DeKalb player and coach win top honors at ASPIRE Awards

DeKalb Silver Streaks coach Delton Schoates joined freshman phenom Najee Smothers as award winners at the 2022 American Association of Adapted Sports Programs’ (AAASP) ASPIRE Awards Banquet on Oct. 23.

According to a news release, Adapted Sports Programs in Recreation and Education (ASPIRE) awards recognize the contributions of individuals and organizations that have helped accomplish the mission of making adapted sports programming available nationwide.   

Smothers won the Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year award while Schoates won the Coach of the Year award.

DeKalb County School District was represented by six nominees during the ceremony which honored 47 nominees and 20 award winners.

Schoates coaches the Silver Streaks in handball, basketball, and football with his brother Everette Schoates – who was nominated for the Leadership Award. District officials said Delton Schoates has been involved with the AAASP programs since his mother was a coach and continued the family tradition along with his brother.

Smothers received the Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year Award for his play during the 2022 school year. He recently scored all 16 points in a Silver Streaks handball victory. Smothers was not present at the award ceremony because he was playing a game during halftime of the Atlanta Hawks NBA game.

Smothers at the 2022 wheelchair basketball state championship in Macon. File photo

Smother’s teammate Corey Swain was nominated for the High School Senior Athlete Award along with four others. Zoey Schied of the Muscogee County Lions program won the award.

The Silver Streaks were also nominated for the School-Based Program Award, which was given to the Clayton County Schools program.

DeKalb County School District Athletic Specialist Mark Brock was one of two nominated for their promotion and advocacy of AAASP as a Media Hero. Marvin James of Macon’s WMAZ Channel 13 received the award.

AAASP’s award ceremony marked the fourth ASPIRE Awards Banquet. The banquet was held at Maggiano’s in Atlanta.

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