Champion Academy in Rochester given $1 million gift
Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) – The Champion Academy in Rochester began its fundraising campaign Tuesday.
The Champion Academy Extreme Mentoring & Empowerment Initiative (Champion Academy), run by NFL Super Bowl champion and Rochester native Roland Williams is looking to raise $5.2 million through its Champions for Change campaign.
A $1 million gift was announced Tuesday from the William & Mildred Levine Foundation. The gift will go toward underwriting student transportation, program technology, extra-curricular activities, student apparel, staff and food expenses.
“We are extremely grateful for the opportunity to continue our much-needed work with hundreds of teens in poverty," Roland Williams said.
"We want to work with The Champion Academy because there are so many parallels between the challenges these children are facing and what my grandfather experienced growing up on Joseph Avenue," said Todd Levine, President of the William & Mildred Levine Foundation. "Lack of opportunity and hardship could have kept my grandfather from achieving greatness, but he was fortunate to have role models that helped him realize his potential and find his path to success."
A scholarship was also set up through the William & Mildred Levine Foundation for a senior at the Academy who exemplified leadership, citizenship and outstanding academic achievement. Raven Jess, a senior at Integrated Arts and Technology High School, was this year's recipient and will receive a $1,000 scholarship toward college expenses.
Champion Academy helps more than 300 teens in poverty long-term. To make a donation to this campaign or to get involved as a volunteer, please call (585) 571.7057, send an email, or visit the website.