Marcellus Sommerville

Marcellus Sommerville


President/CEO, Peoria Friendship House of Christian Service


Occupation: Marcellus Sommerville, a retired professional basketball player, is president and CEO of Peoria Friendship House of Christian Service. He is in charge of all programming, staff and services at the Friendship House, which provides a range of educational, recreational and social services designed to help children, adults and families prosper.   


Community Involvement: He co-founded the Marcellus Sommerville Foundation (MSF) to develop student potential and has been volunteered with the Boys and Girls Club, Pride of Peoria Basketball Camp, and Mad Skillz Basketball Camp.


Education: Associates degree, general studies, Southwestern Illinois Community College; Bachelor of arts, communications and media studies, Bradley University


Three things he’s passionate about: God, family, community and basketball


Three favorite hobbies: Basketball, fishing, and community engagement projects


Career Influence or Inspiration: Mr. Sommerville has always been more than a basketball player. For inspiration and guidance, he looked to other athletes who gained success after sports. “Kobe Bryant has always inspired me through the game of basketball. His drive to be the best businessman after retirement propelled him to success in the corporate world. After retiring, I had the same approach and have been committed to being the best businessman and leader I can be for myself, my family and the community. Now that I have been in my current role for three years, Inky Johnson (a motivational speaker and former athlete) has greatly inspired me. Many challenges require mental agility and perseverance which he helps put into perspective for everyday life.”


Inspirational Quote: “No matter what you are facing today, no matter what challenges or obstacles are in your life, He will make a way for you even when you don’t see how.”

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