Champions of Change
Robert Castaneda and his wife Amy founded Beyond the Ball in 1998 and Robert currently serves as Executive Director. Beyond the Ball is a sports-based youth and community development organization which uses the power of sport to change lives, give hope, reclaim space and develop a culture of opportunities for youth and families in Chicago. Rob and Amy have dedicated their lives to making their west side community of Little Village a peaceful place through sport and play. Beyond the Ball now serves over 2,500 residents throughout the year, using sport to teach personal and social responsibility. In 2010, Beyond the Ball received a Beyond Sport “Most Courageous Use of Sport Award,” for Project Play, a program designed to reclaim public play spaces from gangs. Robert was also selected as a 2012 Chicago Community Trust Emerging Leader Fellow for his continued efforts to bring life back to his community, making it healthier physically and socially.