Boys & Girls Clubs of Rochester Announces Plan to Take Over

Champion Academy Extreme Mentoring Program

Rochester, NY — February 14, 2024 – The Boys & Girls Clubs of Rochester (BGCR) is thrilled to announce its plan to take on the Champion Academy Extreme Mentoring Program as one of its own initiatives, a move that promises to magnify the Clubs’ impact on teens in the Rochester area while streamlining operational efficiencies for both organizations.

Founded by Super Bowl Champion Roland Williams, the Champion Academy has been a pivotal force in providing transformative mentoring services to Rochester’s youth for nine years, empowering them with the skills and confidence needed to overcome obstacles and succeed. This strategic move by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Rochester is poised to enhance the reach and effectiveness of these efforts, ensuring even more teens have access to high-quality mentoring and support.

Roland Williams expressed his enthusiasm for the plan, stating, “This will be a monumental step forward in our mission to empower Rochester’s youth long-term. By joining efforts with the Boys & Girls Clubs, we are not just combining resources; we are multiplying our impact. I am incredibly proud and excited to see the Champion Academy’s programs reach new heights under the BGCR umbrella.”

Dwayne Mahoney, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Rochester, echoed Williams’ sentiments, highlighting the operational and community benefits of the relationship. “The integration of the Champion Academy into our own robust programming will be tremendous for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Rochester and, of course, most importantly, for the teens we serve. The Boys and Girls Clubs are known as “The Positive Place For Kids”, and this will allow us to extend that positivity to a whole new group of teens.  This is a win-win for everyone involved, especially the young people whose lives we are dedicated to improving. Great futures start at the Boys and Girls Clubs, and we are committed to that promise. We have reached an agreement in principle with our good friend, Roland Williams, and I look forward to working out the details of the agreement over the next few weeks.”

The relationship is the result of months of planning and collaboration between the Champion Academy and the Boys & Girls Club of Rochester. Both organizations are committed to a smooth transition and the successful integration of programs, staff, and resources to ensure the continued success and expansion of their shared mission to support and empower Rochester’s youth.

As the Champion Academy Program becomes an integral part of the Boys & Girls Club of Rochester, both organizations look forward to this new chapter and the countless success stories it will enable for the teens they serve.

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