The California Alliance of African American Educators (CAAAE) has received a Super Bowl 50 Fund Playmaker grant for extraordinary community efforts and community impact.
The award also recognizes the outstanding contributions of Gloria Whitaker-Daniels, Director of the CAAAE’s STEM program (the Dr. Frank S. Greene Scholars), for her leadership during the past six of the program’s 14 years.
“We are thrilled to receive this special recognition,” said Debra Watkins, Founder and executive director of CAAAE and founder of the Greene Scholars Program.
“Gloria’s leadership of a remarkable team of committed parents of our scholars is worthy of this prestigious award,” said Watkins. “Her dedication and passion for carrying out the vision of building culturally conscious African American students who are life-long learners and critical thinkers is truly commendable.”
Daniels has been a special driving force in growing the CAAAE’s Greene Scholars Program as a parent volunteer since 2001. In 2009, she was appointed GSP director where she helped grow the number of scholars served and helped enhance the program curriculum.
“I am proud to nurture our children’s interest in STEM increasing the pipeline of students ready to enter our technology driven workforce plus serve our Bay Area community,” said Daniels.
50 Fund is a philanthropic initiative of Super Bowl 50. The Playmaker grant program provides $10,000 grants to community-based organizations with a passionate advocate and a specific, compelling need for funds with an immediate community impact.
Each week for 50 weeks prior to the Super Bowl, the Super Bowl 50 Fund will award a grant and highlight a local bay area non-profit. Its goal is to help close the opportunity gap that exists for Bay Area children, youth and young adults living in low-income communities.