FAAM began the 2015–16 season, and for the first time since its inception in 1968, our beloved commissioner, Gene Bell, was not at the helm. Gene died on July 9.
Gene was a tremendous example of a man with a servants's heart from his days as a Little League umpire to his many many years of service to the children of the Evanston community through his leadership of FAAM. FAAM will honor our Commissioner, the only one that we will ever have, with a commemorative "GB" patch on team uniforms.
Gene leaves us with a tremendous legacy.
Let's make sure that FAAM continues to be "THE BEST GAME IN TOWN!"
Keeper of FAAM's Eternal Flames
Gene has answered the call to become
a keeper of FAAM's eternal flames.
Gene shared in the creation of a dream that has been ongoing since l968.
Gene personified the spirit of Harambee..(working together)
He was FAAM's conscious, our moral compass that kept us on the right track.
Gene was not just the president or the commissioner - he was a role model,
an exceptional example of how to be a strong, loving, caring, dedicated...
son, brother, father, husband, uncle, cousin, mentor, leader and friend.
He cared about the youth of Evanston, he cared about the future of Evanston.
Gene knew that one man could and did make a difference,
he understood the transformative power of service to others.
Gene was a proud founder and creator of FAAM and its flames.
Today, those flames burn more brightly
energized by Gene's warm spirit and glowing smile.
Mr. Bell, you will be missed from
"The Best Game in Town"
FAAM will cry.
FAAM will grieve.
FAAM will mourn.
FAAM will remember always...
Mr. Voyle Gene Bell... now A Keeper of FAAM's Eternal Flames.
Rest well commissioner with the knowledge that
FAAM will carry on keeping your dream alive.
Welcome to the new FAAM Website.
We are excited to provide you with an updated look and functionality to our website. We hope that this site gives you a better insight into our 501(c)3 organization and provides you with all the pertinent information regarding the basketball season.
The Fellowship of Afro-American Men Youth basketball league offers competitive Basketball and Cheerleading programs to middle school boys 6th, 7th and 8th grades, and girls in 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grades.
Men on a Mission: The FAAM Story
In 1968, Evanston School District 65, due to financial constraints, cut back on school athletic programs. These program cuts put a void in athletic activities for Evanston’s 6th, 7th and 8th grade students.
Realizing the impact of such cuts, a group of Afro-American men in Evanston sought to replace these activities by forming the Fellowship of Afro-American Men Youth Basketball League, better known as FAAM.
F.A.A.M. had four main goals: