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The community has spoken


“The Champion Academy is the best thing that has ever happened to my daughter. She now has a 4.0+ GPA for the 3rd straight year, improved self-esteem and tools to overcome old problems.”
—Christy, Mother of two year Participant


“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, 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 across the nation.”
—Cindy Champlin, Educator of 26 Years

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

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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