The Society of African American Professionals seeks to recognize individuals that have made significant contributions to African Americans within the Boys & Girls Club Movement. The Awards nomination process is opened to anyone who would like to nominate a professional for advancing African American professionals within the Boys & Girls Club Movement.
The Lou Dantzler Award
Lou Dantzler was a key founder of SOAAP and leading Boys & Girls Club executive who changed the face of his South Central Los Angeles community. The Lou Dantzler Award personifies the hard work, high standards and abundant selflessness of its recipients.
2012 - Mr. Michael Cranford
2011- Mr. Robert Howard
2010 - Mr. Richard Jones
2008 - Mr. Calvester R. Stanley
2007 - Dr. Carter Savage
2006 - Mr. David A. Smith
2005 - Mr. Gene Bailey
2004 - Mr. John Miller
2003 - Mr. James Cox
2002 - Mr. Lincoln D. Ellis
James D. Cox Memorial
Jim Cox (1947 – 2011) was a nationally recognized, career Boys & Girls Club professional with a broad reach and impact on Boys & Girls Club professionals. The James D. Cox Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established to highlight the work of Club professionals in areas that Jim pioneered and uniquely championed as Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Vice President of Urban Services: gang prevention, diversity, family strengthening, healthy lifestyles, rites of passage for adolescent males and the National Fatherhood Initiative.
In order to establish the James D. Cox Memorial Scholarship Fund, SOAAP’s leadership has committed over $10,000. However, since a true appreciation of the impact of Jim’s legacy extends beyond African American professionals, we invite everyone from the full scope of the Boys & Girls Clubs Movement to make a gift. Your gift, at any level, will be acknowledged and is more than appreciated. You can make a donation by clicking donate below– or completing the form [Download Here] and returning it to the address listed.
Thank you for your gift and your investment in professional development.
The Founders Award
Celebrates a career milestone achieved by an individual with twenty or more years of service focused on the development of Boys & Girls Club youth and professionals.
2012 - Ms. Judith J. Pickens
2005 - Mr. Carl Lavender
2004 - Mr. Lou Dantzler
The Robert Hassin Scholarship
Robert Hassin dedicated his life, talents and resources to improving the quality of life for children and their families. Robert Hassin served as President/CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago from 1991 – 2001 and was the first African-American president of the organization.
In December 2002, SOAAP established the Robert Hassin Scholarship to award $1,000 to SOAAP members to support their attendance at the Boys & Girls Clubs National Conference.
Click the link below to see the requirements and complete an application for consideration. Applications must be received 60 days prior to the annual National Conference.