Meet the

Max-OUT Foundation Staff

Marke Freeman

Keynote Speaker

President of Max-OUT Foundation

Director Point Guard College Basketball

Asst. Women’s Basketball Coach Washington University - STL

Retired Professional Basketball Player


Founder & President of The Max-OUT Foundation MARKE FREEMAN, is a former Lanphier High School, Northern Illinois University and FIBA Women's basketball standout.


Marke Freeman is an outstanding teacher of leadership and skill development who empowers executives, entrepreneurs, students and athletes worldwide to welcome challenges as opportunities, becoming the “captains of their ship”.


Born into a single parent home and raised on the eastside of Springfield Illinois, Marke has faced many forms of adversity making them the acme of her testimony. Her story is one of commitment, accountability, perseverance, education & service which she refers to as CAPES because this approach saved her life.


Her story is proof that success is about combating victimization and seeking ownership. Living ones best life through self-reflection and correction. It’s about starving ones distractions and feedings ones focus to ensure growth and success. It’s about seeking greatness and performing at the highest level, to ensure that we win as a community.


This stalwart attitude served Marke well throughout her career. She graduated at the top of her high school class receiving a full academic/athletic scholarship to attend and play basketball at Northern Illinois University. She had an exceptional career at NIU leading her team to regional and national rankings. At NIU she earned her Bachelor Degree in Communications - Media Studies. Later she extended her education at University of Missouri-Kansas City earning her Master’s Degree in Education - Curriculum and Instruction.


After graduating from NIU, Marke continued to defy the odds given an opportunity to travel the world to play professional basketball in Europe. She stood out against the best players in the world, positioning her amongst the league’s best. Despite being the smallest player on the court her entire life, she earned All-League honors, leading her teams to the playoffs.


Marke is now entering her fifth year serving as a Core Director for Point Guard College, a well-known leadership and skill basketball education program where she serves athletes and coaches of the high school, college and professional levels globally. Leading content creation, skills training, team development and curriculum delivery for the most sought out basketball program in the country.


Now in her fourth year of college coaching, Marke serves as the Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at Washington University – Saint Louis. A program that has won 5 National Championships, made 10 NCAA Final Four appearances, and 23 Conference Championships but even better known as one of the top academic institutions in the country. Marke has again tied her passion for sports, impact and leadership into her mission to build champions on and off the basketball court.


In 2013 Marke founded the Max-OUT Foundation of which she is the active President. Max-OUT is a non-profit organization with a mission to “Maximize Opportunity, Unity and Training” in communities by teaching youth life skills, leadership training and influencing positive life choices.  Max-OUT has impacted the lives of thousands of youth and professionals throughout the United States and abroad, traveling to five continents, over a dozen countries and countless states. Marke has equipped thousands through dynamic and thought provoking teaching and empowerment of world-class leaders and citizens.


As a trainer, director, coach, teacher, speaker and mentor, Marke Freeman works with business entities and individuals around the world, instilling within them not only the mental foundations of success and the motivation to achieve, but also the actionable strategies that will empower them to grow, improve, and thrive. The principles, strategies and fundamentals that help people and organizations create the results they want. Truly living through her world, Marke is an acclaimed teacher. But, most people know her as an ordinary woman with an extraordinary message that has shifted the trajectory many lives.


"My dream is to use the game of basketball as a tool to impact lives. Basketball has introduced me to so many things I wasn't aware of and taught me many life skills along the way. I want to share those opportunities and experiences with our youth of today and leaders of tomorrow. Success is not measured by where you are. It is measured by how far you have come and those you help along the way."

Instagram/Twitter: @markefree


Kenneth Foreman Jr.

Chief Financial Officer of Max-OUT Foundation Kenneth E Foreman Jr is a graduate of MacArthur High School out of Decatur, IL where he played basketball for all four years. After graduating high school Kenneth went on to play basketball for Kishwaukee Community College where he studied accounting in northern Illinois.

Kenneth finished Associates degree at Richland community college continuing his accounting studies. In 2012 Kenneth graduated from Richland Community College, becoming the first male in his paternal father to graduate college. Kenneth went on and enrolled into Millikin University to continue his accounting degree. He will also sit for the CPA exam in 2017.


Giving back to the community has always been a passion of Kenneth and being apart of Max-OUT foundation. Kenneth continues to study the game of basketball to help youth use the game as a tool to a free education. "You're never too old to study a new craft or continue to grow your knowledge of a craft you are already familiar with".


Kenneth also serves as lead Director for the Marke Freeman Max-OUT Basketball Program.


Coach KJ's motto is: "Play for the name on the front of the jersey and not for the name on the back"


Racine Freeman

Executive Secretary of Max-OUT Foundation Racine Freeman is a graduate of Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She has been with Max-OUT since its most premature stages.

Racine adds tremendous value to the organization with her Administrative backgrounds yet her versatility managing community service, event managment, and both internal and external communication.

Charles Hopkins

Director Charles Hopkins, has been a member of our Max-OUT family since 2012. He has provided community service to the Springfield community for over 20 years. He has a passion for the development of youth and the city that he was born and raised in.


Charles is a former Lanphier High School Track & Field star. He graduated from Western Kentucky University, where he became a college All-American still holding a number or records. He was an Olympic Trial Qualifier in the 100meter and was invited to the World University Games. Charles was a special athlete but was also and outstanding student. He has three degrees including an MBA in Human Resource Management. e h


Charles is a certified Advanced Personal Trainer and trains athletes ranging from 5 years of age to professions. Charles has coached several regional athletes, multiple NCAA qualifiers and he has also trained professional athletes such as Marke Freeman and Trevon Bellamy of the Washington Redskins. Charles has contributed to success of the Max-Out Fundamental Basketball Camp since day one, giving athlete’s professional training to enhance their physical abilities and their confidence.


“We are very fortune to have Charles on our team. He adds unmeasurable value through his passion, experience and servants heart. He truly leaves every person he comes in contact with better than they were before” – President, Max-OUT Marke Freeman

Rhavan Whittington Jr.

For over 10 years, Rhavan (RJ) has been an active participant with the MaxOUT team. He first attended as a student of the program and because of his servants heart and leadership, he has become a foundation board member. The professional growth RJ has illustrated is one of many things that sets him aside and makes him a powerful asset to the MaxOUT team.


Coach RJ brings countless hours of community service as well as a passion for mentoring youth, committed to steering the next generation as a 21st Century Enrichment Teacher.


He is currently one of the primary percussionists at Pentecostals of Springfield. RJ states that, “its been a blessing to be a part of the team and loves being involved with kids and being a positive mentor for the youth of today”.


"I can't say I know a more selfless individual.  For many years RJ has brought so much value to Max-OUT as a coach, assistant director, and mentor. I'm excited to see him continue to grow and impact the lives of those around him. We are so very fortunate to have him our our board." -President, Max-OUT Marke Freeman