Congratulations to the 2019 AAASP ASPIRE Awards Winners!

The American Association of Adapted Sports Programs is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 AAASP ASPIRE Awards last night at the ASPIRE Awards Banquet at the Renaissance Concourse Atlanta Airport Hotel.

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All of our nominees were amazing; congratulations to this year’s honorees:
Outstanding Male Athlete – Jesse Cochran, West Georgia Wolverines, Meriwether County, GA and O’lando Hicks, Houston County Sharks, Houston County, GA

Outstanding Female Athlete– Samantha Redd, Clayton County Eagles, Clayton County, GA

Advocacy Award – Delton Schoates, DeKalb County, GA; Beth McLaughlin, Houston County, GA; Dr. Zabrina Cannady, Houston County, GA; Christy Jones, Houston County, GA and Dr. Mark Scott, Houston County, GA

Outstanding Senior Award – Samuel Milliken, Gwinnett Heat, Gwinnett County, GA

School-Based Program – Atlanta Wolfpack, Atlanta Public Schools, Atlanta, GA, and Cibola High School, Albuquerque, NM

Media Award – Gil Tyree, Sports Talk at the Positive Pub, Voice America

Community Based Program – Oglebay Institute’s School of Dance, Wheeling, WV

Gail Hendricks Volunteer Award – Ricardo Applewhite, The Gail Hendricks Volunteerism Award, Clayton County Eagles, Clayton County, GA

Founders Award – Leslie Sweatman, Ben Harbin, Dr. Ralph Swearngin, Ellen Williams, and Dr. James R. Hines.

Service Award – 20+ Years – Robyn Hootselle

Special thanks to our special guests, emcee and host, Sam Crenshaw (GPB, 92.9 the Game, Atlanta City TV, voice of Georgia State Basketball on ESPN3, and guest speaker, #1 International MegaSuccess TedX Speaker and TV Host, the Unstoppable Tracy Schmitt, as well as our sponsors for making the evening possible:

Kyocera, the Renaissance Concourse Atlanta Airport Hotel, the Georgia Department of Education, Flaghouse, the Georgia High School Association, the AAASP Board of Directors, the National Alliance of Black Interpreters-Atlanta Chapter, Michelle Sims, Floors Sag or Shake?, and Emily and Aloyce Shaw.

For the full list of nominees, and general info on the event, click on the link below:

Congratulations to the 2018 AAASP ASPIRE Awards Winners!

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The American Association of Adapted Sports Programs is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 AAASP ASPIRE Awards last night at the ASPIRE Awards Banquet at the Renaissance Concourse Atlanta Airport Hotel.

 

 

All of our nominees were amazing; congratulations to this year’s honorees:

 

Outstanding Male Athlete – Logan Wegienka

Outstanding Female Athlete– Jordan Kozloski

Advocacy Award – Mike Phillips & Deborah Shapiro

Outstanding Senior Award – DeMarco Pittman

School-Based Program – Houston County Schools Sharks

Media Award – Rick Devens

Community Based Program – Insperity Adaptive Sports Complex

Gail Hendricks Volunteer Award – Curtis & Virginia Tabron

Founders Award – Ken Gordon, Lori Garrett, Gloria Brown, George Carmel, Steve Henson

Special thanks to our special guests, emcee and host, Sam Crenshaw, and guest speaker, world class athlete and Paralympian Jean Driscoll, as well as our sponsors for making the evening possible:

The Coleman Family, in Memory of Scott Coleman, Slappey & Sadd, LLC,

Georgia High School Association (GHSA), AAASP Board of Directors,

Flaghouse, ABC Medical, Beitchman Law Firm, Michele Sims, and the National

Alliance of Black Interpreters, Atlanta Chapter.

For the full list of nominees, and general info on the event, click on the link below:

Derek Claros

About Our Athletes

Rolling with Derek Claros

AAASP:

Please tell us a little about yourself.

Derek:
I was Born  in Long Island, NY – June 28, 2000.  Both of my parents are originally from El Salvador;  we moved to GA in 2006, in seek of better Doctors for me.   I  have a younger sister and an older brother — and I am  very family – oriented — and a Die Hard soccer fan!   (Real Madrid CF )

AAASP:
Where do you go to school?

Derek:
I’m currently in 11th Grade, Meadowcreek High School  (My favorite class is psychology.)
I am truly blessed by the overwhelming support I get from my peers, teachers and principals @ MHS  who attend games regularly.  My Principal Dr Welch is GA principal of the year, & constantly supports the Gwinnett Heat.

AAASP:
11th Grade… Are you looking at colleges?

Derek:
Yes I aspire to attend a  university where I can major in sports broadcasting and continue playing Wheelchair Basketball so the University of Alabama seems to fit the bill.

AAASP:
How did you find out about AAASP?

Derek:
My Mother is a social worker and regional coordinator for Parents to Parents of GA, so I got involved thanks to her.

AAASP:
How long have you been playing sports?

Derek:
I have been playing for AAASP for the 6 years with the Gwinnett Heat (through Gwinnett County Public Schools.)
I have also done Special Olympic Swimming and amputee soccer both for 2 yrs.

AAASP:
What sports do you play?  Which is your favorite?

Derek:
I currently play all 3 sports Handball , Basketball and Football. My Favorite is most definitely Basketball because it’s played internationally and it’s the most enjoyable .

AAASP:
How have things changed since you’ve been playing sports— from your perspective?

Derek:
I think I have matured immensely not only as a player but as a person , also gaining self confidence and optimism , positive popularity and constant praise and achievements,as well as better grades, due
to my participation in athletics.

AAASP:
What about from your parents’ perspective?

Derek:
They really emphasize  the  drastic change in my self image & overall outlook on life  through my  attitude and actions especially, incorporating moral & ethical values  and principles I obtain on the court and using them at home  like Discipline , Determination , patience , commitment , teamwork etc

AAASP:
Who is your Coach?

Derek:
My head Coach is Len Bordeaux  my other coaches are Dain Weigle and Lynette Swanson

AAASP:
Why should others participate in AAASP?

Derek:
It is life – changing , just like any other discipline playing sports is a gateway to greater  things. “( Media attention , Popularity and positive  flatter and overall greater sense of appreciation/ belonging  in society . Thanks to sports I have been able to do many  things , meet many and  live much happier.

AAASP:
What was your favorite sports memory to date?

Derek:
Our  1st basketball  game of this past season Vs West Georgia where I scored 18 pts and a last second free throw  to end up going to 3 Overtimes and we  won the game 28-27 after almost 3 hrs of play

AAASP:
What is one thing you’d like to share with others about playing sports?

Derek:
Just the feeling of  representing something bigger than yourself weekly & having the admiration/enthusiasm  of others is just priceless playing sports is something you just can’t overlook

AAASP:
Who is your favorite athlete and why?

Derek:
Cristiano Ronaldo because he is such a humanitarian athlete and some one I admire do to his Work ethic , discipline , Perseverance   and superb athleticism/   technical ability 1. World’s most charitable athlete 2. World’s Fittest athlete 3.world’s  Richest athlete simply the best footballer & athlete  on the planet p.s I got a room makeover I have all his posters etc

Check out Derek in this video:

http://www.gwinnettprepsports.com/schools/archer/meadowcreek-s-clarous-powers-gwinnett-heat-to-season-opening-handball/article_eab0ab39-94a8-5edb-a500-d959e63f1ce2.html