Suzi KatzDirector, Special Programs and Events, NCAS
Katz is responsible for the planning and implementation of the annual celebration of National STUDENTAthlete Day and its Giant Steps Awards Program. National STUDENTAthlete Day sees over 220,000 high school and college studentathletes honored annually for achieving excellence in academics and athletics, while making significant contributions to their schools and communities. To date, over 3.6 million studentathletes have been recognized. Giant Steps Awards are given in conjunction with National STUDENTAthlete Day. Individuals are nominated in the categories of courageous studentathlete, barrier breakers, coaches, civic leaders, community organizations and heroes among us are chosen by a national voting committee. Katz is also responsible for coordinating the Annual Giant Steps Awards Banquet and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
She coordinates the Hope for Stanley (HFS) Alliance, whose mission is to provide people in sports with volunteer opportunities in areas affected by natural disasters. While Hope for Stanley was created to help rebuild the city of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, it has widened its scope. Volunteers have also traveled to Tuscaloosa, AL. and Long Island, NY. December 2013 marked the 39th trip spent by the Hope for Stanley Alliance rebuilding homes in devastated areas. Hope for Stanley volunteers have worked on 107 homes and have donated over 43,000 hours.
In addition, Katz oversees the outreach and community service program for the DeVos Sport Business Management Graduate Program at UCF and its annual weeklong new student orientation in New Orleans. Katz has created and cultivated partnerships within the Central Florida community providing volunteer opportunities for DeVos Graduate Students. Current partnerships include Frontline Outreach, Restore Hope Orlando, the Central Florida YMCA’s Teen Achievers Program, Harbor House, Out of the Life, Orlando Magic Recreation Centers, St. Bernard Project, Habitat for Humanity, Camp Boggy Creek and Deliver the Dream.