DFA
DFA
Our Mission is to be a primary resource for boys and girls, ages 3-18, by providing positive
solutions and support through the sponsorship of educational & humanitarian  programs and
events with special emphasis on youth from disadvantaged circumstances.
.:.MISSION STATEMENT.:.
BOARD MEMBERS
Cle Ross of Overland Park, KS was born in Kansas City, KS in 1979 to parents Cleitus Ross I of Kansas City, MO and Patricia Ann Ringo
of Wellington, Kansas. Ross, the 4th of 6 children on his father’s side and the younger of two children on his mother’s side, quickly drew an
interest in baseball when his mother relocated from Kansas City to Wellington, Kansas in 1984. At a young age, Ross fell in love with sports.
At the age of five he began participating in little league baseball, football and wrestling. Ross’ family featured a first cousin who wrestled for
The University of Oklahoma and an older brother who was drafted at seventeen by the Saint Louis Cardinals. As a result, sports became a
way of life for the young lad. Although Ross participated in many varsity sports throughout high school, varsity baseball unfortunately was
not an option and he was only allowed to play on the JV level. Determined to play baseball at a higher level, Ross returned to Kansas City in
1998 and accomplished what few are able to do--he walked on at Kansas City Community College and became the only non-scholarship
player to make the roster. After spending one season playing for the KCKCC Blue Devils, Ross signed his first collegiate letter of intent and
played his 2nd year of college baseball in Central Missouri. In addition to receiving a degree from juco, Ross set several school records
including bases stolen and stolen base percentage in his first full season as a starter. In 2000, Ross became the first member of his graduating
high school class to receive a scholarship to play Division I Baseball in Arkansas. During his two years in Arkansas, Ross broke and still
holds numerous single season records, including: most hits, highest batting average, most doubles, and most RBI’s. He also led his school to
the most wins in school history winning the triple crown award his senior year by leading the team in homeruns, RBI’s and posting the
highest batting average.

A dream, 17 years in the making, finally become a reality in the summer of 2002 when Ross signed a Professional Minor League Baseball
Contract.
Cle Ross is also the President of the
Dexter Pittman Foundation and  the Executive Director of KCK RBI.
Success Achieved in Future Environments is a
501(c)3 Tax Exempt Non-Profit Organization.
CLE ROSS, CEO/FOUNDER
RECEE  MCCOY, SECRETARY/TREASURER
E.K.FRANKS, BOARD MEMBER
THEO FROST, BOARD MEMBER
ANDY MORGAN, BOARD MEMBER
As a veteran of over 14 years training and coaching athletes, E.K. Franks adds depth and breath to the S.A.F.E. program. Franks’ background
and experiences span all sports, ages and genders.  Before completing a Bachelor’s degree in Education, and later a Master’s degree, Franks
was student-athlete himself. He was captain and league champion wrestler for The University of Oklahoma as well as a defensive back for
Southwest Missouri State. After graduating, Franks trained numerous high school and junior high athletes for Heritage Hall High School in
Oklahoma City and while currently running Frank’s Fitness. Soon after, Franks parlayed his youth coaching and training to the collegiate level
where he worked with defensive backs at The University of Wisconsin, defensive linemen at Texas State University, and a myriad of athletes
at Kansas State University as a strength and conditioning coach for football, women’s basketball, and the women’s rowing team. Among
others, Franks has coached and trained athletes such as Wes Welker (New England Patriots), Terrance Newman (Dallas Cowboys), Darren
Sproles (San Diego Chargers), Sheldon Williams (Atlanta Hawks), Nicole Ohlde (Minnesota Lynx), Laurie Koehn (Washington Mystics),
Brian Aylor (New York Yankees), and Mitch Simons (Montreal Expos).
Franks is currently a defensive line coach and strength & conditioning coordinator at Delta State University.
