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“The Champion Academy pushed me to get a 4.0 Grade Point Average for the first time. They help me control my emotions and to keep working to be a better leader at school, at home and in the community.”
—Antwan, Multi-year participant in Champion Academy


“The Champion Academy taught me to turn all negatives into fuel to succeed. Besides my family, the Champion Academy is my only motivation. I really thought I was not smart enough for some things, but the Champion Academy really inspires me to not be shy and to stand out. I appreciate everything you do for me.”
—Amarie, Multi-year participant in Champion Academy


“What the Champion Academy did for me that no other program did was to provide me with those real techniques on how I can fight for my future and avoid the poverty-based mentality. The Champion Academy is an extended family that’s helpful and there for me no matter what.”
—Clifford, Multi-year participant & Graduate


“My daughter started out with very low grades, low self-esteem and many behavioral problems. She got into the Champion Academy and things changed. She got straight As and grew with the many role models that supported her. She has now graduated from high school, is enrolled in college and working a job. I can’t imagine what our lives would have been like without the Champion Academy.”  
—Christy, Mother of Raven, Champion Academy graduate


“I have seen some of my most challenging students make complete turnarounds after the Champion Academy came into my school. Students are showing me their report cards, sharing how they’ve done and bringing their suspensions to zero.“
—Susan Ladd, Principal, Henry Hudson School #28

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“As an educator of 26 years, I am deeply impressed with the social, emotional and academic transformation I’ve seen by students within the Champion Academy. This program is an intelligent and impactful solution that should be expanded.”  
—Cindy Champlin, Educator of 26 Years


“I started volunteering for the Champion Academy and was moved beyond words by the work they are doing. They engage students in a real way and have the courage to provide them with the love, honesty and discipline they really need to succeed.”
—Antony Owens, Member Accountability Coach, Champion Academy

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“I’ve spent time with Roland Williams and students of the Champion Academy and continue to witness first-hand the promise of its extreme mentoring methodology for youth suffering under the yoke of poverty and violence. This is a transformative program we all need to support.”
—Pat Burke, Managing Principal, Burke Group

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“Participating in the Champion Academy has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. This program is the necessary bridge our community desperately needs to connect students with tremendous need with people of means willing to help get them out of emotional and physical poverty.”
—Dr. Edward Schwarz, Director, Center for Musculoskeletal Research, Burton Professor of Orthopedics

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“The Champion Academy is Rochester’s best counterpunch to the lure of gang, drug and poverty culture destroying our future workforce. This program keeps kids in school, focused and on the way toward respectable citizenship. The numbers speak for themselves. This program is a winner.”
—Dan Lang, SVP Customer Relations, Sutherland Global

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“Five Star Bank is pleased to join the long list of companies and individuals who provide financial support to the Champion Academy. I challenge every remaining company in Rochester to step up and support this worthwhile cause.”
—Martin Birmingham, CEO & President, Five Star Bank

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“The ESL Charitable Foundation is proud to support the Champion Academy Extreme Mentoring & Empowerment Initiative. This program’s passionate commitment to education and self-empowerment aligns perfectly with our funding goals.”
—Ajamu Kitwana, Executive Director, ESL Charitable Foundation