MENTORSHIP & DEVELOPMENT

 

We are committed to developing our sports participant's skills in order to play competitively with the goal of being placed on an elite team. These elite teams will play predominantly in local tournaments in Arizona with a few traveling trips depending on the sport. We spend quality time working on fundamentals directly with their coaches and prepare them to excel at a higher level of competition. The purpose of the Mentorship & Development Program is to provide instruction beyond what is available at a recreational level. The emphasis remains on teaching the best fundamentals possible.

 

The mentors and volunteers involved are from established programs throughout the Metro Phoenix area, they are often family and/or friends of participants. They are always encouraged to seek out resources from the community to enhance their ability to guide and teach our young athletes the fundamentals, leadership, and life skills needed to thrive in any situation they encounter.

TROY CAMPBELL
MENTOR

Troy is a born and raised Phoenician and has always been passionate about giving back to the youth in our community. As a graduate of Washington High School, Troy played football and was awarded a Junior College scholarship to Glendale Community College for 2 seasons before earning a football scholarship to Northern Arizona University (NAU) where he graduated with a BA in Business Administration in 1999. Working with youth to assist them in positively developing into productive adults is not only a career but a passion. Troy began working with youth while still in college during the summer designing and implementing activities at Maryvale, Trevor Browne, and Carl Hayden High Schools for the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department.

 

After graduation and brief stint developing management skills in the business field, he began working at Tumbleweed Center For Youth Development’s detention alternative program where he found his true career purpose. Soon after, he was promoted to help create and manage a youth learning center that provided an array of services for youth ages 14 – 25. With Troy’s leadership, the program expanded beyond expectations as he developed and designed educational and workforce development services to best help prepare disadvantaged youth with the necessary skills to succeed personally, academically, and economically. In 2007 he also helps start the Arizona Saints Youth Mentoring Organization for youth ages 5 - 17 as he saw a need to cultivate positive habits and character for youth at an earlier age. After 18 years of working with youth, Mr. Campbell has had the pleasure of seeing the fruitful outcome of the youth he has worked with over the years become very successful professionals and parents as adults. As Co-President and a Head Coach of the AZ Saints, Troy remains steadfast at investing in the worlds greatest resource, our youth.

BOBBY WADE
MENTOR

Bobby Wade has been with the AZ Saints Organization since 2011. He attended Desert Vista High School in Phoenix, Arizona and was a student letter-winner in football, track & field, soccer, and basketball. As a senior, he was the USA Today High School Football Player of the Year and he helped lead his team to the Class 5A State Championship. In track & field, he won the Class 5A triple jump title as a senior.

 

He went to college at the University of Arizona and played football as a Wildcat wide receiver. In 33 games, he caught 200 passes for 2897 yards 19 touchdowns and inducted into the Hall of Fame. The Chicago Bears selected him in the fifth round of the 2003 NFL Draft. His outstanding football credentials include a 7-year career as an NFL wide receiver for the Chicago Bears, Tennessee Titans, Minnesota Vikings, Kansas City Chiefs, and Washington Redskins. He has been coaching football with the AZ Saints for several years.

 

After his 8 year career as an NFL standout, he immediately returned back to the community that raised him and begins to dedicate his time and life experiences to others. As Co-President as well as Head Coach of the Arizona Saints Youth Mentoring Organization his mission is to empower all youth with the tools necessary to be successful in life.

 

Bobby is originally from Orange County, California. He is passionate about his role with the AZ Saints as an Organizational Leader, Head Coach and as a Mentor. He loves to spend his free time with family and friends, traveling, and of course, watching and following football.

KORY FULLER
MENTOR

Kory Fuller has served 8 years with the Tucson Police Department as a patrol officer, a member of the Rapid Response Team, and an undercover officer with Counter Narcotics Alliance.  During Mr. Fuller’s service, he has received 5 commendations two of which involved saving lives.

 

Prior to becoming a police officer, Mr. Fuller worked as a correctional officer in Eloy and Florence for 6 and a half years.  He was a member of the Special Operations Response Team and facilitated the Youth Scarred Straight program at CCA Florence Correctional Center.  Mr. Fuller also worked with Arizona Department Juvenile Corrections.

 

Despite having a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Northern Arizona University, 8 years as a police officer, and 6 and half years as a corrections officer, he felt a calling to work with young people.  Mr. Fuller relocated to Phoenix and worked as the WIA Workforce Development Specialist for Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development.  He is now a Destination Graduation Coordinator at Camelback High School, and the founder and facilitator of the Camelback High School men’s support group, ‘Breaking the Cycle’. 

 

Mr. Fuller has partnered with Deon Clark to serve as a facilitator with the Legacy I-3 Energy Workforce Preparation and Economic Development Program, which prepares selected senior high school students in the Phoenix Union High School District to enter critical energy-industry positions.  Mr. Fuller is also the PW Division Head Football Coach, and Vice President of the AZ Saints Youth Mentoring Organization.  Mr. Fuller is also a devoted husband and father.

JAMES WADE HINCKLEY
MENTOR

James, born in Phoenix Arizona, attended school in the Maryvale area graduating from Bostrom and Maryvale High Schools. Starting at age 13 he became involved in gang activity. In 1991 at the age of 17, he ended up with a nearly fatal gunshot wound to his spinal cord with paralysis in his arms and legs. Despite these hardships, James led a peer mentoring program to help others to make better choices and stay out of gangs.

 

James furthered his education by attending Phoenix College where he continued his involvement in the community, by speaking on panels and workshops such as a Martin Luther King Youth Rally, City Dads, and the Arizona Christian Youth Center. He was also a part of organizing diverse cultural and ethnic groups to come together for a common purpose. He also starred in a featured documentary “Shot by a Kid” that was produced by BBC network. He went on to Arizona State University, receiving his Bachelor degree in social work. Since then, James has partnered with his brother Bobby to speak to kids throughout the country about gang intervention and prevention using the choices, decisions, and consequences formula. In 2010, James received the Governor’s Award for Mentor of the Year, presented by Jan Brewer. More recently he was in a documentary, Moving Forward Before and After Quadriplegia. James believes that his drive and determination he learned through sports prior to his injury shows that no matter what you’re faced with in life to never give up and keep a positive attitude. James currently plays for the Spo-fit Sparks on their power wheelchair soccer team. Overall, James believes that his faith in Christ has sustained him throughout his life.

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