2023 Honorees Include:

Tracy McGrady

NBA Hall Of Famer

ABIS Inspirational Award

Nikki Fargas

President of the WNBA, Las Vegas Aces 2022 National Champions

ABIS Executive Excellence Award

Chuck D

Rap Legend from Public Enemy

ABIS John Carlos & Tommie Smith Social Justice Champion Award

Tony Reagins

Team USA Baseball General Manager

ABIS Ulice Payne Ambassador Award

Ryan Clark

ESPN Football Analyst

ABIS William C. Rhoden Sports Media Award

Edwin Moses

Olympian Track & Field Coach

ABIS Hall of Fame Award

Bobby Kersee

Olympian Track & Field Coach

ABIS Eddie Robinson Coaches Award

Ndidi Massay

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Corporate Responsibility, CBS Sports

ABIS Sonny Vaccaro Champion of Change Award

2022 ABIS Annual Fundraising Gala Recap

ABIS Champions & Legends Weekend is a premier fundraising event supporting athletes on their journey through high school, college and beyond by providing scholarships, life skills training, and strategic guidance. We provide programs and services that eliminate structured, systemic barriers for Black student athletes and coaches.


ABIS Champions & Legends Weekend by CEO & Founder, Gary Charles

Gary Charles, best known for many things, notably he was the first person to be able to generate a shoe deal for the late Kobe Bryant.  He is close friends with Sonny Vacarro.  He has coached numerous NBA stars.  He was the co-founder of FAB48 Basketball tournament and is the current co-founder of Big Time Las Vegas basketball tournament with over 600 teams in attendance.  

Gary Charles is a visionary and a go-getter.  He had a vision to create the Advancement of Black In Sports in 2020 after the George Floyd murder.  ABIS was a dream he had for many, many year, but he was determined to make it a reality when he couldn’t take the abuse and inequities of Blacks anymore after he watched the death of George Floyd.  

Gary is a sport guy.  So what better way to push forward his mission than to fight for equality for Blacks in sports.  From fair hiring practices, empowering Black collegiate athletes, addressing mental health in sports and so much more. 

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