I can define Rising Stars, Inc. in one simple word — “FUN”! Kids enjoy being a part of Rising Stars, Inc. and they want to stay involved in its programs. That’s a very important thing to say at a time when kids are dropping out of too many programs. I enjoyed my stay in Rising Stars, Inc. and I am sure that any other kid would feel the same. (Chicago Bulls, 2006-2007 National Champion (MVP 2006), 2x NBA All Star and NBA Defensive Player of the Year 2014)

Joakim Noah

I have come back to work with Rising Stars, Inc. because I see the need for positive programs to help guide children through life. Rising Stars, Inc. is a special program for me and for every child that needs guidance in life. I have a story to tell that can help every child and Rising Stars, Inc. provides the best vehicle [that I know of] for me to tell that story. (Full-time ESPN analyst since 2008. Prior CBS College Sports Network analyst in 2007)

Jay Williams