Receé McCoy has a benevolent heart for children.  As the second child of four children raised by a Christain single mother she often had to
tend to her younger siblings while her mother worked to provide for the family.  Throughout her high school years she attended school,
worked at a grocery store part-time to help her mother financially and also found time to play competitive softball year-round.  Upon
graduation of high school, Receé knew her next goal in life was to attend college, she chose a liberal arts school in Crete, NE.  While at Doane
she continued her love for softball playing 3 years on the collegiate team while maintaining a 3.45 GPA throughout her college career.  In 2000,
Receé graduated from Doane College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Finance and Contemporary business.  Miss McCoy's strong love for
children and background in accounting and finance are the characteristics that influenced S.A.F.E. to ask her to be a part of their organization
as secretary/treasurer.  
Andy Morgan of Overland Park KS has lived in the Midwest most of his life. Raised in a very sports-oriented family Andy was active in
football, soccer, basketball and baseball as a child. His sports career continued into high school playing basketball, football and golf. Most
notably he was a 4 year starter in football on his freshman, JV and finally Varsity his senior year. Andy was also part of the 1997 4A football
state championship team his sophomore year. After high school Andy attended Kansas State University where he studied Sociology and
Criminology and continued to participate in intramural football, basketball and softball. His passion for S.A.F.E. comes from his knowledge of
how a positive influence in young person’s life can mean a world of difference between success and failure.
MIKE BIRMINGHAM, BOARD MEMBER
Birmingham is from Kansas City Kansas.  While growing up in Kansas City, Birmingham attended F.L. Schlagle High School and participated
in baseball, basketball and fooball.  By the conclusion of his senior year, Birmingham had been identified as the best three sport athlete in the
Kansas City Kansas area by the Kansas City Kansan newspaper.  Due to a shoulder injury Birmingham traveled to Butler County
Community College in El Dorado, KS where he was slated to play Basketball and Basketball for the Grizzlies until he traveled north to
NCAA D-III powerhouse Wartburg College where he immediately contributed on the basketball court and the baseball diamond landing him in
the final 10 in the nation in saves on the baseball diamond.  Birmingham concluded his athletic eligibility at the University of Arkansas at Pine
Bluff where he helped the Golden Lions piece together the schools best record in baseball since the conception of the program.  While still
completing undergraduate school work, Birmingham signed a professional baseball contract with the Kansas City T-Bones of the independent
Northern league of baseball.  Birmingham began his coaching career at the age of 19 in Kansas City and has since shared his knowledge at the
high school and collegiate levels in baseball, basketball and football.
Theo a 1992 Wellington Sr. High graduate was the first high school baseball player to be drafted out of Wellington High and
also featured in Who's Who High School magazine,  Although Wellington High started the baseball program in 1991, Frost
was a two-year varsity starter in the outfield earning 1st Team All-League and All State Honors (91-92).
Frost was drafted at the age of 17 by the St. Louis Cardinals in '92' but chose to attend Hutchinson Community College
('92-94').  During his time in Hutchinson Frost lead the team in B.A. (395 career avg), (RBIs) and second in stolen bases ('40'),
while earning all-conference honors both years. Frost then completed his athletic career at the University of Central
Oklahoma on a football scholarship.
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Comments?
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913.825.6683
Field Address:
Damian Rolls
Stadium
5325 Parallel Parkway
Kansas City, KS

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 12443
Kansas City, KS  66112
When he is not in the office Cle Ross enjoys traveling throughout the country following the career of his cousin,
                                      Miami Heat Center Dexter Pi ttman.
DEXTER  PITTMAN, PRESIDENT
After the completion of his NCAA college basketball career Dexter Pittman accepted the role as President of Success Achieved In Future
Environments (S.A.F.E) a 501 (c)3 Non Profit Organization.  S.A.F.E was founded in 2007 by Pittman's cousin CEO Cle Ross. S.A.F.E takes
pride in being a primary resource for boys and girls ages 3-18, by providing positive solutions and support through the sponsorship of
educational & humanitarian programs and events with special emphasis on youth from disadvantaged circumstances.   
Dexter is also the Founder of the
Dexter Pittman Foundation.