$1M donation kicks off campaign to help teens in poverty

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - The Champion Academy Extreme Mentoring & Empowerment Initiative was gifted a $1 million check from the William & Mildred Levine Foundation. 

The Academy's first-ever 'Champions for Change' fundraising campaign seeks to raise $5.2 million to ensure the program’s groundbreaking success continues to help teens in poverty long-term.

Roland Williams, NFL Super Bowl Champion, Rochester native, and the Academy's president and CEO, said the donation is critical to the program's success.

"Extreme Mentoring I think is the future of trying to engage students who are faced with a lot challenges and help get them toward the path of success," said Williams. "This gift provides the fuel to have stability and the foundation to build upon to make a difference in the community for a long time."

The donation will help fund program elements like student transportation, program technology, extra-curricular activities, student apparel, staff, and food expenses.

Champion Academy hopes to help more than 300 impoverished teens in the community.

To make a donation or to get involved as a volunteer, please call 585-571-7057, email Donate@ChampionAcademyRoc.org, or visit www.championacademyroc.org.


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