Ilana Parach, COO/ Co-Founder

As a writer signed to the artist and advocate Common, Ilana became familiar with Rosalino and Ronnie’s work. After being inspired by their stories she joined the team. Throughout Ilana’s upbringing in West Michigan she saw countless acts of bias policing and judicial bias. Her loved ones whose lives were irreparably damaged by antiquated laws, harsh sentencing, bias and over-policing now act as her biggest motivator to enact reform. As our community outreach and program director Ilana is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with brands and sponsors, coordinating outreach teams, working one on one with youth to help them understand the services available through Hoops 4 Justice, and developing and facilitating our programs.


Sho Watanabe, Athletic Director/ Co-Founde

Athletic Director/ Co-Founder: Sho’s passion and love for basketball led him to begin working with his father as a basketball skills trainer when he was nineteen years old. His experience working with youth at a community level is fundamental for H4J’s mission to build and create long standing relationships with youth in our program. As our athletic director he is responsible for developing, evaluating, and overseeing the implementation of the basketball portion of our curriculum.