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 student-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. 

Members include, Anton V. Vincent; President at General Mills and Chief Advisor for AWD. 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
C. Baker
​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


"​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...

 Dr. Galen Duncan                                     
   Denzel Washington with his wife. 
Anton Vincent and Othella Harrington 
Kenny O'Banner
     Anton Vincent
               Ralph Malone
             Kenny O'Banner
              Tamika Catchings
By returning to school for degrees, ex-pro athletes show youngsters the value of an education. Houston Chronicle
Rice Jr., son of Hall of Fame 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice, started his professional football career when the Washington Redskins signed him as undrafted free agent in 2014. He said moved into real estate after suffering an injury and a short stint with a Canadian football team.
    Sean Rawlings 
Athlete with Degree​ 2017

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