“Aiming for the Stars”
African American Male Academic Bowl

Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD), Project Still I Rise, Inc., Senator Royce West’s Office and University of Texas at Dallas , along with other community partners, are planning for the 2017 African American Male Academic Bowl. This event targets participation from students within all Texas independent school districts. The event will engage boys throughout North Texas, grades 4 through 8 in a dynamic and enlightening academic competition similar to popular television quiz shows.


University of Texas at Dallas

The 2016 Aiming for the Stars African American Male Academic Bowl was held on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at University of Texas at Dallas. Get directions to the University of Texas at Dallas campus.

University of Texas at Dallas

800 W Campbell Rd.

Richardson, TX 75080



Honorary Chairs

Senator Royce West

senator-royce-west Royce West, Senator,Texas Senate

Royce West was first elected to the Texas Senate in November 1992. Since taking office he has represented the 23rd Senatorial District on behalf of the citizens of Dallas County in the Texas Legislature. During his tenure, Senator West has been named by Texas Monthly as one of the 25 most powerful people in Texas politics, been selected for the magazine's biennial “Ten Best Legislators in Texas” list, and has twice been named as an “Honorable Mention.” Senator West has also received mention on the Associated Press’ “Movers and Shakers” list, and Texas Insider named Senator West to its 2009 “Best Legislators” list.

Dr. Hobson Wildenthal

dr-hobson-wildenthalDr. Hobson Wildenthal, President,The University of Texas @ Dallas

Dr. Hobson Wildenthal graduated with a bachelor's degree in English and Mathematics from Sul Ross State College in 1958, where his father, Bryan Wildenthal, was president from 1952 to 1965. After earning a PhD in physics in 1964 from the University of Kansas, he held appointments at Rice University, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Texas A&M University and, for 13 years, Michigan State University. He devoted most of the 20 years of his pre-administrative academic career to experimental and theoretical studies of the structure of atomic nuclei, and to teaching large classes of beginning undergraduate physics students. His research is detailed in more than 200 journals and conference proceedings.

He was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 1973, and has held visiting appointments at Brookhaven and Los Alamos national laboratories, at the University of Munich, at the Max Planck Institute fur Kernphysik in Heidelberg, at the Gesellschaft fur Schwerionenforschung in Darmstadt, at the University of Paris (Orsay), at the Universities of Oxford and Manchester, and at the University of Sao Paulo. He has been awarded both a Senior U.S. Fellowship from Germany’s Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and a Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

Wildenthal moved into administrative roles first as Department Head of Physics and Atmospheric Science at Drexel University and then as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of New Mexico. He came to UT Dallas in 1992 as Vice President for Academic Affairs. He was named Provost in 1994 and Executive Vice President in 1999. On May 6, 2015, UT System Chancellor William McRaven appointed Wildenthal ad interim president of the University. Wildenthal’s appointment became effective July 1, 2015.

Dr. Joe May

dr-joe-mayDr. Joe May, Chancellor, Dallas County Community College District

Dr. Joe May started his higher education career in 1978 as an adjunct faculty member at Cedar Valley College in the Dallas County Community College District. Those initial experiences were the foundation for his strong belief that the role of community colleges is the solution for the greatest challenges facing individuals, employers and communities.

Selected as the seventh chancellor of the Dallas County Community College District, Dr. Joe May assumed his duties at DCCCD in late February 2014. Throughout his career, May has expanded opportunities for students who want to pursue a bachelor's degree by starting at a community college. At the same time, he brings a strong commitment to improve the Dallas economy by helping to grow middle-class jobs. He is known both nationally and internationally as a result of his relentless advocacy for the role of community colleges in solving today's most challenging social issues.


What is “Aiming for the Stars”?

This is an academic tournament that invites teams of three youth and one team coach to engage in a single elimination tournament which will test them on a wide range of topics. There are two divisions: Elementary (4th – 5th grade) & Middle School (6th- 8th grade). Each round is designed as a game that will quiz two teams within a designated time frame. A moderator will ask questions and it is up to a team member, from either team, to signal that he can give the correct answer. Judges will be on hand to acknowledge confirmation of the answers and the team that answers the most questions correctly before time has expired wins. The top two teams from both categories will meet in the championship round. The winners and their respective coaches from both categories will receive special awards separate from all of those who participate.

This tournament boasts hundreds of boys that stretched teams from community groups, faith based organizations, public schools, and private school groups.


Purpose of the Event

  • To promote Academic Achievement among African American males.
  • To encourage African American Male youth to continue to excel in their educational endeavors
  • To encourage team work, peer mentoring, peer accountability, peer learning and competitive academic completion among African American male youth.
  • Increase male mentoring relationship with young African American males.
  • To counteract the negative images of African American male youth in all aspects of the media.
  • To increase out of school time learning for African American male underrepresented communities.