Born and raised in Inglewood, California, Jimmie Burton always had a desire to give back to his community. A three-sport athlete, Jimmie returned to his alma mater Morningside High School when he was recruited by his childhood friend and former team mate, Lee Denmon III, to coach basketball alongside him. Jimmie taught his players much more than the fundamentals of the sport. He instilled in them discipline, leadership, how to be a team player, and most importantly, determination to never give up even when it seems the odds are stacked against you. In 2002, under the direction of Jimmie and Lee, the Morningside Monarchs became league champions.
Tragedy struck in March 2003, when Lee was killed outside his home in Inglewood. Jimmie took a break from coaching. When Jimmie’s son, Nygel, became old enough to participate in sports, Jimmie returned to coaching him and other Inglewood youth at Darby Park, where he once played basketball as a kid. Jimmie then coached 7-12 year olds in the Rising Stars of America organization for five years. In July 2012, he led an undefeated 11u team to 2nd place victory at the AAU Nationals in Cocoa Beach, FL—astounding considering it was the team’s first time competing in the AAU National Tournament.
Aspiring to help players achieve greatness in many aspects of their lives, Jimmie created the City Stars Youth Enrichment Program in November of 2012. The City Stars basketball team is made up of extraordinary boys between the ages of 9 and 14 who are fired up about life, their sport and making a difference in the world.