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Roland Williams' academy plans go forward

Rochester, N.Y. - Three days after announcing his plans to help blunt delinquency and less-than-stellar graduation rates among boys and girls in Rochester, former NFL player and Rochester native Roland Williams said his Champion Academy is on track, both in terms of participants signed-up and money raised.

"Monday we're moving forward," said Williams, referring to a series of meetings he has with the Rochester City School District. "We're making it happen, going to the venues and all the things that make the program happen."

On Tuesday, Williams announced the RCSD would be donating $34,000 to be a partner with the Summer Champion Academy. In exchange the school would be providing some facilities and some busing.

Williams says 250 boys and girls have signed up for the Champion Academy, almost half of the 500 slots available for the August academy.

More than $10,000 dollars have been raised, although Williams is hoping to raise $190,000 by August.

The program is free to boys and girls between the ages of 13-18.

Williams had hoped the City of Rochester would assist with the academy, but the Rochester City Council has yet to vote on a measure which would provide $200,000 for the program. Not everybody was on-board with the price tag, or the initial proposal, which only offered programs to young men.

The summer Champion Academy is now open to boys and girls.

The Champion Academy is slated to go from August 4th to August 15th, although Williams is planning to set it up so it can eventually operate throughout the entire year.

More information on the Champion Academy can be found here:

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Washington Times