NJCAA Leaders for Life Program- Student-Athlete Award for April 21,
April 23, 2010
Paris Amado, Roxbury Community College (Mass.)
Sport: Men's Basketball
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Roxbury Community College (Mass.) basketball star Paris Amado is the April 21, 2010 recipient of the NJCAA Leaders for Life Student-Athlete of the Week Award.
Amado, a native of Roxbury, Mass., just completed his second season of play for the RCC men's basketball team where he served as team co-caption for the 2010 season. Head coach Kwami Green appointed Amado as one of the team's leaders due to the positive examples he sets for his teammates on and off the court.
"He is the type of student-athlete that we (RCC) want acting as an ambassador for our program," said Green. "He is fair, ethical and responsible. Aside from his tremendous athletic ability, he is also a fantastic person."
Amado has been very active in the Roxbury community. He volunteered at Grove Hall Branch Library this past season for their "Talk, Read & Play" program, which 50+ children (ages 1-5) attended. Amado read to the children and helped them read to one another. In addition to reading, he also assisted in arts and crafts projects.
"I love seeing the smiles on the faces of the kids," explained Amado of the event. "It's great to take part in events that can put a smile on a child's face that may not have the opportunity to receive encouragement elsewhere."
Amado also serves as a volunteer with the Greater Boston Food Bank. He has assisted in events where over 6,000 pounds of food have been sorted and 1,200 meals have been prepared for families in need.
On the basketball court, he led the NJCAA Division III ranks this season in
assists per game (9.7)
He averaged 6.7 points per game in helping the Tigers win the Region 21 Championship and a fifth place finish at this year's national tournament.
Amado wants to one day become involved with an NBA franchise as a co-owner or general manager, but first wants to earn a bachelors degree in business.
"Most importantly, I plan to return to the inner city communities to tell my story and show that achieving your dreams is not just a dream. It can be a reality if you believe, but more so if you not afraid to put in the hard work that it takes to get there."
About the NJCAA Leaders for Life Program
The NJCAA is proud to offer its member colleges leadership based training for coaches, staff and student athletes through the Leaders for Life Program (LLP). The purpose of LLP is to provide member colleges with the resources to develop leadership skills and promote sportsmanship. LLP is based upon the concept that two-year college athletics at its best can provide training and development for coaches and athletes to reach their potential as leaders, academicians, good citizens, and great athletes.
The main focus of the Leaders for Life Program is teaching leadership skills to promote sportsmanship. In an attempt to further promote LLP, the NJCAA will honor student-athletes that represent their school and community with integrity, responsibility and respect...thus putting themselves in a position to be Leaders for Life.
Selected student-athletes will be recognized on the NJCAA 360' show (www.njcaa.org/njcaa360.cfm) and on the NJCAA website (www.njcaa.org).