A&M News

We’re in the middle of the season for our 6th grade and 9th/U travel team and it has been a success so far with the development of our players. In the very near future, both teams will participate in the Brewer Regional Division III and Rumble in the Bronx tournament.

We are excited to introduce our new coach/fitness trainer to our program. Jessen Cadet is a Strength and Conditioning fitness trainer with certification in NCCPT. Jessen currently works at Crunch Gym and is ranked amongst the best trainers in the city. Jessen will help take A&M and the student-athletes involved game to another level. Jessen played Varsity basketball with Ray Abellard while at Erasmus High school.

A&M Accolades

In the past few years, A&M Sports Academy has sent 5 Scholarship student-athletes
from the program to Brant Lake Camp and Camp Laurel for the summer. Since their
establishment in 2008, 11 student-athletes entering their Freshman year of high school
has participated on the Varsity basketball level. In the past 5 years out of 11 student
athletes, 5 of them have made 1st or 2nd All-League team and 4 have
accomplished MVP honors. In addition to many successful accolades, A&M has
produced five 1,000 point scorers. What we are most proud of is their dedication to
there academics following the 4 key tenets of GRIT, DETERMINATION, RESPECT, AND

Ride to Montauk for Clean Hands for Haiti

Dear Friends,

On May 16th, 2015, David Wander, Partner of Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP, will be participating in the 150 mile “Ride to Montauk” bike ride, from Manhattan to the Montauk Lighthouse.  David is using this event to raise money for the A&M Sports Academy’s “Clean Hands for Haiti” Program.

Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the Americas.  The extreme poverty effects every area of life, from childhood malnourishment to reduced life expectancy, from illiteracy to high unemployment.  Life is harsh and opportunities are few.

Since 2010, Ray Abellard and Andre Murray, co-founders and directors of A&M Sports Academy, a 501(c)(3) organization, have been going to Haiti and “giving back” to the youth with a basketball centered program that provides much more. Via Clean Hands for Haiti, A&M provides educational scholarships and basic social services to 15 Haitian students to attend school in Haiti.  Also, through its annual basketball clinics in the towns of Hinche and Port Au Prince, A&M provides school supplies, clothing and shoes to some 100 kids. Last year at its annual clinics, A&M provided free health screenings and medical check-ups to the children who participated.    This coming year, A&M will continue with its annual basketball clinics and provide school supplies and clothing to its participants.  But to further help the children of Haiti, A&M is partnering with CitiDental Group to also provide free dental cleanings, emergency dental care, and an Oral Hygiene Everyday Care Seminar to those who participate in the basketball clinics and to the 15 Haitian students it sponsors.  All of the funds A&M receives for Clean Hands for Haiti will support the aforementioned services it currently provides.  The funds will also become the seed money to increase the number of Haitian students it sponsors, and to also establish a free and safe community based tutorial center for the A&M sponsored students, with hopes of partnering with local schools to open up the free services to their students.

A&M’s goal “is to give the kids a reason to smile and have hope, and to learn that through four key tenets: grit, determination, respect and confidence, they’ll have a chance to make something of their lives.”

To learn more about Clean Hands for Haiti go to www.anmsportsacademy.com  and for a full documentary:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VR1uc7pEGzA&feature=youtu.be

Please support “Clean Hands for Haiti” by sponsoring my ride.

Donation suggestions:
25¢  a mile = $37.50
50¢ a mile = $75
$1.00 a mile =$150
$2.00 a mile = $300

Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated—every dollar counts! www.gofundme.com/davidsridetomntk
Or send me a check payable to “A&M Sports Academy c/o David Wander, Esq., Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP, 605 Third Avenue, NY, NY 10158

A&M All -Star Weekend

We wanted to say thank you to all who came and participated in our A&M night out and our First Annual A&M All -Star Weekend. These past two weekends were very successful. Thank you to all who came to Barclays to witness the Brooklyn Nets vs Washington Wizards. We had a great turnout. We also had our First A&M All Star Weekend and 3-point “High &Soft” Shootout.

