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South Suburban Royals


General Philosophy:

The philosophy of the South Suburban Royals organization is based on the principle that academics and athletics are not separate, but coincide with one another. One cannot exist without the other if an individual decides to further their athletic career into college. The Royals personnel, affiliated partners, and volunteers will provide a comprehensive balance to the individual and the team. We will excel in the individual and team growth aspects of academia and athletics. We will succeed by upholding to our fundamental core values that promote positive aspects of Attitude, Trust, Resilience, Discipline, Honesty, Family, Character, Investment, Respect, and W.I.N. (What’s Important Now).


Personal Development:

Our philosophy in coaching extends beyond the basic concepts of a student-athlete. We are preparing the student-athlete for life inside and outside of sports. Understanding the balance of academia and the learning tools of athletics are used as preparation techniques that a student-athlete will need in their future endeavors. In general, being involved in team sports presents life skills that cannot solely be learned in the classroom. Instead, the combination of the student and the athlete immerses the student-athlete in an interactive environment that brings about structure. Our players will realize that we not only have athletic coaches, but life coaches, mentors, and a support system dedicated to their personal growth.


Student-Athlete Development:

We are devoted to increase the understanding of each student-athlete’s knowledge. Most of this will come during their participation in the programs we offer such as practice, games, workouts, training sessions, and other team activities. Student-athletes who want to themselves will pick up these concepts and will be rewarded and have a sense of self-fulfillment. Our goal is to provide the foundation for the student-athletes that will get them through high school, and then after, a college or university. At the higher levels of competition, such as collegiate athletics, student-athletes do not play the same number of minutes. The student-athletes that perform well in school and play the most consistent in the eyes of the coaches, will play more minutes. Playing time is never guaranteed and each student-athlete is required to participate in all activities.

 "Growth never stops, opportunity never waivers, success is a process, and greatness is a choice."


-Jarrell Williams-

South Suburban Royals

"The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary"

-Vince Lombardi-

Pro Football Hall of Fame

National Football League (NFL)

"I chose to start the South Suburban Royals Softball program out of an area where softball is not a big thing because there's no greater feeling than seeing this game steal another young girl's heart"

-Angela Roberts-

Co-Founder/Director of Softball 

South Suburban Royals


Contact Us

We welcome the opportunity for any student-athlete, parent, or coach to determine if our SSR Family and its philosophy may be the right family for you. For more information, please contact us:

-Jarrell Williams-

(708) 740-0474

-Angela Roberts-
Co-Founder/Director of Softball

(708) 250-5399

-Rich Gardner-
Co-Director of Football

(312) 805-7986

The South Suburban Royals is an organization that began to take root in August 2017. What started off as a vision for Co-Founders Angela Roberts and Jarrell Williams, was now coming to life. Angela Roberts, a former softball student-athlete of Northern Illinois University (2013-2015) and Reinhardt University (2015-2017) began her softball career at 7 years old. She’s a 2013 graduate of Homewood-Flossmoor High School. Similarly, Jarrell Williams, a former football student-athlete of Northwestern University (2011-2015) and graduate student-athlete of University of St Francis (2017-2018) began his football career at 7 years old. He’s a 2011 graduate of Harold L. Richards High School.


Both South Suburban natives grew to do what many kids dream of doing by playing their respective sports at the collegiate level. With their experience came the idea of forming an organization that would allow them to stay active in their communities and help develop student-athletes to have the opportunity to compete at the collegiate level as they did. Thus, the South Suburban Royals organization was born.

They are devoted to providing student-athletes with an organization that will prepare student-athletes for life beyond their youth. While, lessons come in many forms, one of the most important lessons the South Suburban Royals organization provides its student-athletes is that education and athletics go hand-in-hand. A lesson unto which student-athletes will need before embarking on their journey to college. Understanding the importance of the term “student-athlete,” among other important lessons involving teamwork, friendship, discipline, and resilience, are lessons that will drive the South Suburban Royals organization and its student-athletes to higher levels as the organization grows.

Heading into their third year since their inception, the Royals have retained several of its softball student-athletes and have added several new additions to its travel softball organization. Looking ahead, Angela and Jarrell will continue to promote their mission and grow the Royals organization to include other sports. Their goal is to create an elite travel sports organization that will develop and enhance the Chicagoland area student-athletes mentally, educationally, socially, and athletically.

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