David Robinson Award

There was a sad time in American history when millions of people where oppressed, beaten, and abused.  Little hope existed for the African American in the United States.  But one particular man who was born into this ugly culture rose above it.  His name was George Washington Carver.  In the 1800s, Carver’s parents were sold as slaves for $700 and all 10 of his siblings died prematurely.  Pushed down by life and racism he was not discouraged, Carver pressed on.  

Carver found hope and love in his savior Jesus Christ and fellow Christians. Carver studied and became a professor. 


He tested and experimented and turned into a world renowned agricultural scientist.  He did the right thing when no one was looking and three American Presidents sought him out for advice.

On his grave was written, He could have added fortune to fame, but caring for neither, he found happiness and honor in being helpful to the world.

Carver’s story inspired another great man. This man is David Robinson. David is considered one of the best basketball players in the history of the world. His resume is deep. 

But the real story is the same that was written on Carver’s grave.  He finds happiness and honor in being helpful to the world.  His real resume includes: 

  • An authentic love for men

  • Leadership to young basketball players like Tony Parker and others Spurs players

  • Quality time with his children

  • Honoring a marriage to his wife Valerie

Because of his track record of loving and serving others, Admirals Academy is honored to announce the David Robinson Award. 

This Award will be given annually to the athlete in Eurasia who best exemplifies the same character qualities of George Washington Carver and David Robinson.  Those qualities are:

  1. Leadership – leading others
  2. Discipline – extra practice, extra study
  3. Initiative – doing things when not asked
  4. Integrity – doing the right thing when no one is looking
  5. Service – loving and helping others
  6. Faith – living and sharing the love of Jesus

Those who receive this award  are standing on the shoulders of great men who paved the road before them.  The winner of this award will be standing on the shoulders of giants.

The 2015 Award Winner is - Leonid Stefanyshyn, Ukranian Pro Basketball Player