On August 24, 2019, 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 2020. 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 2020.
Application Deadline October 28, 2019, 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
James Jones announced as the Phoenix Suns General Manager. James was named after 2 years having served in multiple front office capacities, Including Acting General Manager, before assuming his current role as General Manager. He joined the Suns front office after playing 14 seasons in the NBA. As a player he won 3 championship rings and made 7 trips to the NBA finals. During his career he played for the Suns, Pacers, Trailblazers, Heat and the Cavaliers.
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.
D’Shayne James (3.3gpa, class 2019). He has won every award you can win while playing football, basketball, baseball and track. All Region, All-State he has done it all. He will be joining the Iowa State football team and pursuing a degree in Engineering.
Isaac Davis(4.0gpa, class 2020) is a bolt of lightning . He is one of the top 400m runners in the nation. He has already begun his dream of creating animated characters. Now he just needs fulfill his other dream of making the Olympic team.
Elijah Ervin (4.0gpa, class of 2020) is a dynamic receiver that always makes big plays when needed for his team. He wants to get a degree in Engineering. He did all his community service with several food banks and programs that provide meals for children.
Israel Benjamin(4,7gpa, class 2020) is the 2nd his family to be a part of the Phoenix Chapter. He is ranked as one of the top scholar athletes in this class in the nation. His goals are numerous but interestingly he wants to be the commissioner of the NFL after his playing days.
Donovan Corn(3.8gpa, class 2019), was a good football player but a great wrestler. He will be wrestling next year at Luther College in Iowa which is a hotbed for developing great wrestlers.
Seth Keeton(3.2gpa, class 2019)has been recognized and awarded with the “Player of the Week” and “Outstanding Performance and Exceptional Commitment” as a football player. He is also a member of the National Honor Society. He will be playing football next year at Clarke University while majoring in Sports Medicine.
Zay Freeney(4.5gpa, class 2021) is our first scholar athlete from South Mountain High. He has excelled on the basketball court as sophomore. Being named one of the top Basketball players in the state. In the future, he wants work in contract or entertainment law.
Terrell Hudson(3.6gpa, class 2019) did his community service with “Feed my Starving Children”. While playing baseball, he was All-District, All-State and All region several times. Major undecided. Will be playing baseball next year at the University of New Mexico.
Cameron Cheatem(4.1gpa, class 2019) made the AIA All-Academic Team. He will be attending Northern Arizona University and playing football while getting a degree in Biology.
Javan Runnels(3.8gpa, class 2019) excelled as a record breaking track runner in the 4x100 relay and a 3 time captain on the football team. He has committed to play football at Ottawa University in Surprise while pursuing a Communications degree and a Masters in Business.
Thomas Webb Jr(4.0gpa, class 2019) has been a youth mentor and helped feed the homeless. He will pursue his football career while getting a degree in Theology or Communication
Treyton Standifer(4.0gpa, class 2019) will be attending Aurora University in suburban Chicago playing baseball and studying business. He was selected his senior year to write and present a poem on diversity at the Scottsdale “MLK Youth Voices “.
Larry Ross II(3.3gpa, class 2019) will be playing his first 2 years of baseball at Paradise Valley Community College and then transfer to a 4 year school to continue his baseball career and his degree in Business.
Jason Adkinson (3.3gpa, class 2020) plays football and runs track. His specialty is triple jump with a jump of 40ft 4.5 inches. He believes in helping the homeless and wants to get a college degree in bio engineering.
Chaz Castillo-Wilson (4.42gpa, class 2020) really enjoys swinging a stick. He is a golfer and our first ever hockey player. He will use that GPA in his pursuit to get an engineering degree in college.
Andrei Mayberry (3.8gpa, class of 2020) plays football at Perry High and wants to study business while playing college football. Enjoys helping the less fortunately and homeless.
Cameron Nash(4.48gpa, class of 2020) is nationally ranked in football and track. He wants to help people either as a football coach or sports medicine doctor. He has also been recognized by the AIA as one of the states, top student athletes.
Donovan Thomason (3.1gpa, class 2021) is a scholar athlete that has been a standout football player and looks to make a larger impact next year. His goal is to get a college degree in sports medicine.
Elijah Sanders (3.3gpa, class 2021) loves playing football and runing track. Elijah works very hard in the classroom. Major undecided.
Zuri Glenn(3.5gpa, class of 2024) attends ASU Prep. He is a National Junior Honor Society member. Led his team in assist on the basketball court and is nationally ranked #3 by USA Track and Field in the 800M.
Joseph Taylor III(3.0gpa, class of 2024) is an all-around athlete playing football, basketball and track. He did his community service at St. Mary’s food bank. Would like to be an engineering or sports broadcaster in the future.
Qulier Hightower IV(3.0gpa, class 2022) football player at Chandler High. He has been a part of the Phoenix Chapter for a couple years now and has participated in all our community service events like the backpack and haircut drive. He wants to get a college degree in Computer Education.
Jackson Williams (3.1gpa, class 2019) did his community service with the American Cancer Society, officiated youth games in the off season and also assisted War Veterans. His plan is to get a degree in Business Administration.
Jaedin Clark(3.6gpa, class 2019) is the first swimmer to be recognized. He will be swimming next year as a Hokie at Virginia Tech University.
Benjamin Morrison(3.5gpa, class 2022) played receiver and defensive back on the football team. His future goal is to play on the varsity team and get a full ride football scholarship. Major undecided. Loves to help people that have less than himself.
Jason Dayee(3.8gpa, class 2019)did his community service at Banner Hospital and recycle club while playing football. He left this summer to get an early start on his degree from the University of Arizona in Neuroscience.
Xamoi Penn(3.2gpa, class 2019) played running back this past year. He will be playing football at Northern Arizona University in the fall and getting a degree in engineering or business.
Jeylen Dezmond(4.2gpa, class 2019) is a soccer player from the Tucson area. His goals are to get a marketing or business degree in college and play processional soccer.
Joshua Lesley(3.95gpa, class 2019) enjoys helping disadvantaged youth by mentoring and tutoring. He also help out youth at his church. He was also part of Sports 360 All-Academic Team and the Rugby state championship team. His goal is to get his medical degree, open his own practice and provide service to underprivileged neighborhoods.
Javin Wright(3.3gpa, class 2019) played defensive back and safety for 3 years on varsity. Javin, left early to start attending school at Nebraska. He will be playing safety there.
On Saturday, July 27, 2019, 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.
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 SR 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. He finally got his chance to start as a Jr and is ready to excel in his Senior year. 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 is in his 2nd year with 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 4th 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 attended one year at Glendale Community College and is now attending Lake Forest in Chicago. 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. He works as a special ed teacher at a local school.
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 third 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!!!