Steve Vassor Joins CBMA As Director of "Rumble Young Man, Rumble"!

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Posted by Janet Dickerson, on January 12, 2017



 In exciting news, CBMA is happy to announce that our organization continues to grow as we welcome Steve Vassor of AMPED Strategies to the team as Director of our annual "Rumble Young Man, Rumble" event! Steve has been a long-time friend and ally of CBMA, and was at the forefront of the 6th Annual "Rumble Young Man, Rumble" convening last November, which was a great success!

In this role, Steve's primary focus will be to support and grow the network of Rumblers through year-round activities and to build out the CBMA’s RYMR franchise. If you are interested in learning more about "Rumble Young Man, Rumble" or simply want to congrat Steve on joining the CBMA family, email him at

In the meantime, read Steve's direct message to members below: #### I trust you and yours enjoyed the holidays, and are ready to Rumble in 2017! I’d like to share a few highlights from what turned out to be a tremendous and successful sixth annual Rumble Young Man Rumble (RYMR6, the Rumble).


With Muhammad Ali’s six core principles as a guide, 160 Rumblers convened at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, KY, and left RYMR6 with elevated spirits and leadership skills that they will use in the year ahead. These Rumblers represented 80 organizations from 17 states and Washington DC. RYMR6 opened with a rousing Opening Bell reception hosted by Louisville’s Mayor Greg Fischer at City Hall. It was augmented by a livestreamed Flyweight session that was simulcast to and from East Orange, N.J. The 40 Flyweight Rumblers attending the Rumble in Louisville were connected virtually to 75 young men and their mentors from East Orange. Their “Rounds” (sessions) focused on increasing their efficacy as emerging leaders, and Heavyweight Rumblers participated in Rounds that deepened connections, critical thought and introspection. We then celebrated Rumblers accomplishments at the second annual BMA RYMR Awards show which included stand-up comedy from Alvin Irby, and a poetry slam featuring three powerful youth spoken word performance groups. While we honored eight exemplary Rumblers, we were honored to recognize Mr. Harry Belafonte with a Lifetime Achievement Award. RYMR6 culminated in an energetic intergenerational session that fostered cross-generational conversations among the four generations of Rumblers who attended RYMR6.


One key update that informs our next steps is that CBMA has allowed me to join the team, and I am honored to serve as the Director – Rumble Young Man, Rumble! My role will be to support and grow the network of Rumblers through year-round activities and to build out the CBMA’s RYMR franchise. One of the first things I’ll be doing is locating every Rumbler in the network. Can you help me locate any and all Rumblers you know, and have them check in with us via email ( or Twitter (@OfficialRYMR). If you are a Rumbler and want to check in, drop a line or share some science, we’re here! Either way, I look forward to seeing and talking to you soon, and thank you for Rumblin’ to help Black men and boys win.