About Us      

E.M.S. RAMS YOUTH DEVELOPMENT GROUP, INC. 

What we stand for … 

E.M.S. Rams Creed

E very opportunity that is put before me, I can achieve it.  I will pursue my studies with drive and passion. The only obstacle in the way of my success is me.

M ental and physical excellence is what I will always strive for.  I will keep my mind and body free of drugs and alcohol.  My body is my temple and I will protect myself at all times.

S uccess comes with hard work and commitment.  If I apply this concept, I can and will become a productive citizen of this society.  I am the most important person that I will meet today.

What we do  

Background

The E.M.S. Rams Youth Development Group, Inc. was founded in March of 2002.  We offer multiple programs and services in collaboration with our many partners.  The program is designed to engage at-risk youth in a positive, productive, and constructive environment.  The goal of the program is to align young people with a vision to have a positive awareness of self, community, and country.  We offer organized football, basketball, cheer squad, bowling and many other athletic programs including the Warrior style Games.  Although we offer sports and recreational activities, we are NOT defined by sports.  We also focus on educational programming which includes our Horizon Literacy Program, mentoring, health and wellness instruction.  We strive to provide an education based program that puts academics first and athletics second.

    Staff

Founder & Chairman

Heyward R. Prude III

Email: founder@emsrams.org

A Cleveland
native, Heyward attended John Hay High School and was recognized for his
academic achievements by Who’s Who of American High School Students as well as
the National Honor Society. He was nominated as a page for the late Congressman
Louis Stokes. Heyward reported for several newspapers, coached football and
basketball as well as did freelance photography. 
Heyward attended
Cuyahoga Community College, Hondros College and Cleveland State
University.  He has been volunteering in
and around the city of Cleveland for over 20 years. He grew tired of the
conditions facing the Cleveland community and the consistent failure facing our
youth, so he founded the E.M.S. Rams Youth Development Group, Inc. in March of
2002. 
Heyward has sat
on the board of Directors for St. Clair Superior Development Corporation and
Business Professionals of America. He is currently attending the University of
Tiffin and he is enrolled in the Neighborhood Leadership Development
Program held at CSU’s Trinity Commons. Heyward has been recognized by the
Vanguards of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County Commissioners, Dick’s Sporting Goods
and the Cleveland Browns for his tireless work in the community. Heyward
acknowledges his success to his mentors including, the late Councilwoman Fannie
M. Lewis, Ted Ginn Sr., and several others.

Vice Chair

Valerie Daniels 

Email: [email protected]

Valerie
has been with the organization since its conception. Valerie has a legal
education and professional background that supports her position as Vice
Chair. She has been a resident of her community for about 20 years and is an
active member in the growth and development of the community, as the President
of her street club. 
Expanding
her passion to build the community as a whole, she has positioned herself on
the Councilman of Ward 7’s Consortium Board to ensure her hand in the
community’s growth and development. She is also a member of the Councilman’s
campaign committee. When she isn’t working on building communities, you can
find her at the gym. Her vision for the organization is to see it expand to one
of the largest organizations positioned to provide services to support
families, communities, and other organizations. Her deepest passion is
traveling. If given the opportunity she will take a cruise every chance she
could.

Executive Assistant                   

Tiffany Rucker

Email: [email protected]

Tiffany is the
Executive Assistant of the E.M.S. Rams Youth Development Group, Inc. With
twenty plus years of administrative, managerial, and computer technology
background, with unique skill set she confidently provides executive level
assistance to the Founder and the organization as a whole. She attended
Cuyahoga Community College, Remington College and the University of Phoenix
allowing for a diverse educational background of criminal justice, computer programming, and graphic design, as well as a diverse
in professional background. As a community activist she wants the chance to give
others the opportunity to be the change they want to see. She is also involved
with several community based organizations, where she donates her expertise,
skills, and experience as a means of giving back to the communities.

Chaplain

Dennis Moore

Email: dmoore@emsrams.org

Dennis
Moore is the Chaplain for the E.M.S. Rams Youth Development Group, Inc. He has
been with the organization since 2011. Dennis started off as a football coach
and later became Chaplain. The Founder of the organization Heyward R. Prude III
came up with the position Chaplain, because as a man of God he saw that there
must be a spiritual component to the organization. Dennis was chosen to be the
chaplain because of his deep commitment to God and His word. 
Dennis
is a graduate of Cleveland public schools, he received his minister license
from the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World Organization. He teaches Sunday
school at his home church Zion Pentecostal Church of Christ. Dennis heads the
prison ministry at his home church where he teaches and preaches the Word of
God. Some of the facilities he visits are; Trumbull Correctional, Lorain
Correctional, Richland correctional and Northeast pre-release for women. Dennis
resides in Cleveland with his lovely wife Tierra Moore and Daughter Cora Moore.

Head Basketball Coach

Gerard A. Reddix

Email: coachg@emsrams.org

Gerard is a
native of New Orleans, Louisiana. He graduated from Collinwood High School.
Gerard has been the basketball head coach for The E.M.S. Rams Organization for
five years. Gerard has a love for all sports, but in high school he played
basketball. He has been employed with the City of Cleveland for 17 years. 
Gerard developed
his passion for working with the youth, while being involved in different
auxiliaries in his church. He believes through the avenue of basketball, our
youth will develop character, guidance, hope, confidence, and direction, so our
youth will know they have options in life, and can be whatever they want
to be.

Athletic Director

Greg Bell

Email: gbell@emsrams.org

Greg
grew up in the East Cleveland community, graduating from Shaw High School. In
1983 he attended college on a basketball scholarship at Southwest Missouri
State University, which is currently Missouri State University, where he
received his Arts and Associate’s degree in Public Relations, and his
Bachelor’s degree in Recreation. Greg then pursued a professional basketball
career.  
After
playing professionally in the US and Europe, he returned to Cleveland. Greg
started his recreation journey with the YMCA of Greater Cleveland in 1992, as a
Youth Program Director at the Central YMCA in Downtown Cleveland. His
experience at the YMCA, lead to him becoming Executive Director of Urban Youth
Development in 2005. 
After
15 years with the YMCA of Greater Cleveland, Greg became Director of Parks and
Recreation for the City of East Cleveland. Greg always had a passion for the
City of East Cleveland youth and the community as a whole. He became assistant
Boys Varsity Basketball Coach, as well as assistant Girls Varsity Basketball
Coach. Greg started Shaw High Alumni Athletics Association, and a non-profit
organization called BELL SPORTS FOUNDATION. Greg is currently employed with
Northern Ohio Recovery Association as the Drug Free Community Coalition
Coordinator called East Cleveland Bridges of Hope Coalition.