Athletes with Degrees(sm)
Athletes with Degrees/Success inc.(AWDS) is a non-profit organization through membership and sponsorship. Its' current members are degreed, professional and successful former student athletes who are influencing our communities daily. AWDS's founder, Kenny O'Banner is a former student athlete who did not get an opportunity to play for a professional team because of a career ending knee injury.
Serving our Communities by inspiring our students-athletes
Athletes with Degrees/Success (AWD) vision is to inspire and communicate to all student athletes how valuable it is to them and their community to complete their college education. Seminars, activities and forums for all students and athletes will be conducted by degreed athletes who are members of this association.
How We're Different
We standout because we have been there. All AWD members are professional business women and men who have coached, played, is playing or have children who are professionals/student-athletes. We are here to influence education upon the student-athletes which will prepare them for their future endeavors.
Charter members includes, Harvey Catchings; Legendary NBA player. Board member for the NBA Retired Player Assoc., Dr. Galen Duncan; Senior Director of Player Development for the Detroit Lions, NBA consultant and Christine Baker; Author and Middletown, Connecticut Sports Hall Of Fame inductee 2011.
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts"
Check out what our charter member ( Tamika Catchings), seven time WNBA Allstar and Gold Medal winner is doing for her community at www.catchin24.com.
Dr. G. Duncan
From left to right: R. L. Jenkins; Graduate (Mississippi State Univ.) Whitney J. O'Banner; Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude (Spelman College, Ms Freshman) Tiffany A. O'Banner; Summa Cum Laude (Jackson State Univ., Ms JSU first runner up).
WNBA 2011 Most Valuable Player
Interview with Kenny O’Banner MBA, CEO and Founder of AthletesWithDegreesSuccess.co
On Today’s show, Kenny O’Banner, Master of Business Administration Graduate, former Navy officer and Fedex Executive is now the Founder and CEO AthletesWithDegreesSuccess.com. He shares passion for Education and his work with Student Athletes. A fantastic interview, with a truly passionate leader and role model within our community.
The theme of this interview is completing your education and becoming a stronger role model for future generations, while at the same time giving yourself a platform to create change and influence positivity upon retirement from your playing days.
Posted by Aly Somani On October 31st, 2011
Coach Orsmond Jordan Jr.
Three time gold medalist Tamika Catchings with her father NBA legend Harvey Catchings in London 2012
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Dr. Lloyd Walton - National Basketball Players Association
" The path a player takes after basketball is usually predicated on their preparation during their basketball career. That applies to high school, collegiate and or professional basketball players. The easiest way to predict one's future, is to plan it....."
Kenny O'Banner's Bio
Commendation letter for
service in the middle east
JSU Sports Hall of Fame