Bret Cooper

The Phoenix Club of Philadelphia, which established the Dawn Staley Award had a special ceremony at the Union League on Friday, April 17. South Carolina All-American Tiffany Mitchell was presented with the Dawn Staley Award. Mitchell led the Gamecocks to the NCAA Final Four. She became the sixth women in SEC history to earn back-to-back Player of the Year honors. The 5-foot-9 senior guard averaged 14.4 points a game.

WNBA chief of basketball operations and player relations Renee Brown was presented with the Legends Award. Brown oversees all player scouting and acquisition for the league and the administration of player related polices and programs.

2016 Junior Academic All American Bowl

Bret Cooper is one of the nation’s most knowledgeable people when it comes to youth football. Cooper has done a great job of providing youngsters with a good foundation for the game. It’s academics first and football second.

He has put together the 2016 Junior Academic All American Bowl. The players selected to compete in this bowl game have shown the ability to work hard on and off the field. This bowl games have some of the top student athletes in the nation. This year’s bowl games will be held in Dallas, Texas on Jan. 2, 2016. Cooper has bowl games for sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth graders. To nominate a player and for more information go to http://www.eventbrite.com/e/nominate-bret-cooper-football-2015-junior-academic-all-american-bowl-tickets-8797291937?aff=erelexporg or bretcooperfootball.com.

Local NFL draft prospect Ibraheim Campbell listed nationally

Northwestern University strong safety Ibraheim Campbell, who starred at Chestnut Hill Academy, could be taken in the NFL draft on April 30-May in Chicago. Campbell was recently listed in Sports Illustrated among its Top 300 prospects.

Campbell, a 5-11, 220-pounder, was a four-year starter at Northwestern. He earned second-team All-Big 10 honors. He finished his career with 11 interceptions. Campbell had 316 total tackles. He had nine tackles in his last game against Illinois.

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