Willie Alfonso grew up in one of the toughest neighborhoods in America. He was kicked out of the house at age ten. He lived on the streets of Brooklyn and did drugs until he met Jesus. Willie began working with teenagers in a sports ministry, and now serves as Chaplain to the Brooklyn Nets and Chapel Leader for the Staten Island Yankees and the Hispanic players of the New York Yankees. In addition, he serves with his foundation It’s A New Beginning.
Willie is the author of It’s A New Beginning: How to Turn Setbacks into Comebacks, which challenges the reader to see: hope in the midst of devastating circumstances, how to forgive the unforgivable and how even the worst setbacks can be turned into comebacks.
Willie resides on Staten Island with his Sweetheart wife, Nancy and their dog Boscoe. They have three daughters: Venus, Yvette and Krista, and two grandchildren Julie and Jonathan.