National Alliance of African-American Athletes

Watkins Teen Summit

Presented by the
National Alliance of African American Athletes

The Student Athlete Project

Washington, D.C. – The National Alliance of African American Athletes  hosted the Franklin D. Watkins Teen Summit on Leadership and Achievement on Saturday, March 9th.

Location: Charles Houston Recreation Center

                901 Wythe Street

                Alexandria, VA 22314


 The Summit, which is held in conjunction with the annual Franklin D. Watkins Award Gala, was free and open to all teenagers in the Washington area. The day began with a continental breakfast at 10:00 am

We invited local teens and young adults to participate in the Franklin D. Watkins Award Weekend Teen Summit event  from 10am to 12pm. The summit invited professional athletes, sports professionals, and local teens together to discuss important issues facing student-athletes. Students were placed at a table with a professional athlete or sports professional for a guided discussion covering topics such as balancing academics and athletics, decision making in tough situations, time management, and sexual harassment. Students will also have an opportunity to hear inspiring stories from the 2018 Franklin D. Watkins Award Honorees, along with former and current NFL players.  Our Summit is an open forum for discussion with exceptional athletes who are being honored for their extraordinary academic accomplishments.    

We will covered the following topics, along with a session for open talk with our special guests:

  • Academic Preparedness and Support
  • NCAA eligibility and recruiting guidelines and how to self-promote as a student Athlete
  • Social Media-  Do's and Don'ts
  • The importance of community service and how to do more
  • Sexual harassment/assault. What it is, how to deal with it, positive interactions with peers.