Boris Kodjoe Joins Phoenix Area My Brother's Keeper Sports Box Dialogue Panel

September 4 - Phoenix, AZ -- The Checkered Flag Run Foundation is pleased to announce that in addition of former Collegiate tennis player and actor, Boris Kodjoe to their esteemed panel of local Phoenix area sports legends and executives at the My Brother’s Keeper: Sports Box Dialogue event at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church in Phoenix, AZ on September 12, 2015. 

Kodjoe, a former number one tennis junior player, attended the same tennis academy in Germany as Boris Becker and Steffi Graf. Later Kodjoe attended Virginia Commonwealth University on a tennis scholarship and still plays the game with 21-time Grand Slam singles Champ Serena Williams.

Kodjoe joins a long list of Phoenix area sports legends and sports executives that will share their personal stories as well as inspire over than 500 middle school and high school students about the many opportunities available to them that are beyond the court, track or field.

This event is presented by Checkered Flag Run Foundation (CFRF) and in association with the Black Chamber of Arizona, Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Arizona Informant. The event is part of the Foundation’s efforts that supports youth in overcoming obstacles on the road to success by reaching their full potential.

The Phoenix My Brothers Keeper: Sports Box Dialogue is one of several different area activities happening as a response to President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge which was accepted by City of Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton in September of 2014.     

The Honorable Art Hamilton will be moderating the panel of respected sports figures. In addition to Kodjoe. the revered panel includes:

  • Cedric  Ceballos – Former  Phoenix Sun, 1992 NBA Slam Dunk Champion, NBA 1995 All-Star Selection
  • T.J. Millington – former  NASCAR Truck Series Driver
  • Augie Ojeda – former  Arizona Diamondback
  • Simeon Rice – Former  Arizona Cardinal, Three-Time NFL Pro-Bowl Selection, Four-Time All Pro NFL Selection and 2003 NFL Super Bowl Champion
  • Robert Sarver  – Owner of the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury
  • Bryan R. Sperber  – President of Phoenix International Raceway
  • De Jon Watson – Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations, Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Adrian Williams – Former Phoenix Mercury, 2003 WNBA All-Star Selection

Alan (AP) Powell, CFRF founder said, “the panel’s unique experiences provide great insight to local youth in putting available opportunities into perspective. We want our youth to see the big picture and all that education can afford them.”

MBK Sports Box Dialogue Event Highlights:

  • MBK Sports Box Dialogue - Panel discussion, Q&A and vendors onsite to provide information about programs, internships, job and volunteer opportunities
  • Saturday, September 12, 2015
  • 1:00pm – 3:00pm (doors open at noon)
  • Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church (1401 E. Jefferson St, Phoenix, AZ  85034
  • FREE & Open to the public – registration requested as space is limited
  • BONUS Arizona Diamondbacks Outing:  The first 500 youth in attendance with an accompanied adult will receive complimentary tickets, souvenir t-shirts and transportation from Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, to the Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Los Angeles Dodgers game that evening at 5:10 p.m. at Chase Field, and back to the Church following the game.

Event include: Arizona Diamondbacks, University of Phoenix College of Security & Criminal Justice, Pocket Teller Inc., Superstition Springs Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM, MESA Airlines, Phoenix Police Department, Rose+Moser+Allyn PR, ThinkZILLA PR Group and City Buzz Digital.

For more information and to register for MBK: Sports Box Dialogue, call 602-258-0831 or visit

For Media RSVP and interview requests, contact Velma Trayham at or 832-341-7431.

About Checkered Flag Run Foundation

The Checkered Flag Run Foundation is a 501c3 charitable organization whose mission is to provide diverse educational programs that impact under-served students. The Foundation delivers programs like MBK sports Box Dialogue out of its belief that access to quality educational opportunities ensures the investment of every student getting to cross the “finish line.”