM based labs in schools and increased volunteerism in communities suffering from natural disasters.

Beyond its investments in the K-12 sector, the Foundation has also made significant investments in higher education to address the critical demand of highly trained and career ready professionals for the 21st century job market and to address the growing demand for greater diversity and inclusion in some of the nation’s key professional sectors and top corporations. As part of its portfolio, the Foundation has supported the Fraternity’s Undergraduate Leadership Institute. Since its inception, and with the help of our corporate partners, the program has trained over 500 of the nation’s top undergraduate leaders who have been successfully placed in the career pipeline at the end of their academic studies. Currently, the Foundation is investing time and research into more best practices to expand the college to career opportunity pipeline for more students.

Though a separate entity, the Foundation is in existence today because of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. The Fraternity was founded in 1911 on the campus of Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana and is among the oldest Greek-letter fraternity organizations in the world. It is an international organization, comprised of over 125,000 members with 700 undergraduate and alumni chapters in nearly every state of the United States, and chapters in Nigeria, South Africa, the West Indies, the United Kingdom, Germany, Korea and Japan. Our members are represented across the spectrum of professions and are significant consumers in the marketplace. The average annual income of our members is $83K and over 63% of our members hold managerial and executive positions in national firms.

The Building the Dream Klassic is one of the major fundraising events for the Foundation. Only through collaboration, partnerships and investments, can we meet the needs of our key initiatives. For more information about the Foundation, please visit our website at


The Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation is a non-profit, tax exempt, publicly supported organization
as described in Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code

Grand Chapter Officers

Thomas L. Battles, Jr.
Grand Polemarch

Reuben A. Shelton III, Esq.
Senior Grand Vice Polemarch

Christopher G. Cross
Junior Grand Vice Polemarch

Chester Leaks
Grand Keeper of Records & Exchequer

Terrell T. Richardson
Grand Strategus

Nathanial H. Girma
Grand Lt. Strategus

Chauncy E. Haynes
Grand Chapter Nominating Committee Chairman

Kevin Scott
Grand Historian

Grand Board of Directors

Linnes Finney, Jr., Esq.

Andre Juwan Earls

Ronald V. Julun

Ivan Garcia

Jimmy McMikle

Christopher C. Raxton

Foundation Board of Directors

Michael J. DuBose

Rodney C. Adkins
Vice President

Christopher G. Cross
2nd Vice President

A. Ronald Berryman

Michael M. Adkinson

L-Mani S. Viney
Executive Director

Thomas L. Battles, Jr.

Reuben A. Shelton III, Esq.

Donald Bland

Linnes Finney, Jr., Esq.

Janice Hall Dean

Robert L. Green

Cain Hayes

Chester Leaks

Pierre Le Veaux

Adolphus Pruitt

James Simms

Greg Thomas

Kennis Wilkins

The Klassic Committee

Rodney Adkins
Event Chair

Oscar Robertson
Honorary Co-Chair

Sam Jones
Honorary Co-Chair

Michelle Adkins
Finance Chair, Silhouette

Rich Coleman
Operations Chair, Cincinnati Alumni

Linnes Finney Jr.
Fort Pierce Alumni

Clifford Franklin
St. Louis Alumni

Naiema Frieson
Tennis Chair, Silhouette

Wilburn Hardison
Dulles-Leesburg Alumni

Leonard Herring Jr.
Beverly Hills/Century City Alumni

Kelly Holloway
Stamford Alumni

John Jacob
St. Louis Alumni

Pierre Le Veaux
New York Alumni

Sherman Kizart
Chicago Alumni

James Simms
Washington DC Alumni

Anthony Stepney
Golf Chair, Winter Park Alumni

L-­Mani Viney
Programs Chair, New Jersey City Alumni

Janice Savin Williams