On September 24, 2018, a statewide search began to find premiere African-American male scholar athletes. These Arizona student athletes must exhibit in their lives a commitment to high academic standards and substantive service to their communities.
All of these athletes will be recognized in a ceremony that will take place June of 2019. All high school and jr high student athletes are eligible(7th grade-12th grade).
Top finalist will be eligible to attend National Alliance “Watkins Award” in Washington D.C.(naaaa.com) March 2019.
Application Deadline October 26, 2018, 11:59pm.
Applicants must meet the following:
· Male Student Athlete
· Have some African American Heritage
· High School or JR High Student(7th grade-12th grade).
· 3.0gpa or Higher
· Good Athlete(any sport)
· Past Community Service or willing to do some in the future
On Saturday, July 28, 2018, The Phoenix Chapter of National Alliance Athletes co-sponsored to produce The 5th Annual "Mark's the Spot Back to School Haircut Drive." This annual event is a way for the Phoenix Chapter Scholar Athletes to give back to the youth of Phoenix.
Along with the free haircuts the Phoenix Chapter Scholars handled the registration, handing out free food and the free backpacks that every participant received. The Phoenix Chapter Scholar Athletes packed 100 backpacks with paper, pencils, pens, crayons, notebooks, pens and even hygiene supplies.
Be sure to book your next haircut, braids or wash with Marks the Spot. Support the businesses that support the community.
Mark's the Spot, 24 W. Camelback Rd#7, Phoenix, AZ 85013 or call 602-222-8825.
Kendahl Johnson 3.5gpa-O'Conner. Jaad Waters 3.8gpa-Mountain Pointe. Delano Salgado 3.82gpa-Mountain Pointe.Damion Maxwell 3.8gpa-Chandler. Davyon Duhart 3.85gpa-Tolleson. Isaiah Rymes 4.2gpa-Carl Hayden. Prince Johnson JR 3.6gpa.-Perry. Ethan Nelson 4.35gpa-Fairfax. Isaac Davis 4.0gpa-Casteel. Seth Keeton 3.2gpa-Casa Grande. Xamoi Penn 3.2gpa-Sunnyslope. James Smith JR 3.4gpa-Westwood. Lonaoui Amare 4.12gpa-Arizona College Prep. Donjae Logan 4.35gpa-Desert Ridge. Isaiah Colbert 3.83gpa-Copper Canyon. Javin Wright 3.3gpa-Hamilton. Xavier Hayward 3.5gpa-Apollo High. Israel Benjamin 4.73gpa- Saguaro. Qulier Hightower IV 3.8gpa-Balsz Elem.
Damion Maxwell continues to improve every week as the starting strong safety. Under the coaching of DB Coach Brandon Bethel, Damion has taken over the starting spot as a true freshman. With a combination of strength, speed and football knowledge things are looking bright as he looks forward to move to a 4yr college in January 2019. As 3.7gpa high school scholar, this qualifier is always planning a head. He has been a part of the Phoenix Chapter since the age of 12. He has always been committed in the classroom, on the field and in the community. A team leader and high football IQ. He is looking at all his option. Every team needs a 5'11, 197lbs, 4.5 in 40yd, safety that can cover and loves to blow up receivers. Get to know Damion at the links below.
Israel Benjamin is a 5'10, 195lbs power house. The JR running back has made national headlines for his 4.7gpa and his ability to run people over or shake them. On most teams he would have started as a freshman. Now as a Jr(class 2020) he is getting his chance to start. He has learned a lot being part of a Saguaro team(Scottsdale, AZ) that is a 6-time state champions. Israel is ranked as the #5 recruit in Arizona. He is looking at all his college options carefully. He could play at a power 5 school or an Ivy League type school. Any school that has a great business or entrepreneur program should have him on their radar.
Congratulation to Noah Williams as he receives a football scholarship from Stanford University!! Noah Graduated from Brophy Prep in 2017 with a 4.4gpa and 35 ACT score. The Phoenix Chapter Scholar turned down several football scholarships to go to Stanford as a walk on. After a year and a half of playing special teams, along with hard work and struggling he received a full ride scholarship. He is now one of 7 football players we now have on scholarship at Stanford. From Phoenix Chapter - Noah Williams(Brophy Prep), Donjae Logan(Desert Ridge). From our National Office - Bobby Okereke, Bryce Love, Frank Buncom, Ryan Johnson, Connor Wedington
Delano Salgado(3.8gpa) and Jaad Waters( 3.8gpa) from Mountain Pointe High School both were recognized for the their positive contributions to the student body.
Jaad is pursuing a degree in 3D printing at Arizona State University. Jaad had a very successful senior year playing basketball and leading his boy's volleyball team to the state playoffs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-c9t-1QYgYY
Delano Salgado ran track, played football and dabbled with baseball during this year. He is playing defensive back and returning punts at Georgetown University while getting his degree in computer science.
Christian Kirk was draft this year by the Arizona Cardinals. He was recognized by the Phoenix Chapter when he was a senior at Saguaro High with a 3.5gpa. He later attended Texas A&M.He is known for talking pictures with youth and giving a positive word.
Kaleb Pitts is currently in his 3rd year at Columbia. Kaleb was a student athlete from Hamilton High in Chandler,AZ. Kaleb believes that with his finance degree he will be able to help others get financial freedom.
Sam Reeves is currently playing D-line and wrestling at Truman State in Missouri. He has been selected first team All-Conference in football and went to nationals in wrestling. Sam is from Vista Grande High School in Eloy, AZ
Damion Maxwell is a 3.7gpa student from Chandler High. He is attending one year at Glendale Community College. He is studying business and playing defensive back. He has always assisted younger athletes on their football technics and how to live a better life.
T3 was a graduate of Sunnyside High School in Tucson. Tommie played at a couple different colleges but had his most success at Phoenix College at LB/DE. Tommie was so moved by the help he received from the Phoenix Chapter that he decided he wanted to give back by working with youth in the Sunnsylope area
Markus went to Perry High in Chandler,AZ while maintaining a 3.5gpa. He transferred to Findlay Prep to take his game to the next level. He is now in his second year at Marquette University. Awards - Big East Honor Roll, All-Freshman Team, Lead the nation in free throw percentage, 12th in scoring with 22.8pts per game. He is the nicest guy that loves to share with people.
See where Phoenix Chapter Athletes go to college and the upcoming events that will change Lives!!!
WELCOME TO THE NATIONAL ALLIANCE OF AFRICAN AMERICAN ATHLETES PHOENIX CHAPTER. THE STATE OF ARIZONA'S PREMIER SCHOLAR ATHLETES
THE PHOENIX CHAPTER WAS FOUNDED IN 2005, FOLLOWING THE PRINCIPLES OF THE NATIONAL ALLIANCE AND THE "WATKINS AWARD" WHICH WAS FOUNDED IN 1989. THE VISION OF THE ALLIANCE IS TO BE THE PREEMINENT ORGANIZATION HELPING YOUTH ACHIEVE ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AND REACH THEIR HIGHEST POTENTIAL.
THROUGH MENTORING AND COUNSELING, WE HOPE TO EMPOWER THIS GENERATION OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN MALES TO NOT ONLY SUCCEED IN THE ATHLETIC ARENA, BUT TO ALSO BECOME PRODUCTIVE MEMBERS OF SOCIETY. tHIS IN TURN, WILL LAY A FOUNDATION UPON WHICH THESE YOUNG MEN BUILD, USING THEIR INFLUENCE TO MOTIVATE YOUTH TO SUCCEED INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM.