Athletes with Degrees   /   Success
Our Company
Athletes with Degrees/Success Inc.(AWDS) is a non-profit organization through membership and sponsorship. AWDS 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
Our Vision
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"    
Winston Churchill
Dr. G. Duncan
C. Baker
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).
​Interview with Kenny O’Banner MBA, CEO and Founder of

    ​​​​​​                         On Today’s show, Kenny O’Banner, Master of           Business Administration Graduate, former Navy officer and Fedex Executive is now the Founder and CEO 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.

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"I hope school systems throughtout the country reach out to AWDS & use their expertise to mentor aspiring student athletes with a serious dose of reality & responsibility".
​Rich Kosik​​-
seminar leader NYC  PSAL & Student - Athlete Advocate

 Dr. Galen Duncan
​Senior Director of Player Development at Detroit Lions

"​Well, I didnt quite expect to be first on deck but when the coach asks you to play a play it. I will bring the ball up otherwise the game obviously wont get started. Although I don't have stats in front of me at this moment (nor do I have time to look for them), there has been a growing trend in professional sports to look much harder at athletes that have acquired degrees. The New England Patriots were the first to boast that the majority of their team (70% or more) had obtained a 4 year degree. This philosophy has trickled down and we now look much more closely at players who have a degree. Does having a degree make you a more complete football player? I would say no. However, it does tell us certain things about a person. In a nutshell, anyone who obtains a four year degree has had to exhibit some level of commitment, persistance, time/stress management and ability to retain and express key points". These qualities are directly related to success in all endeavors...questions or comments? The ball has been passed...
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