“This year’s 2020 Watkins Award featured an incredible collection of fine student athletes,” Everette Pearsall, Executive Director of The Alliance, shares. “Each of these young men are well equipped for success academically. We have continued to recognize and honor the premier African American Scholar Athletes in the United States.”
Finalists were chosen based on their unweighted grade point average, their personal statements, extracurricular activities, community service, and letters of recommendation. Each winner will be recognized in Washington, DC, receive an award, ring, and dinner in his hometown.
Sponsors of this year’s event include our Major Sponsor Under Armour, JMA Solutions, Peoples Financial Services, Wal-Mart, Dell, Inc, Nash Management Group, Early Morning Software, and Jostens Corporation who manufactures the Watkins Award trophy and rings.
Media representatives were invited to cover the awards ceremony. For more information about the Watkins Award and The Alliance, visit our website at www.naaaa.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Q&A with Franklin D. Watkins alumni and Auburn University player Christopher Thompson.
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Welcome to The National Alliance of African American Athletes texas chapter.
The National Alliance of African American Athletes 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.
The mission of The Alliance is to uplift and mentor youth, focusing on African American males, through programs that prepare students for college; leveraging athletes as catalysts to inspire leadership, while recognizing and rewarding academic, athletic, and community excellence.
Each Year the National Alliance of African American Athletes presents the Franklin D. Watkins Award. The Purpose of the award is to shine a ray of light on young men who have achieve success in the classroom and on the field of play. Join us in Washington D.C. each year for this great event.
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Question: What was your favorite college football team before you got your first offer?
I didn’t have a favorite team before my first offer. I liked several teams.
Question: What is it about the school you chose that made you know it was the one for you?
I really connected with the coaches. I also wanted to play in the SEC conference.
Question: If you had to pick one word to describe your new head coach and your only two choices were integrity or loyalty which one would you say and why?
integrity. Coach Malzahn is a follower of Christ on and off the field. He emphasized his players could be themselves.
Question: Do you plan on joining a Greek organization and if so, which one?
if so, it will be after my dad….Kappa Alpha Psi.
Question: What was your favorite memory of your recruiting trip of all the trips you were on?
Working out at Auburn with my host, Daniel Thomas, in the middle of the night, visiting USC, Los Angeles, going to the beach, riding in a Lamborghini at the University of Texas.
Question: Who had the next best football facilities other than your school of choice that you visited?
Question: Do you have any cool stories about any of the head coaches you visited?
Touched a python, without my knowledge, at Univ of Georgia with Kirby Smart. We were on a scavenger hunt and I was looking for a piece to solve a puzzle in a box. I didn’t realize inside the box was a python.
Thank you to ChrisThompson and Family.