The Criteria the Izzy Strong Award

Paying tribute to mentee Israel (Izzy) Al-Amir Graves in 2019, the 100 Black Men of Greater Charlotte created the Izzy Strong Award recognizing his bravery and unwavering excellence despite the odds during his battle with Leukemia. In honor of Izzy, this award is presented to a spirited, purpose-driven mentee who uses informed decision-making, perseverance, and determination to overcome adversity with hope and optimism. The mentee selected for this award displays a commitment to achieving the goals established for himself despite challenges that may arise. Finally, the recipient of this award exemplifies outstanding scholarship, discipline, dedication, diligence, resilience and most of all, courage.