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Entertainers, Athletes and Celebrities: Endorsers of UPI Education

Lorey Hayes

Playwright, Actress

LOREY HAYES is a Broadway, Television/Film Actress turned writer (an original cast member of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide). Hayes is a 2011 Princess Grace Playwright Finalist for Haiti’s Children of God, a critically acclaimed 2011 run in New York (Broadway’s Sarafina and Asinamali). Ms. Hayes is also the proud recipient of a 2011 Harlem Arts Alliance Community Arts Fund Award. Hayes (an original cast member of For Colored Girls) starred on Broadway with Melba Moore in Inacent Black as well as in Home. She starred in London at the Royal Shakespeare festival as Eunice Evans in Miss Ever’s Boys. A regular face on TV commercials, Hayes is featured in the film Dream Girls and has guest starred in numerous television shows; including “Judging Amy,” “Family Law,” “Sister, Sister” and “All My Children.” Credit: IMDB & BroadwayWorld

Robert 'Kool' Bell


Robert Earl “Kool” Bell, also known by his Muslim name Muhammad Bayyan, is an American singer-songwriter and musician. He is the founding member of the jazz/R&B/soul/funk/disco band, Kool & the Gang. Kool & The Gang has sold over 70 million albums worldwide and influenced the music of three generations. Thanks to songs like Celebration, Cherish, Jungle Boogie, Summer Madness and Open Sesame, they’ve earned two Grammy Awards, seven American Music Awards, 25 Top Ten R&B hits, nine Top Ten Pop hits, and 31 gold and platinum albums. Kool & The Gang has performed continuously for the past 45 years, longer than any R&B group in history. Credit: Kool and the Gang Website

Don Buford

Major League Baseball | Urban Youth Academy

Compton, California (2007). Donald Alvin Buford is a former American Major League Baseball infielder and outfielder with the Chicago White Sox and the Baltimore Orioles between 1963 and 1972. He was a switch hitter and threw right-handed. In his major league career, Buford batted .264 with 93 home runs, 418 RBIs, 718 runs scored and 200 stolen bases in 1286 games played. In October, 2012 Don Buford, Sr. accepted a new position managing Major League Baseball’s Urban Youth Academy in Compton, California. The academy focuses on baseball and softball training and education and is free to participants. He is now working on his own Community Organization, Educational Sports Institute which is based in Watts. Credit to Wikipedia

Nicky Ozherelyev

Professional Tour Golfer

Turning Professional in December 2010, Nicky was awarded “full exemption” status on the illustrious NGA Pro Tour in 2012. After a motor vehicle accident in May 2012, which threatened to end his career, he was assisted in his recovery by former Olympian and Commonwealth Games Bronze Medalist James Miller. During recovery, he has contributed considerably to enhancing the way in which golf tuition and coaching is delivered to amateurs and professionals alike. As a Senior Operations Consultant at ProGolfMe, an online coaching app providing golfers instant access to pro golf coaches worldwide, Nicky applies principles to empower his students to become actively involved in their personal golfing development, especially those suffering from disabilities.

Miguel A. Núñez, Jr.

Actor, Activist

Los Angeles, California (2009). Miguel A. Núñez Jr. is an American actor and comedian. He is best known for his supporting roles in The Return of the Living Dead and Life and leading roles in Juwanna Mann and Tour of Duty. Wikipedia

Paula Spellman

Paula Spellman


Paula is a nonfiction author, speechwriter, literary consultant and public speaker. She graduated from the University of Southern California in 1964 with degrees in Speech Pathology and Elementary Education. She is also a graduate of the Jefferson Institute of Business and is recognized as one of 2,000 Notable American Women.

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