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.
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.
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 to 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. He has committed to play RB at Harvard.
Zay Freeney(4.67gpa, class 2021) is our first scholar athlete from South Mountain High. He has excelled on the basketball court as sophomore and junior. Being named one of the top basketball players in the state. In the future, he wants to work in contract or entertainment law.
Benjamin Morrison(3.5gpa, class 2022) started at the defensive back position on the football team. His future goal is earn a football scholarship and play at university that supports football and academics. Major undecided. Loves to help people.
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. He has committed to play defensive for Northern Arizona University (NAU).
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. He has committed to play defensive back for The Army next season.
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.
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.
After 15 years the two-time Pro Bowler and a second-team All-Pro in 2016 said he had done everything he needed to do. He was retiring from the NFL. In 2016 Zo had a career-high 12.5 sacks and was the All-Pro Game MVP. He was a guy that played over 9 different positions on the football field. He gave everything he had at University of Cal and took that work ethic to the NFL. Over his career he played as a defensive tackle, offensive lineman, tight end and linebacker. He always said he was a football player and was willing to play any position on the field. He was just as committed on the field as he was with his family, the communities he played in and the people he was able to touch. He has been an invaluable supporter of the Phoenix Chapter and our athletes. Because of his hard work in the community the Buffalo Bills nominated Zo ad their Walter Payton Man of the Year.
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.
Congratulations to Zay Freeney(class 2021)for a a very successful year, on and off the basketball court. Zay finished the 2019-2020 year with an overall GPA of 4.67. Yes, that is on a 4.0 scale!!!!! This great GPA is going to serve him well when he enters college to get his law degree. On the the court Zay led his team to the semi-finals of the Arizona State Basketball Championships. Below are the awards and highlight link from Zay Freeney's junior year -1st team All Metro Region -Co Metro Region POY -Metro Region Offensive POY -1st team All PUHSD -1st Team All 5A conference - 5A Conference Offensive POY
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. This year he finished his 4th year at Marquette University. He has won several awards while attending Marquette. Awards - Big East Honor Roll, 2-time Consensus All-American, AP All-American, 3-time All-Big East, 2018-19 All-Big East Player of the Year, All-Freshman Team, Lead the nation in free throw percentage, Led the nation in scoring with 27.8pts per game. He is currently in the gym preparing for the NBA Draft.
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.
See where Phoenix Chapter Athletes go to college and the upcoming events that will change Lives!!!