DC MAMBA BOARD MEMBERS
Employing future leaders, Empowering communities, No colors bound dreams
Founder of Dc Mamba, President & CEO
· Tucker Road Ducks- Fort Washington, MD
· Dc Mamba Hockey- Washington, DC
· Wells Warriors- College Park, MD
· Tucker rd. Ducks- Fort Washington, MD
· Tri-city Falcons (Goalie Coach)- Laurel, MD
· Eleanor Roosevelt High School (Goalie Coach)- Greenbelt, MD
Born 11/13/1991,a native Washingtonian raised in Sudan. He started his brief 2-year hockey playing career at the age of 10 with Fort DuPont’s “Kids on Ice”, though the league never came calling… He has been able to continue coaching 9+ years, with the goal of making hockey accessible and affordable to children & coaches of all races. He is a level 4 Coach, with USA Hockey.
Rahman-Rahim was offered to be the Head Coach for the Wells Warriors Mites Hockey team, where he coached players ages 6-8 at age 18. A new program that was started 1-year prior by Coach Russell (Rusty) Barrett in College Park, Maryland. There were many harsh challenges from being a new young African American coach in the area, despite the challenges, making hockey for everyone became his true goal.
In 2012-13, during Rahman-Rahim’s last season coaching the Wells Warriors, he was also a Positional Goalie Coach, at Eleanor Roosevelt High School, in Greenbelt, Maryland. He continued coaching goalies with Coach Rusty for the Tri-City Falcons, in Laurel, Maryland. Though after the passing of his mentor & the Facility manager of the Wells Warriors hockey program, Rahman-Rahim left to pursue hockey coaching opportunities in a more diverse community, in Southern Prince George’s County.
When arriving to Tucker Road Ice Rink, there were no free youth programs or home hockey team. Rahman-Rahim started a “Try Hockey for Free Program” with a new group of African American coaches, including 1st time coach Shemar Barnes. The program continued for 2 years, and they were able to generate funds and recruit players to expand. After the 1st year he was able to personally recruit strong board members to form their own parent organization, which proved to hold well for the future tournament, media, and fire. Rahman-Rahim coached competitions for the Ducks, developed and created the program, while training new players for 4 years. During that time, he ensured easy access to hockey for new African American players and coaches.
After management & media success had altered the culture of the program, he resigned keeping the dream of making hockey available to coaches and players of color. Never changing but always growing, the goal is to share the game of hockey with the youth in DC. He joined forces with Shemar Barnes and James Jackson and Co-Founded, Dc Mamba to continue their work.
Dc Mamba Co-Founder
12 years Administrative experience and 8 years of Non-Profit experience
Evelin B. Ayala was born in Arlington, VA on August 27, 1990 and raised in Suitland, Maryland (PG County). She graduated from Suitland High School, in 2008. Evelin is bilingual (Spanish & English) and has over 12 years of administrative, operational, and logistical experience. In 2012 Evelin began working at So Others Might Eat, a local non-profit in Washington, DC. Where she supported emergency services and later would become the Assistant Volunteer Coordinator, co-managing over 25,000 volunteers. Evelin is currently the Operations Manager for the Joyful Food Market Program, at Martha's Table where she manages operations for 53 elementary schools in Wards 7 & 8.
Evelin has always been very passionate about working with underserved communities. While working at Martha's Table in 2018, she met Rahman-Rahim Ba'th who shared her passion for working with children of color, creating job opportunities, and empowering youth. Rahman-Rahim, Founder of the Tucker Road Ducks, shared that he had recently resigned from his role and wanted to start his own non-profit organization.
Evelin joined the team in 2019 with Rahman-Rahim, Founder of Dc Mamba, James Jackson, Colleague at Martha's Table, and Shemar Barnes, Colleague at Martha's Table to expose children of color to hockey, and to continue her work in the community. Since co-founding Dc Mamba, Evelin has taken over all Administrative duties, coordinated trainings for staff, supported logistics for Hockey Clinics/Virtual Hockey Clinics, creating processes for the org, as well as connecting with potential partners/sponsors, and social media/Fundraising efforts. Evelin is a PG County resident with her three daughters, Melany, Gabriella, and Eliana.
Co-Founder and Secretary
Shemar Barnes born August 5, 1994 in Portsmouth military base before moving to Washington DC.
Shemar Barnes’ Hockey career started when volunteering at Tucker Road ice rink in Fort Washington, Maryland at the age of 16, where he was given the opportunity to learn how to skate and play hockey. At the time Shemar was passionate about basketball and football. He met Rahman-Rahim (Coach Rock) Ba’th, who was at the time the Zamboni driver/Shift Manager.
Coach Rock took Shemar under his wing and trained him to be a hockey coach by using unconventional methods. Shemar started as an Assistant Coach that worked with children ages 4-12 years old. After graduating from Friendly Highschool, in Fort Washington Maryland in 2012, he became a part-time Assistant Coach. Shemar was offered a role in Rahman-Rahim’s "Try Hockey Free Program" at Tucker Road ice rink in 2013, teaching the fundamentals of hockey to the youth. He would later go on to become a Head Coach for the Tucker Road Ducks Mites (6-8) and for new skaters. Shemar is a level 3, USA Hockey Coach.
Shemar coached alongside Rahman-Rahim for four years, though in 2016 the Tucker Road ducks won their first ever championship trophy competing at, The Yorktown Tournament in Yorktown, Pennsylvania back in 2016 with the Bantam team (12-14), after there was a fire at the ice rink. After 4 years of coaching The Ducks, management & media success had altered the culture of the program, he resigned along with Coach Rock.
After he resigned, Shemar wanted to continue to expose more kids of color to hockey while also helping with job opportunities and keeping kids active in their community. In 2018 Coach Rock approached Shemar about an idea of starting their own non-profit organization. Then they joined forces with James Jackson, a former colleague from Tucker Road and Evelin Ayala, a colleague from Martha’s Table to create Dc Mamba and continue their work.
Co-founder and Treasurer
From the time I could walk, I had a love for the ice and the game of hockey. Growing up in Prince George's County, there were not many programs or schools that offered hockey. I was raised by a single mom who could not afford to have me on a hockey team. Despite the obstacles, that did not stop him from perfecting his hockey skills at the local rinks in the DMV area. He graduated from, From The Heart High School located in Camp Springs, Maryland.
After meeting Rahman-Rahim “Coach Rock” Ba’th in 2013 and playing hockey with him, James took part in Coach Rock’s very first Give it a Shot Hockey Clinic hosted at Tucker Road Ice Rink. Where he helped recruit numerous children to introduce them to hockey. As a result, many of the children from the program ended up playing hockey competitively.
James went on to teach skating techniques to 9-10 year olds for a year.
After a year, he left Tucker Road Ice Rink to work at Martha’s Table full time. James goal is to continue making hockey accessible to the youth of Washington DC and give the children opportunities that he didn't have. In 2018 Rahman-Rahim approached James with an idea of starting their own non-profit organization. He then joined forces with Rahman-Rahim, Shemar Barnes, former colleague at Tucker Road Ice Rink, and Evelin Ayala, colleague at Martha’s Table to continue their work.