Rochester, New York -
There's no doubt there are serious challenges for some kids in the Rochester area. Roland Williams and everyone working at the Champion Academy are trying to get kids past the negatives in their neighborhoods. One of the ways is making sure the students at his academy pay attention.
"Get their focus up to and beyond an average school period. That's the point to get them past that 42 minute threshold that they have every day in school," explained Roland Williams, a former NFL player and Champion Academy organizer.
Friday, 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.
"We need to recognize their concerns and what they face everyday and try to remove those barriers and also try to let them know they don't have to be a victim of their circumstance just because they live in this environment," said Mayor Lovely Warren.
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