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 2015 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 2015 Aiming for the Stars African American Male Academic Bowl will took place on Saturday, January 31, 2015 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. David E. Daniel

Dr. David Daniel President,
The University of Texas @ Dallas

David E. Daniel is the fourth president of The University of Texas at Dallas. He received his bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees in engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, and served on the faculty at UT Austin from 1980 to 1996. In 1996, he moved to the University of Illinois, finishing his service there as Dean of Engineering before being appointed UT Dallas' president in 2005. Dr. Daniel’s professional work has been recognized by the American Society of Civil Engineers, which awarded him its highest honor for papers published in its journals (the Norman Medal) and on two separate occasions awarded him its second highest honor, the Croes Medal. In 2000, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, the nation’s most prestigious organization recognizing engineering achievement.

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.