The longing for connection is a feeling that is familiar to everyone. For many, that connection and sense of belonging may be found through community, family, or friends. But for young men and women who are not fortunate to grow up in environments that foster this sense of belonging and connection, they may end up seeking it in places that come at a much higher cost than what they are prepared or equipped to pay. 

Pass the Rock seeks to provide an atmosphere that advocates positivity and a sense of family through the game of basketball. We work with youth, spanning from the ages of 9 and 20, who may have been told or taught to feel that they are too broken to add value to the world. We at Pass the Rock know better. We believe that there is greatness planted in them, and that they are capable of much more than what they may see in their present-day lives. Through the game of basketball and the forging of personal relationships, we hope to create an opportunity for them to see the possibility of a life that is far greater than they could ever imagine. This is our promise and commitment to them. 

THE TEAM

Erik Olson

Founder, Executive Director

A single father of two boys, Erik has been a teacher and basketball coach for 17 years.
He was a member of the 1994 Div 3 National Championship team at Lebanon Valley College and has always loved working with youth. In 2013, God put a vision on his heart to reach out and start an organization that strives to encourage and build up young men and women through the game of basketball. Sports, traveling, reading and serving others are his favorite hobbies. He is an active member at Hillsong NYC Church.

Michael Kim

VP, Business Director

After being born and raised in California and living overseas in South Korea, Michael moved to NYC in 2005 to pursue a career on Wall Street. Over the last decade, he has worked for several global investment banking firms and continues to fall in love with NYC. He is passionate about traveling, hip hop, sneakers, the Lakers, and truly believes everyone's story has the ability to inspire the world.

Christine Batista

PR Director

The game of basketball has always been one of Christine's passions, leading her to play throughout middle school and high school. She went on to Ramapo College, where she received her bachelor's in Marketing. In her last semester of college, Christine started a marketing company where she helps organic and natural food brands create brand awareness. A few of her hobbies are smiling, eating and traveling. She believes with anything she does, the "why" always has to be "love."

Monique Brown

Director of Operations

Being the youngest in almost everything she's ever participated in has never stopped Monique from passionately serving the people she loves in any capacity needed. An avid lover of God, food (specifically pizza and Dr.Pepper), and a great book, Monique hopes to pursue a degree in Theology, but most of all, continue to do what she loves the most: serve.

Jenna Fowler

Events Coordinator

Jenna Fowler is a New Jersey native.  She is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree in Pastoral Ministry at Nyack College. When she is not doing school work, she spends her time volunteering at Pass The Rock and Hillsong Church. Outgoing and hospitable, she enjoys acting in the role of the Events Coordinator because planning is second nature for her.

Chris Louis-Jean

Program Director

As a first generation college graduate (NYU '13) and a Haitian American, Chris has a passion for bridging the gap between dreams and reality. "I would've never became an engineer if it weren't for the amazing support system that I found in the church and my family. Therefore I consider it my duty to open the eyes of those who cannot see what a great future lies ahead of them, if they only had a little faith, and a lot of perseverance." Outside of Pass The Rock, Chris is involved with the Navigators, loves to code, and lives to test his limits.

Christine Park

Creative Director

Christine believes that design has the power to bring to light, things that may be hard to see
or understand in a thoughtful, intentional, and beautiful way. She graduated Parsons School
of Design and went on to work at MTV for 6 years before landing at NBCUniversal, where
she acts as Lead Designer for the Content Innovation Agency in the Marketing Department. 
While she has many passions, God, people, lobster and music are what drive her heart.