Sean Williams: Co-Founder

Born and raised in Brooklyn. Sean fell in love with sneakers at the age of 13. Thirty nine years later he has accepted the personal mission of making sure that people of all ages know the potential that exists for them in the athletic footwear business as not only consumers, but as the future professionals in the industry.

Sean has taught SOLEcial Studies in partnership with Colleges and Universities around the world. 

Since 2013, Sean has curated and co-curated Hip-Hop culture, sneaker and apparel exhibitions that have been seen by over 12 million people all over the world. He has worked with organizations such as the Bata Shoe Museum (Toronto), The Brooklyn Museum, Mana Contemporary (New Jersey), and the Port Authority Bus Terminal (New York City).

More about Sean's sneaker journey HERE


SOLEcial Studies, Dee Wells

DeJongh Wells: Co-Founder 

is the obsessed storyteller and Co-Founder of OSD (Obsessive Sneaker Disorder) and the SSCA.  He grew up in the US Virgin Islands, specifically on the island of St. John, where he and his family are deeply rooted in the community. It was at a very young age that Dee learned that life is about learning, growing, and sharing one’s talents. He has used sneakers to teach, inspire and empower others.

Dee is passionate about storytelling, photography, and filmmaking.  Dee has worked with clients in the footwear industry such as adidas, Converse, Nike, New Balance, and Reebok, to name a  few. 

In 2022, Dee was featured in  "Distil Your World New York" film produced by The Macallan.

Steve Gordon, Jr: Career Coach

Steve is an internationally-published author, an award-winning designer and creative director, a former world-class athlete, track & field coach, a vintage b-boy, and a part-time ninja + get-away driver.

He has over 20 years of experience in music production, graphic design, and brand building just to start. His clients have been the likes of Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest), Nike (Jordan Brand) and mobile phone giant T-Mobile just to name a few.

One of his hometown friends and current client is none other than the current undisputed welterweight boxing champion Terence "Bud" Crawford.

Check out Steve's 2019 feature in Omaha Magazine


Kool DJ Red Alert                              Educator: The Red Alert Experience

Uncle Red, as he is often called, is one of the people whose name stands synonymous with positivity, class, and among his many other positive attributes, LONGEVITY. Kool DJ Red Alert is the longest tenured DJ on urban radio.

Having recently surpassed his 40th anniversary on the airwaves, it is no surprise that this founding father of the Native Tongues movement (The Jungle Brothers, A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, and more) has plenty of sage wisdom to share. Kool DJ Red Alert has the record for the most guest appearances in the music industry. 

Red's newest chapter is that of a teacher as the newest masterclass instructor at OSD's SOLEcial Studies CommUNITY Academy.


Bobbito Garcia                                    Educator: The Park Player Perspective

NYC native Bobbito García is a visionary creative who has put an indelible footprint on multiple urban movements.

As the progenitor of sneaker journalism, García penned his landmark Source article “Confessions of a Sneaker Addict” in 1990, then in 2003 became the critically acclaimed author of Where’d You Get Those? NYC’s Sneaker Culture: 1960-1987 (Testify Books). He also wrote the foreword for A History Of Basketball In Fifteen Sneakers (Workman, 2023), the introduction for Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture (Rizzoli, 2015), and contributed an essay to City/Game: Basketball in New York (Rizzoli, 2020). In 2005, ESPN’s “It’s The Shoes” series, hosted by Bobbito, became the first show on the subject in broadcasting history. 

During the 1990s, the legendary air personality was one-half of the “Stretch and Bobbito” program on WKCR. The duo introduced the world to an unsigned Nas, Biggie, and Wu-Tang, as well as an unknown Jay-Z, Eminem, and the Fugees. The total record sales for all the artists that premiered on their platform exceed 300 million. In 1998, the Source Magazine voted them as “The Best Hip Hop Radio Show of All Time,“ and in 2023, they were inducted into the NAB Radio Hall of Fame

A former professional basketball player in Puerto Rico, García performed in the groundbreaking Nike “Freestyle” commercial. In 2007, the brand released seven co-designed Air Force 1 sneakers bearing his name. The voice of EA Sports’ popular NBA Street video game is also a world-renowned DJ, who has spun World, Soul and Jazz music at Lincoln Center, Central Park SummerStage, and the Smithsonian (DC).

As an award-winning filmmaker, García has directed Doin’ It In The Park: Pick-Up Basketball, NYC (PBS, NETFLIX), Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives (SHOWTIME, NETFLIX), and NY Times “Critics’ Pick” Rock Rubber 45s (Smithsonian African American Film Festival 2018 official selection). Transitioning to TV, he also directed eight “SneakerCenter” episodes for ESPN+. The documentarian’s photography has appeared in campaigns for Nike, has been licensed to Foot Locker and Patta for apparel, and has been exhibited at the Museum of the City of New York as well as multiple international galleries. 

A founding member of the Kennedy Center’s Hip Hop Culture Council and a 2018 Wesleyan University “Distinguished Alumni Award” recipient, "Kool Bob Love” currently produces his b-ball tournament Full Court 21™ in four continents, co-produces music for the Stretch and Bobbito + The M19s Band on 10x Grammy Award winner Eddie Palmieri’s label Uprising, co-hosts “Stretch and Bobbito Radio” on Apple Music Hits, and is the proud author of his first children’s book Aim High, Little Giant, Aim High



Chandricka Carr:  Philadelphia, PA.

“I always had a love for creating, whether it was clothing or footwear. It was always a dream of mine to design a sneaker. Since the day I entered the SOLEcial Studies family I gained two mentors that have been very encouraging and instrumental in me following my goals whether its in fashion design and or footwear. They go a step above and cultivate aspiring designers.”

*Footlocker x Pensole Puma Hacked Philly Winner 2019

*Released her own sneaker with Puma Sept. 2021

*Currently working for Adidas

Byron Stewart: Jersey City, NJ.

"SOLEcial Studies transformed my dreams into reality.  At one point I was outside of the industry and it brought me "in" by providing education on the history of sneaker culture, current business models and careers. Most importantly, SOLEcial Studies fostered relationships with industry peers that are doing wonderful things in the space."

* Currently working in Social Media Marketing for Footlocker

Denise Mahoney: Long Island, NY.

"The SOLEcial Studies program provided me with insider information I could not have received elsewhere. The instructors were amazing and their historical knowledge level is unmatched. The program helped my hone my knowledge which game me and gave me an edge when entering the footwear industry. I would recommend the program to anyone interested in the footwear industry."

*Currently working for Fila