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Dawgs for a Day!

The Champions Place residents-to-be were recently invited by Matthew Dooley, grandson of Vince Dooley, former head coach and Athletic Director at UGA, to the University to watch the Dawgs scrimmage in Sanford Stadium.  Matthew, who is also a  soon to be resident of Champions Place, was so excited to meet his soon-to-be roommates at the stadium that day, and he was joined by his parents, Suzanne & Daniel Dooley.  Our group of Titans were in for a real treat, as Matthew and his parents escorted everyone to the UGA Gameday locker room, where to the surprise of all of the Titans, there were two tables of "UGA swag."  The Kirby Smart Foundation, founded by head coach Kirby Smart and his wife Mary Beth, gave each Titan a personalized UGA football signed by Kirby Smart, a UGA Nike backpack, and UGA game schedule posters to hand in their rooms.

After the locker room tour, the Titans were escorted to the West Endzone Recruiting Plaza, where they would eat lunch and have the freedom to roll out to the West Endzone of the stadium to watch the scrimmage.  The Titans were thrilled to be the "special guests" of Matthew and his family, and the exciting afternoon concluded with the Titans having the opportunity the "greet and meet" the UGA players as they exited the field after the scrimmage.  It was so cool to see how gracious the UGA athletes were, as each of them offered "high fives" and pictures with the Titans.  Some of the Titans were even fortunate enough to get autographs from the players. 

Thanks to the warm hospitality of the Dooley family and the generous gifts from the Kirby Smart Foundation, these young adults will remember this hot Saturday afternoon in Athens for a long, long time.  


Illustrating the Possibilities of Abilities, an AJC story featuring Titan Kylie Moore

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Recently, Kylie Moore, coordinator at the Bobby Dodd Institute, had the opportunity to meet with assistants to Senators Johnny Isakson and David Purdue, and Representatives John Lewis and Lucy McBath to discuss the importance of public policy  in the employment of individuals with physical disabilities.  Kylie, who has been a member of the Titan Family for more than 10 years, leads self-advocacy training programs for individuals with physical disabilities.

Read more about her visit HERE.


Marietta Daily Journal Article Highlights Need for Champions Place

Titan Tim Beighley and his parents, Doug and Angie, are constant advocates for people with disabilities. In a recent article in the Marietta Daily Journal, Tim and his parents shared their concerns over where Tim will live if his parents aren't able to care for him.

Read the article HERE


Championing Independence — An Atlanta nonprofit led by Bucknellians will create a social hub and living space for physically disabled young adults

Sam Nana-Sinkam, Google Executive; Gary Sheinbaum, CEO of Tommy Hilfiger Americas; Rick Thompson, Executive Director of Champions Community Foundation; and Tom Hislop, Managing Director at EHS Partners and CCF Board Member

Sam Nana-Sinkam, Google Executive; Gary Sheinbaum, CEO of Tommy Hilfiger Americas; Rick Thompson, Executive Director of Champions Community Foundation; and Tom Hislop, Managing Director at EHS Partners and CCF Board Member

May 6, 2019 Rick Thompson, Executive Director of Champions Community Foundation, and CCF Board Member Tom Hislop had the opportunity recently to share the vision and mission of CCF with Bucknell University students and alumni, accompanied by fellow Bucknellians and executives from Google and Tommy Hilfiger. Rick’s relationship with Bucknell and his former schoolmates is providing great support, momentum, and collaboration — in the effort to bring about positive change, significant opportunities, and, ultimately, independence and self-sufficiency for young adults with physical disabilities

Read the Bucknell Magazine article HERE


Cancer patient defies odds from start to finish line

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March 25, 2019 Read about Natalie Shirley, cancer survivor, Titan, and most recently, one of the 15 residents selected to live at Champions Place.

To read the article, click HERE


Marietta resident to compete in half marathon, raise money for independent living home

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March 7, 2019 Read about Tim Beighley -- wheelchair athlete, active advocate for people with disabilities, and fellow Titan -- Tim has been featured in a Marietta Daily Journal article, highlighting Tim's desire to enjoy life and make a difference. It's a great article and underscores the need for Champions Place.

To read the article, click HERE


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Even rain didn't dampen the enthusiasm surrounding the groundbreaking ceremonies for Champions Place — almost 200 people showed up to celebrate this historic event.  


"What is the first think you'll do in your new body in heaven?"

Before a wheelchair sports scrimmage, 30 Titans and youth volunteers gather for a short devotion…sharing challenge, fears, hopes and dreams...led by 3 young men, Garrett with spina bifida and Derek and Josh, both who have cerebral palsy.

On a recent Saturday the first question asked by Derek was, “What is the first thing you are going to do in your new body in heaven?”.


Does a $250,000 matching gift from the Geier family inspire you?

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What a wonderful Christmas present!  The Geier family has pledged to match every dollar donated or pledged toward the building of Champions Place, up to $250.000!!! If we all help match, we will raise $500,000 for Champions Place!  We need your help now...


Meet Titan Alyson Carter!

Alyson Carter is an accomplished young adult who deals with the daily challenges of cerebral palsy. Alyson has a degree in Early Childhood Education from Reinhardt University and works at Next Steps Ministries in ...


Georgia tech has joined our team!

Champions Community Foundation is pleased to announce its design partnership with the Georgia Tech College of Design with the express goal of making Champions Place the absolute best-in-class independent living environment for young adults with physical challenges...