In the 20th Century, we preserved the land. In the 21st, let’s restore it.

Robert Castaneda

Executive Director, Beyond the Ball

Robert Castaneda is the executive director and co-founder, along with his wife Amy, of Beyond the Ball. Beyond the Ball is a nonprofit organization that uses the power of sport to change lives, give hope, reclaim space and create a culture of opportunities for youth and families in Chicago. Based in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood, Beyond the Ball not only develops youth through sport and play, but also develops the community. The organization was chosen from among more than 400 entries from over 120 countries to be honored with the “Most Courageous Use of Sport” Award at the 2010 Beyond Sport Summit. Castaneda has shared his expertise at international events, such as One Young World in Zurich, Switzerland, and Beyond Sport United at Yankee Stadium. In 2010, the Castanedas were honored with the Private Bank Norman Bobins Leadership Award at the Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards.