About your Founders

NADIA HILTON-ADAMS

CO-FOUNDER & DIRECTOR

DAWN HILTON-WILLIAMS

CO-FOUNDER & PROGRAMS SUPPORT

CURRENTLY

A former NCAA division 1 student tennis athlete for the women's tennis team at North Carolina A&T State University (Greensboro, NC). Nadia attained a Bachelors of Science (BS) in Psychology, is currently pursing a her Masters Degree and acts as Summer Programs Director.

BACKGROUND

Born, November 4, 1995 in Charlotte, NC, Nadia Hilton-Adams was raised the only child for 14 years with single mom, Dawn.  By age 11, Nadia had already experienced a very active volunteer & service life, as her mom's helper. From canvassing and phone banking with political campaigns, to sweeping floors, prepping food and feeding those experiencing homelessness at various churches and shelters in Charlotte, Nadia was a great help to her mother and those causes, which she enjoyed.

From ages 6-10 Nadia was practicing year-round with private coach, Kofi Mawogbe-Start Right Tennis in Charlotte, NC. However, due to a temporary financial setback, which was followed shortly thereafter by Mr. Mawogbe's untimely and unexpected cancer-related death, Nadia put her racquet down just shy of 11 years old.

By 14, Dawn married & moved to Greenville, SC w/Nadia. With no friends and a foreign landscape, Nadia decided that it was time to focus more on volunteerism & outside interests in areas more meaningful to her, which is when Power is Giving was born as well as playing tennis again.  

Nadia worked on school, tennis lessons, practice, tournaments, fitness and program ideas, while Dawn & Nadia worked together on non-profit creation and the development of partnerships that aligned with Nadia's vision.

Nadia works tirelessly on and off the court through our summer programs as well as with Nike Tennis Camps as an Progams Director as well as an Instructor.  

PERSONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Provided free tennis lessons and camps for over 400 youth and counting!

  • Donated over $5,000 to the HBCU Annual Athletics Collegiate Program Selectee, NC A&T State University 

  • Raised $12,000 for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Maria Sharapova Foundation

  • Donated $1,000 to UNICEF for Ebola campaign

  • Played tennis year-round through USTA, playing over 125 sanctioned tournaments; 4 year #1 singles player for her high school, 4 years MVP 

  • Impacted the lives of over 500 youth throughout Greenville's 4 inner city community centers (Get Fit & VisionQuest) as well as in NC & GA. 

  • Conducted over 20 free tennis clinics for youth and adults. 

  • Partnered with City of Greenville, City of Charlotte, Nickelodeon, Summit Media Corp., Build-Africa, United Nations, HEAD racquet sports and Maria Sharapova Foundation to empower communities. 

  • Full Athletic scholarship @ NC A&T  State University

 

BACKGROUND

Dawn serves the organization in the capacity of Program & Projects Support.  

 

With a background in business planning & project management, Dawn utilizes those skills to ensure that checks and balances and a firm foundational organizational structure is in place to aid in forwarding the vision and mission of Power is Giving.   

 

Dawn hails from Yonkers, NY was raised in Charlotte, NC and now lives in Greenville, SC with her husband, Anthony Williams and is Nadia's mom.  

 

Dawn has a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Virginia State University and holds various professional leadership, grant writing and facilitation certifications. Dawn's most recent certificaiton is from E-Cornell in Whole-Food Plant-Based Nutrition, which she uses to aid numerous Power is Giving programs as well as her company, Herban-Eats, LLC. 

 

Dawn is a Playwright/Producer, with an affinity for both the performing and culinary arts (Owner of Herban-Eats, LLC).

 

 

 

 

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

JOSEPH UMOH

Originally from Nigeria, Joseph is a technology professional, an avid tennis player and youth advocate. Joseph resides in Charlotte, NC. 

  

PERI JOHNSON

Peri is a US Marine Corps veteran of Dessert Storm/Dessert Sheild. With a strong background and passion for helping veterans and those in need of mental health support. Peri resides in Anderson, SC.

SANDRA McMULLEN

With an extensive background in non-profit management, funds development and the arts, Sandra McMullen is a valued member of our board team and brings a wealth of experience.  A native New Yorker, Sandra resides in Charlotte, NC. 

PATRICE JOHNS

With extensive background in organizational management, workforce and larbor law practices, Patrice is an advocate supporter of missions work and youth.  Patrice has a Masters Degree and resides in NYC.

 

Improve and enrich the lives of others through the inherent power of giving.