educate. train. develop.
South Side Wildcats is a unique organization that focuses on three core values to facilitate student-athlete participation in athletics programs, academic tutoring, and mentoring programs. Our Christ-centered, family-oriented youth development programs use a discipleship framework and curriculum to develop essential life and social skills, empathy, compassion and responsibility to family and community, in youth in grades K-6. By engaging with coaches in our football, basketball and cheerleading programs in Memphis and Shelby County, our student-athletes grow in confidence, develop self-respect, and believe in themselves so that they can reach for their highest goals.
Antwoine Clark, Founder and Executive Director
I founded South Side Wildcats in 2010 because I wanted to meet a need for Christ-centered youth outreach in my childhood community. I grew up without a support system to give me the direction I needed to be successful. Instead, I followed a path to drugs, alcohol, thieving and failing school. I want to create a different experience for the young men and women in our community. When I look at the neighborhoods where I grew up, I see myself in groups of young people who are headed down the same path I took.
The South Side Wildcat program is my best effort to guide our children in the right direction through sports and a loving Christ-centered support system. My commitment to creating this reality was established when South Side Wildcats was incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit in May 2015. Antwoine Clark LinkedIn
Maria Clark, Volunteer Cheer Head Coach
“This Is an organization that Is full of compassion for the parents and youth in the community. My heart continues to grow fonder as we continue to show the love of Christ throughout the community. One of the things I truly love about the Wildcats program is how we take pride in presenting excellence. Not to mention that seeing the smiles on the faces of all the student athletes brings me great joy.”
Darrel James, Volunteer Assistant Football Coach
“I volunteer to help with the Wildcats organization because I love kids and the game of football. I also want to see our Student athletes out of trouble. These kids need some type of Love and Leadership.”
Jeff Jordan: Volunteer Team Chaplain/Coach
“I volunteer with the Wildcats because I want to make a difference in the lives of young men. God has called me as a disciple and follower of Jesus to pour my life back out for His purpose and His kingdom. Volunteering with the Wildcats affords me the opportunity to share with the young men and women my Involvement and love for Christ and how He has made an impact in my life and how He can make an impact in theirs.”
Harli Julian: Volunteer Assistant Cheer Coach/Administrative Support
“I volunteer with the Southside Wildcats because I strongly support the effort of developing student athletes while introducing Christ through athletics. The sense of community and family within the organization is inspiring as we work together to create a positive outlet for the students we serve.”
Cudero Washington: Volunteer Athletic Director/Coach
“I volunteer because I love working with kids and being able to give back to community where I grew up in brings me great joy. It also provided a way for me to spend more time with my sons.”
Brittany Washington: Volunteer Assistant Cheer Coach/Administrative Support
“It all comes down to these two things: passion and love. The love I have for the Southside Wildcats is what keeps me going. The passion I have for the sport is what drives me to be involved more. The relationships that I have built with parents and coaches will last a lifetime. We are a family. My kids are friends with teammates, and those friendships will stand the test of time. Coaching is something money will never be able to buy. The amount of love that I get in return from everyone involved, and the laughs while I coach is something I wouldn’t trade. Being a part of the future generation and making memories with my children is very important to me. If I am the reason a kid puts a smile on their face and knows what real love is, then I did my job as a mother, as a coach, and as a member of society.”
Board of Directors
Ali Chambers (Board Chair): Lead Pastor/Mosaic Church
Pastor Ali has a BS in Biblical Studies at Central Baptist College, and a Master of Divinity at Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. Ali Chambers serves as the chairman of the board of directors. He has a deep heart for the Kingdom, the city, and for Southside Wildcats. His commitment to seeking the welfare of his city, primarily through the context of gospel centered diversity and reconciliation, has led him to also serve as a board member with Southside Wildcats. As a lifelong Memphian, Ali has deep roots in the South Memphis community and desires to see this community thrive and flourish. Southside’s mission to educate, train and develop our youth with a Christ centered focus is what drew Ali to invest in the Southside Wildcats.
Jesse Rice (Board Vice Chair): North American Regional Security Manager, Cummins
Jesse has a graduate degree in Terrorism and Counter Terrorism Studies. He has been with South Side Wildcats since August 2020. He currently serves as a Board Member on the Board of Directors and focuses on advising the Board with short- and long-term business strategies. In addition to South Side Wildcats and serves on the Board of Trustees for a local 501(c)3, Selah Memphis. Prior to his current roles, Jesse worked for the U.S. House of Representatives as a Caseworker, managed guard force operations for a stateside security company, and served in the U.S. Army where he was awarded a Purple Heart for sustaining wounds in combat.
Ben Ladd (Board Treasurer): Chief Financial Officer, Aquaserv
Ben currently holds a degree in business management. Prior to Aquaserv, Ben was CFO for Future Fuel Chemical Company, a public-traded specialty chemical and alternative energy producer. His experience before Future Fuel consisted of five years in investment banking followed by five years in institutional asset management. He decided to serve as a board member of the Wildcats organization to make a difference in the lives of our youth In any way possible.
Erica Mack (Board Secretary): Pharmacy Tech
Dr. Erica Bolden Mack received her Doctor of Pharmacy in 1998. She also accepted her call to preach at St. Andrew AME Church in 2009 along with her husband and co-laborer in the ministry. Dr. Mack currently serves on the ministerial staff of St. Andrew AME Church and is a member of the SISTERS Women Ministry Leadership Team. She also serves with her husband as ministry coordinator for the Adam & Eve Married Couples Ministry. She is also a member of the illustrious sisterhood of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated (Delta Pi, JSU Spring ‘93). Dr. Mack has a unique style of transparency and humor that has allowed her to connect with women of all ages and backgrounds.
Reggie Garner: Co-Owner and Vice President of Magnolia Homes
Reggie is a 16-year member of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and is an active member and past President of his NAHB Builder 20 Group. He has earned numerous awards in his career, including being asked to be a guest speaker at the NAHB International Builders Show and being recognized as one of the top Tennessee Home Builder Magazine Young Professionals Under 40, and Professional Builder Magazine 40 Under 40. Reggie prides himself on being a family man, being a mentor and role model in the community, and working with various charitable organizations in the Memphis area. He has served as a football coach, basketball coach, T-ball coach and mentor at Briarcrest Christian School. He works with various charity institutions, including My Town Miracles, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, St. Jude Research Hospital, and Memphis Oral School for the Deaf.
Andre Mack: Arkansas State Police/Special Agent in the Criminal Investigation Division
Andre has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He currently serves on the ministerial staff at St. Andrew AME Church as an associate minister. He serves as liaison for “The Force” and he is co-coordinator for Men’s Ministry. He co-labors with his wife Erica Mack with the Adam and Eve Ministry at St. Andrew. He enjoys mentoring youth and adults to become better persons in their home life and better professionals in their work life along with keeping a healthy lifestyle.
Cindy Warren: Director of Vollintine Evergreen Neighborhood School
Cindy has a BS in Professional Studies with a major in Education Administration. She is also a certified and trained Civil and Family Mediator as well as maintaining a certificate in Domestic Abuse. Cindy enjoys mentoring families, teachers, and older children to alleviate difficulties within their lives. She is also a big advocate when it comes to Early Intervention for young children. Cindy knows that whatever help young children and their families receive will give them a more confident and successful life. She also knows the benefits of athletics and extracurricular activities for youth. Through athletics and after school programming, children gain leadership abilities that may not be available at school or in their home life.