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Reasons to Believe

2023 Honorees

Earnest "Ejay" Jackson

Earnest "Ejay" Jackson

Coach Ejay Jackson, born and raised in the heart of Kansas City, Kansas, he embodies the spirit of dedication and transformation. With over 15 years of experience, he has honed the skills and knowledge to train and guide athletes from diverse backgrounds and abilities.  Ejay has been the owner of iRise Performance & Fitness for over 15 years. Known for his expertise and innate ability to connect, Coach Ejay has made it his mission to collaborate with local high schools, ensuring that budding talent receives top-tier performance training and services.

Ejay has gone into the schools for KCKPS on many occasions to speak to students about being entrepreneur. He recently talked to the students at Carl B. Bruce Middle School in the business class during the 2022-2023 school year. Ejay has helped and trained several athletes in KCKPS that have gone on to collegiate and professional sports. When high school athletics where shutdown for students in KCKPS during COVID. Ejay started a fitness combine for student-athletes at the Children Mercy fields near the Legends, so students still had the opportunity to stay in shape and to create film and measurables to share with potential universities for athletic scholarships. His commitment to elevating every individual he coaches, combined with his deep roots in the community, has solidified his reputation as more than just a coach; he’s a beacon for aspiring athletes in Kansas City.


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