Femi Memorial Outreach

Empowering Students. Turning Lives Around.

About Femi

FemiOlufemi “Femi” Robert Martin Pedro was born in Evanston on August 9,1985 to Babalola (Bob) and Cecelia Pedro and happily embraced by older sister Bukola Pedro. He attended St. Vincent DePaul preschool and the former St. Teresa of Avila Elementary School, both in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago. With the closing of St. Teresa School in 1996, Femi transferred to Transfiguration Catholic School and graduated with honors in June 1999. He attended the former Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary on Chicago’s Gold Coast where he ran track and field and excelled in basketball before graduating, again with honors, in May 2003. His cancer was diagnosed just before graduation.

Quigley High SchoolAt Quigley, Femi was President of the United Black Seminarians and active in the African-American Club where among his community activities, he was Santa Claus to children in Chicago’s south side community. In addition, as a member of the Nigerian American Youth Association, Femi supported and assisted Alderman Dorothy Tillman’s Thanksgiving Dinner Events and community car wash fundraisers. Throughout high school, Femi continued to serve as lead altar boy at St. Teresa of Avila Church in Lincoln Park.

Femi ran track and field and championed the Quigley Basketball Team to place in the Illinois High School Athletic Tournament in 2003 when he served as captain of the team. He was honored in “Who’s Who Among High School Athletes” in 2002-2003. Femi attended the 23rd Annual High Potential “Blue Chip” Basketball Camp in Georgetown, KY where he was awarded “Best Ball Handler” by Camp Director Rick Bolus.

Femi received three individual full athletic college scholarships to Indiana Institute of Technology in Fort Wayne, Indiana, St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minnesota and University of Dayton in Ohio. Because of his medical treatment needs, he deferred his admission to University of Dayton for one year and took classes at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, IL. After a courageous struggle, Femi died on August 21, 2004, twelve days after his 19th birthday.