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Program Spotlight:
Summer Orientation

This intense two-week educational program provides hundreds of students with a structured and safe environment to introduce program principles, increase tolerance, and connect students with community resources.

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Champion Academy teaches life, not football

Through his Champion Academy, Roland Williams is hoping to provide the support, guidance and accountability for Rochester teens in poverty to overcome barriers and achieve their full potential.

Champion Academy Teaches Life, Not Football

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Champion Academy deserves support

Roland Williams knows how hard it is to grow up poor in Rochester and find success. The former National Football League tight end and East High School graduate no longer lives in Rochester, but he still makes it a priority to give back to the Rochester community by working to help teens in poverty achieve success.

Champion Academy deserves support

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Champion Academy extends program into 4th year

“We are so grateful for the continued success of the Champion Academy and the outpouring of support from educators and philanthropists interested in innovative, scalable and impactful solutions,”

Champion Academy extends program into 4th year

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THE GIVE BACK: ROLAND WILLIAMS

While growing up in the 19th ward, he experienced first-hand the negative residuals of poverty, single-parent homes, trauma and incarceration and saw how these factors destroyed the lives of too many people. As a proud Rochestarian, Roland wanted to make an impact.

THE GIVE BACK: ROLAND WILLIAMS

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Roland Williams Champion Academy expands its pilot program

"We're turning students from 1.0 to 4.0 (GPA); students who were getting suspended multiple times a year to zero. These are the kinds of things that people like to see. I'm pushing and challenging us, because I think we can do even better."

Roland Williams Champion Academy expands its pilot program

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Champion Academy begins summer orientation

Students met their mentors and got a sneak peek at what they will be doing this summer. "People around school told me I should join," explains Isaiah Robinson, participant. "It sounds like a good program whether I need help at school, or I want to get into college."

Champion Academy begins summer orientation

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Champion Academy gets grant from Polessini Foundation

The program's pilot phase was originally supposed to last three years, but thanks to high success rates and a $400,000 grant from the Polessini Foundation, it'll be extended into a fourth year.

Champion Academy gets grant from Polessini Foundation

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Champion Academy in Rochester given $1 million gift

The Champion Academy run by NFL Super Bowl champion and Rochester native Roland Williams is looking to raise $5.2 million through its Champions for Change campaign.

Champion Academy in Rochester given $1 million gift

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Champion Academy receives a $1 million dollar gift

President of the Foundation, Todd Levine says the gift will help transform the Champion Academy, which has launched its first-ever fundraising campaign, the $5.2 million dollar "Champions for Change."

Champion Academy receives a $1 million dollar gift

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Musculoskeletal Researchers Engage Champion Academy Students with Science

Since January of 2017, a group of students and faculty in the Center for Musculoskeletal Research at the University of Rochester Medical Center have been mentoring under-represented or economically disadvantaged teens in Rochester.

Musculoskeletal Researchers Engage Champion Academy Students with Science

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Champion Academy helps strengthen police relationships

At a time when police and community relations are strained in many communities, a Super Bowl champion is trying to strengthen those relations in Rochester...

Champion Academy helps strengthen police relationships

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Champion Academy Students See Grammy-Winning Opera Star Perform

She’s the winner of two Grammy awards and has been called one of the world’s greatest singers.

But opera star Joyce DiDonato performed for a new audience Monday night: youngsters from Roland Williams’ Champion Academy...

Champion Academy Students See Grammy-Winning Opera Star Perform

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Champion Academy student help clean up MLK Jr. Park

You may have seen some 300 kids in blue shirts out cleaning up our streets on Wednesday. The group was all Champion Academy students, kicking off their community service initiative.

Champion Academy student help clean up MLK Jr. Park

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Champion Academy students visit University of Rochester

Hundreds of Champion Academy “blue shirts” descended upon the University of Rochester campus on Friday...

Champion Academy students visit University of Rochester

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Adam Interviews Roland Williams

“I got tired of talking about it, reading about it in the paper, online, having discussions, it's time for the individuals who care about Rochester in real way, time for someone to do something is here,” Williams said.

Adam Interviews Roland Williams

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ESL VolunCare Crew Visits Champion Academy Mentoring Program

Picture this – you’re on your way to summer camp, and as you get off the bus (or get out of the car), and instead of making your way into the building unseen, you’re greeted by a herd of supporters. That’s what each day is like for students arriving at the Champion Academy during the two-week summer orientation session.

ESL VolunCare Crew Visits Champion Academy Mentoring Program

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City Wise Interview with Roland Williams & a Champion Academy Member

Roland talks about the Champion Academy's principles, while Serenity talks about how being in the Champion Academy has changed and motivated her.

City Wise Interview with Roland Williams & a Champion Academy Member

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Champion Academy and Roland Williams take bike ride

Students in the Rochester City School District went on a short bike ride in the city with former pro football player Roland Williams on Tuesday as part of their activities in the Champion Academy...

Champion Academy and Roland Williams take bike ride

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Champion Academy hosts Mayor Warren

The mayor visited and told her story, how she grew up in the city and knows there are serious obstacles for these kids to overcome.

Champion Academy hosts Mayor Warren

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Champion Academy Students Ride Bikes for a Healthy Community

They’re riding toward better health and a better community.

Young students in Roland Williams’ Champion Academy teamed up with Conkey Cruisers Tuesday. Organizers say it was largest group of 12-to-18 year olds on bicycles Rochester has ever seen...

Champion Academy Students Ride Bikes for a Healthy Community

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Champion Academy kicks off second season

It's the largest mentoring program in the history of the Rochester: the Champion Academy. The program is celebrating the completion of an amazing first year. Roland Williams says, "We about to put the smack down on year two!"

Champion Academy kicks off second season

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NYS Exposed Special: Roland Williams: Unbreakable Belief

Unbreakable belief: That's what NFL great and Super Bowl Champion Roland Williams says helped him persevere while growing up on some rough streets in Rochester.

NYS Exposed Special: Roland Williams: Unbreakable Belief

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Champion Academy offers solution based on love

On Wednesday, I spent the afternoon at day eight of the two-week orientation for the Champion Academy, Extreme Mentoring & Empowerment program. Nearly 350 at-risk, primarily urban youths are participating in the 12-month initiative...

Champion Academy offers solution based on love

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Champion Academy Founder Works To Build Teamwork Between Kids and Police Officers

Welcomed by cheers, clapping, and a handshake from former NFL football player and Super Bowl champion Roland Williams, more than 100 kids from the Rochester area exited buses Friday afternoon at Northwest College Preparatory School, ready for a day of meeting police officers during Williams’ Champion Academy’s “Stop the Violence Day.”...

Champion Academy Founder Works To Build Teamwork Between Kids and Police Officers