Michael & Jonae Join the NAofA Representing Contra Costa North
JoNae Gonzales and Michael Stuart team up as new partners to the National Academy of Athletics as the Contra Costa North Area Captains.
EXPANDING THE TEAM
Cities continue to request the NAofA bring their programs to their communities. Consequently, the National Academy of Athletics has been eager to develop more territories giving more children the opportunity to learn life skills through youth sports. The organization seeks out partners that are sports-minded entrepreneurs who enjoy working with kids. Their team members are passionate about bringing health and wellness, along with a love for sports, to communities all over the country.
CONTRA COSTA NORTH ADDITION
JoNae Gonzales and Michael Stuart are teaming up to manage the Contra Costa North territory for the National Academy of Athletics. JoNae started as a coach with the National Academy of Athletics while playing basketball at Sonoma State University. She was able to transfer her skills as a player and leader on the court and be a natural as a staff coach. The kids love her energy and enthusiasm. Her ability to coach, teach, and demonstrate helped the kids, especially the young girls to fall in love with playing sports and being active. JoNae is not just an ex-basketball player, she has excepted and excelled as a role model.
WHO ARE THE NEW AREA CAPTAIN’S?
JoNae grew up in Richmond, CA. Her love for sports led her to a collegiate and professional career in basketball. While she competed at these various levels, she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Sports Entertainment and Event Management at Johnson & Wales University and her Master of Science in Business and Management from the University of Nottingham in Nottingham, England. JoNae stated, “It has been a passion of mine to have a career in the sports world while still working with kids. I believe that giving the youth the correct tools while in a fun environment will allow a brighter future! I’m ecstatic to be a part of the NAofA family.”
Although Michael Stuart grew up far from California, his journey to the territory in Contra Costa North was similar to JoNae’s. Michael is from Port Saint Lucie, Florida. His passion for basketball earned him a scholarship that allowed him to earn his Bachelor in Business Administration at Johnson & Wales University. Michael now wants to focus his passion on improving the lives of our youth- their sports abilities and mentoring them to be great young adults. He commented, “I want to use sports to promote healthy lifestyles and give our youth access to an atmosphere of joy, confidence, and positivity.”
This team of Area Captain’s bring the perfect combination of ambition, experience, and values that the National Academy of Athletics seeks. CEO and Founder of the NAofA, Aaron Locks, stated,
“I am so very thankful to have JoNae and Michael join our team. Their passion for sports and business education will help them to be highly successful with the National Academy of Athletics. I love seeing when one of our coaches is able to step up, invest and take on the opportunity of becoming an Area Captain.”
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