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Questions surrounding possible city football program

Rochester, N.Y. -- Partnered with Super Bowl winner Roland Williams, the citys football program faces challengeshit with heavy criticism for its high cost and lack of competition. At about a quarter of a million dollars, the city is moving forward with the proposal, the only one it is considering.

It seemed like a huge amount and I thought to myself right off the bat, wow that would have been great to bid on that and I bet we could have done it for a lot less, said Chris Bianchi. President of Red Penguin Athletics, Bianchi said he was never given the opportunity to submit a bid because the city never announced plans for a program like this.

A locally based educational and athletic consulting company, Bianchi said he believes he could do a better job at a cheaper cost. Having a team of people here that know the landscape that know what works, I think people really need to sit down and look at how best you can serve the community with that money.

Mayor Lovely Warren said Williams did not need to submit a Request for Proposal or RFP. The fact that he won a Super Bowl, the fact that he is from Rochester, attended Rochester City Schools, understands life, is raising three sons, we thought that we may be something that they could resonate with and hopefully it is, Warren said.

The $250,000 will go to Williams foundationabout 30-percent, $76,000 will cover administrative fees.
Bianchi said, There's a lot of students that are looking for additional services and it needs to be done the right wayit can't just be someone showing up for a couple days and going back to the other coast and leaving it in the hand for 100 mentors.

With promises to raise graduation rates and improve the mental and physical health of young men in the city, Williams program includes a 10-day camp, a two-day competition and a year-long mentoring program. Williams, who currently lives in LA will travel to Rochester throughout the summer and is currently looking for 100 mentors.

Bianchi said, What are the background of the people mentoring them and what is the process for training them-what's the track record of this program?

A pilot program, there are no statistics or success rates that specifically back up Williams plan. The City Council will vote on the proposal next week.

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