Board Members

Our Team

Michael Ware

MA. Founder/Director of Player Development


The defenders are excited to partner with Cook County Sheriff’s Police Officer Michael Ware. Michael played multiple sports including track and field, basketball, and baseball in high school, while playing collegiate basketball while serving in the United States Army. Michael has his MA in Athletic Administration and is certified through the International Youth Conditioning Association in Long Term Athlete Development, Complete Athlete Development, and Resistance Band Instructor course. Michael is also a certified personal trainer through Athletics and Fitness Association of America.

Taketia Ware

MBA Co-Founder/Director of Operations


Taketia has a Proven 15-year background in financial budgeting, grant writing, and business analysis. Solid record of accomplishment developing and maximizing new business and marketing strategies. Demonstrated expertise in setting up organizations and optimizing operational efficiency

Floyd Hampton

Co-Founder/Director of Player Personnel


The defenders are excited to partner with Floyd Hampton. Floyd played multiple sports including baseball and basketball as a youth in the South Suburban Area. Floyd has also coached youth baseball and basketball in the South Holland area, and is actively involved in community service initiatives. The Defenders are excited to have Floyd as a board member and a coach for the defenders.

Julius Patterson

MS Board Member/Director of Baseball Operations


The South Suburban Defenders are excited to partner with Julius Patterson. Julius played collegiate baseball for University of ST. Francis. Julius has his graduate degree in Social Work with a specialization in Child and Family Services. Julius works for Chicago Public School System in which he also coaches a high school baseball team. Julius recently hosted a free baseball camp in his hometown of Harvey, IL. and has been in involved in various community service initiatives.

Board Members:

  • Stacy Ransburg, MBA.
  • Peter Chico, MS
  • Taquanda Williams
  • Arthur Taylor
  • Deonta Burge