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The Academy for Excellence in Athletics & Academics (herein referred to as “Academy”) is a  nonprofit organization. Our mission is to assist low-income and at-risk youth in their quests to become successful, self-sufficient, and industrious students and adults.


The Academy’s vision is an America where all children, regardless of their socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, nationality, language, gender or religion can realize their full potential by means of their God-given abilities and personal efforts.


The Academy provides financial assistance, academic support services, and youth sports programs that enable marginalized and underserved students to graduate from high school and attend college.

Financial Assistance 

Academy financial aid is available to eligible students in the form of academic scholarships, grants, and discounts.  In April 2017, the Academy hosted a dinner gala that recognized and honored local African American activists from the '60s and '70s. Proceeds from the event benefited students attending San Diego State University.

Academic Support Services

The Academy conducts numerous activities that benefit low-income youth and their families.  Student support services and programs include group and individualized assistance. Student success seminars and workshops provide guidance and support for students to help them overcome financial, social and institutional barriers to success.

Student Success Conferences

The Academy will convene its national Leadership Alliance Diversity Conference on April 18-20, 2018, in San Diego. The conference will address issues related to initiatives and programs that promote and advance the scholarship and success of diverse student populations. The conference will explore issues and solutions related to educating and preparing targeted student populations to cope with challenges of the 21st century.  Conference themes/topics will address how various factors shape students’ readiness, mindset and behavior; and ultimately, their personal, academic, professional and social successes.

Youth Sports Programs and Activities

The Academy sponsors community-based youth sports teams that make it possible for students from low-income to participate in organized sports activities. Participants must maintain acceptable academic progress, practice good citizenship, be disciplined and respectful of others.  The Academy's youth sports program instills essential personal values such as uprightness, integrity, sportsmanship, and teamwork.

Community Service

Adopt-A-School Program.  The Academy provides school supplies, academic support and sports programs for children enrolled in elementary schools located in predominately minority communities.

Youth Basketball Hoopla.  In November 2017, the Academy held a Youth Basketball Hoopla at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park. The event was free for residents of Southeast San Diego. The Hoopla included a basketball and conditioning camp and basketball skills contests.

Second Annual Crossroads Gala
On Friday, April 20, 2018, the Academy for Excellence in Athletics & Academics will present its second annual Crossroads Gala, a fundraising event for underserved and underrepresented K-12 and college students. Activities for the evening include a reception, dinner, live entertainment and dancing, featuring soul, R&B and funk band, Captain Morgan-Lee and the Village of K.O.R.E.; jazz band, New Vision; and “The Music Provider,” DJ Tony Wiggins. Crossroads 2018 venue is the Doubletree by Hilton San Diego - Mission Valley.