January 24th, 2015- A&M All Star Weekend
Congratulations to Sheik Kourouma, Jeremy Tahari, Robert Frischling, and Nadar Gran Maryeh for winning A&M All- Star Weekend 3 -on -3 Contest and Most Outstanding Player- Sheik Kourouma.

Also Congratulations to our 3 Point “High & Soft” Shoot Out Champion Abraham Kourouma.

January 25th, 2015

Led by their tenacious defense and great team play by both travel teams the 6th and 8th graders went undefeated this past weekend in their travel basketball games. A record of 3-0.

Congrats to both teams and keep up the good work !!!!!

Students of the Month in Haiti

Steve Louissaint, Le’cole Jean Du’sacre Coeur
Overcoming obstacles and living through tough circumstances, could never tell the story of Steve Louissaint. One of our rising star student in A&M Sports Academy; residing in Haiti, Port Au Prince. His will to overcome every obstacle makes Steve one of the special students in our academy. There is no question Steve will succeed its just a matter of time. His Charisma and charm is what makes Steve a great student and even greater kid. He is focused, humble, and dedicated to changing the path of his future and his family. Steve is ranked 2nd academically in his entire school.
Congrats Steve!



Clerona Belanger, College Mixte Petit Fre’re de Jesus
Congratulations to Clerona Belanger (13yrs), who attends College Mixte Petit Fre’re de Jesus in Port au Prince, Haiti. Clerona is ranked 3rd in her entire school and one of the children A&M Sports Academy sponsors via Clean Hands for Haiti. Her dedication to be one of the best in her school has helped her to maintain a high grade point average. Clerona has shown A&M Sports Academy Key Tenet of Grit; achieving amazing heights despite her many obstacles.

Student Athletes of the Month

Andrew Ross- 5th grade/Fieldston
Andrew Ross a.k.a “Little Rozay” is what everybody calls him but he is the Giant with-in. With his great tenacity and determination, Andrew has proven to his opponents and himself that he has the ability to hit clutch 3s when his team needs it. Off the court, he is a kind, loving, soft spoken, yet stands the tallest on the court. In the past two travel games, lil Rozay has made an astonishing 9 three pointers. Leading his team to a victory. On his leisure time, he plays piano and loves to write. His work ethic and commitment at a young age is amazing. He is also very sharp in School averaging an A as an overall grade.
Keep up the good work!



Andrew Becil- Junior at Columbia Prep H.S
Andrew Becil has achieved great success in this early part of the school year. He has become a great leader to not only his school basketball team, but to his two younger brothers who will follow in his path. He has achieved all tournament team in the Opening Tournament for the season. He is also outstanding in the classroom receiving a 3.5 G.P.A in school with all advanced classes. Andrew sets the tone for not only his teammates, but for his twin little brothers who aspire to be as great as he. With great work ethic on the court and continued success in school, Andrew has a bright future.
Congratulations Andrew!!


Spencer Katz- Junior at Birch Wathem Lenox H.S
Spencer Katz is the epitome of grit, determination, respect, and confidence. Working diligently and at any mean necessary, spencer has shown the great work ethic and respect to the game of basketball this past summer. Improving in all aspect of his game vocally, physically, and mentally, spencer has seen impactful results; receiving All Tournament Honors and a 3-0 record to start his High School Season. With his consistent leadership role on his team, Spencer has inspiration of leading his team to a state championship this year. Spencer’s current G.P.A is 3.7.
Congrats Spencer!



Malik Cole- 6th grade/P.S 138
With his great leadership and highly respectful personality, Malik cole is a prime example of young man who is on the path to success. His humble character on and off the court sets examples for his piers to follow.
Malik’s passion for the game of basketball has helped him to become the leader/captain of his 6th grade travel team and starting on his school 8th grade team. He is what every coach expect from his/her players.
Malik is not only an outstanding athlete but an astute student holding a current G.P.A of 86.5%. Malik will succeed at any cost. His unselfishness and team first attitude has him aspiring to become a professional basketball player. His plan b is to do Computer Engineering. In addition to playing basketball, He loves math and loves to have fun with his friends and family.
Congrats Malik!