Arizona Philanthropist, Max James

Receives the Air Force Academy Distinguished Graduate Award.

Camp Soaring Eagle is extremely proud to announce that our Founder Max F. James has been named the recipient of the Air Force Academy's Distinguished Graduate Award for 2010. The award recognizes Academy graduates whose singular and distinctive contributions to our society and nation have set them apart from other graduates. Max was joined by General Ralph E. "Ed" Eberhart as the 2010 recipients and they were both recognized at a formal presentation during Founders Day in April 2011.

Max James graduated from the Air Force Academy in the Class of 1964. While on active duty, his initial assignment was as part of the astronaut recovery program at Patrick AFB, Florida. From there, he volunteered to be a helicopter rescue pilot in Vietnam. During his tour in Southeast Asia, he flew over 200 combat missions and was shot down twice. He was recognized with multiple military awards for his actions for courage under fire. After serving his military commitment, James entered the business world with the same drive shown in his military career. Among his many business activities, he was at one time the Executive Vice President of Days Inns of America (then the sixth largest hospitality lodging company in the world); he owned and operated 18 hotels in the western US; he owned seven ReMax territories in northern California; and he is the owner of American Kiosk and North American Kiosk with specialty retail operations in over 800 locations and gross sales of nearly $200 million. Through the years, James has generously given significant financial resources, time and talent in support of many worthwhile endeavors, among them the US Air Force Academy and its Center for Character and Leadership Development, the Boys and Girls Clubs, Founder of Camp Soaring Eagle, St Jude's Children's Hospital, and the Muhammad Ali Parkinson's Research Center.
Max James a resident of Sedona and Las Vegas founded the local non-profit organization, Camp Soaring Eagle, which provides camping programs to children with serious illnesses, completely free of charge to the campers and their families. Camp Soaring Eagle's offices are located in the Village of Oak Creek and they offer year round medically based camping programs. Camp Soaring Eagle has conducted four camping sessions in 2011 and is on target to serve 600 campers and family members by the end of the year. Programs offered include illness specific Camper Weekends held at the Jackpot Ranch in Camp Verde, Family Retreats held at the Briar Patch Inn and Travel Programs to member camps of the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps.
For more information about Max James or Camp Soaring Eagle, please contact Jennifer W. Perry, Executive Director of Camp Soaring Eagle, 928-284-2644 or jperry@campsoaringeagle.org