Dr. Alec Kessler Memorial Fund

The Andrews Institute has established a scholarship and mentorship program in Dr. Alec Kessler’s name to help Escambia and Santa Rosa County high school athletes overcome social and personal challenges and achieve academic success.

Support of the scholarship and mentorship program will ensure that deserving young people will have the opportunity to follow in Dr. Kessler’s footsteps. The goal is to obtain the funding necessary to positively influence a minimum of 100 student athletes annually, and also to extend our mentoring program to include young women as well.

About Dr. Alec Kessler

Dr. Kessler was a highly compassionate and dedicated physician who encouraged others to realize their dream and always strive for the best. His own hard work and dedication began at an early age and continued throughout his basketball and medical career. Dr. Kessler struggled early in his high school basketball career but with an exceptional work ethic, he succeeded in securing a basketball scholarship to the University of Georgia. However, he did not lose sight of his career goal to become a doctor.

Graduating magna cum laude in microbiology, Dr. Kessler also became an All-American basketball player. His hard work and dedication was recognized both on and off the court. In 1990, he was named the All-American of the Year For All Sports Writers Association Scholar-Athlete of the Year, NCAA Academic, the USA Basketball and the All-American basketball player at the University of Georgia, graduated Magna Cum Laude, and was selected as the NCAA All-Sports Student Athlete of the year in 1990.

After college, Kessler was drafted into the NBA by the Miami Heat, and after playing professionally for four years he pursued his life goal of becoming a physician. Upon graduating with honors from Emory University Medical School and completing a residency in orthopedic surgery, Kessler moved to Gulf Breeze/Pensacola, Florida area to practice medicine with Baptist Health Care and the Andrews Institute, founded by renowned orthopaedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews.


For more information, contact: Baptist Health Care Foundation | 850.469.7906