Jeff Nix Scholarship

At the 2008 Camouflage Kids fundraising event, Ray Stults (co-founder of Camouflage Kids) announced the formation of a Jeff Nix Scholarship for a high school senior.

Camouflage Kids, in coordination with the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Division, is sponsoring the Jeff Nix Scholarship for a deserving high school senior who is a child of a U.S. Military service member in the Colorado Springs-Pikes Peak region.

There will be one (1) scholarship in the amount of $5,000 awarded. The scholarship will be awarded to a child who has been accepted to an accredited college or university seeking support for either a traditional degree-seeking bachelor’s program, or for vocational / career and technical education. Applicants must be committed to attend during the 2009–2010 academic year.

The Colorado Springs-Pikes Peak region was instrumental in the formation of Camouflage Kids as we started our program with Fort Carson and the Air Force Academy in 2005.

The scholarship is awarded based on character, leadership, potential for academic success, the importance of the scholarship to academic pursuits, and financial need. A Scholarship Selection Committee, comprised of members of the Military Affairs Committee of the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, will score all applications and select the scholarship recipient.

2009 Jeff Nix Scholarship Recipient – Ms. Jho’leen K. Visaya

Jho’leen & her father, SFC Joe Visaya
School: Fort Carson High School
Parent: SFC Jhomar Visaya, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd BCT, 4th ID – Fort Carson
Class Rank: 3 of 373
GPA: 4.67 (on a 4.0 scale)
Will attend: University of Colorado at Denver
Desired Degree: Pediatrician
Extracurricular: Key Club/NHS/LINK Program/Science Club
Sports: Varsity Tennis (4 yrs)/Freshman-JV Volleyball
Community: Elementary school “After School Program” / Memorial Hospital Learning LINK Program
Employment: 16 hrs per week at the Broadmoor Hotel
Information on how to apply for this scholarship can be found below by clicking on The Chamber logo:
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About Jeff Nix – President, Camouflage Kids, Inc.

A New York Knicks fixture for a decade-and-a-half as one of game’s most respected and thorough “inside men”, Nix finished his 15 year Knicks career in 2007. The last two years with the Knicks, Jeff served as the director of scouting. In that position, he managed the Knicks’ scouting staff, oversees club’s preparations for NBA Draft and scouts the college, pro and European scene.

Prior to new position, Nix served eight years as assistant coach (1992-93 through 1999-2000), and five years (2000-01 through 2004-05) as assistant general manager. He was a member of coaching staff for both Knicks Eastern Conference Championship teams of the 1990s, and for East squad at NBA All-Star 2000 in Oakland.

”Nix of the Knicks” joined team in 1992 following five years (1987-88 through 1991-92) as assistant coach at Notre Dame under head coaches Digger Phelps and former Knicks mentor John MacLeod. He also served as assistant coach at Canisius, his alma mater (1978-79 through 1980-81), St. Francis, PA (1981-82 through 1983-84), Loyola, MD (1984-85) and Xavier (1985-86 through 1986-87). During this time, he participated in five NCAA Tournament appearances.

Native of Portville, NY, the 50 year old Nix graduated in 1980 with a degree in business from Canisius College (two-year basketball letterman). He was inducted into the Portville Central School Hall of Fame in 2003 for his educational, professional and athletic accomplishments.

An aviation enthusiast, Nix is the holder of an airplane pilot’s license.

COACHING EXPERIENCE SUMMARY:

YEARS COACHING (21)

New York Knicks

8

(1992-2000)

University of Notre Dame

5

(1987-1992)

Xavier (OH) University

2

(1985-1987)

Loyola (MD) College

1

(1984-1985)

St. Francis (PA) University

3

(1981-1984)

Canisius College

2

(1979-1981)

COACHING HIGHLIGHTS:

NBA Finals

1994,1999

NCAA Tournaments

1986,1987, 1988, 1989, 1990

NIT Tournament

1992

NBA All-Star Game – Assistant Coach

2000

NBA FRONT OFFICE EXPERIENCE SUMMARY:

YEARS (7)

New York Knicks – Director of Scouting

2

(2005-2007)

New York Knicks – Assistant General Manager

5

(2000-2005)

NBA EMPLOYMENT NOTE:

Research indicates that Jeff Nix is the only person within the NBA coaching and management ranks to have had an employment relationship with four of the top six coaches (based on victories) in NBA history:

1. Don Nelson

1335 – 1063 .557

2. Lenny Wilkens

1332 – 1155 .536

3. Pat Riley

1210 – 694   .636

6. Larry Brown

1089 – 885 .552