Awards

An Achievable Dream began in the summer of 1992 as a summer education and tennis program for 95 fourth graders. Wanting to do more for the children of Newport News, businessman Walter Segaloff joined forces with businesses, citizens, Newport News Public Schools, and the City of Newport News to bring about change in the community. Segaloff expressed it best when he said, “We must ‘build a dam’ to prevent children from being carried away with the flow toward failure.”

Awards

When you change lives, people notice. An Achievable Dream has been recognized as a ground-breaking effort to turn the tide of inner-city underperformance in education. Some of the more notable awards we’ve received include:

2008:
United States Army soldiers at Fort Eustis received the Kathy Canham-Ross Award of Distinction (the highest award for Community Relations) for their daily work at An Achievable Dream Academy

2006:
Neighborhood Builders Award (Bank of America)

2003:
Community Partnership Award (Mutual of America)

2002:
Distinguished Merit Citation Award for “humanitarian leadership which enriches the life of the community,” (National Conference of Community and Justice)

2001:
United States Tennis Association (USTA) President’s Award

2000:
Virginia State Board of Education Resolution of Recognition

1999:
Excellence in Education (College of Human Resources and Education, Virginia Tech)

1999:
National School of Character (National Association of Character Education Programs)

1997:
American Heroes in Education (Reader’s Digest)

1995:
Break the Mold School (Business Week and McGraw-Hill Educational Publishers)