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.
Every fall a statewide search begins 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 2021. All high school and jr high student athletes are eligible(7th grade-12th grade).
Top finalist will be eligible to attend in person or virtually, The National Alliance “Watkins Award” in Washington D.C.(naaaa.com) March 2021.
Application Deadline December 24 , 2020, 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
Every year The Phoenix Chapter of National Alliance Athletes co-sponsor the "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 handle the registration, hand out free food and the free backpacks that every participant receive. The Phoenix Chapter Scholar Athletes pack 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 was offered scholarships to play at several power 5 conference schools and all the Ivy League schools but his heart told him that Harvard was the best fit. The opportunity to play and a great business and entrepreneur program is was persuaded Israel to choose Harvard.
Zay is headed to NYU!!!!!! 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 past 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. Markus has signed a contract to play the 2021 season with the NBA's Denver Nuggets.
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!!!