FEB 1ST UPDATE :WE HAVE RAISED $195,000 AGAINST THE $250,000 MATCHING CHALLENGE, AND THE GEIER FAMILY HAS EXTENDED THE CHALLENGE TO MARCH 31ST!

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

What a wonderful gift!  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! - we don’t want one dollar of this gift to go unmatched by March 31, 2017.  Please participate – every donation or pledge will count towards the Geier family’s matching challenge!

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With so many milestones behind us, Champions Place is no longer a vision…it is a reality.  It will be the 1st community of its kind - a shared living community that will enable young adults with physical disabilities to live independent and productive lives in their local community.  Estimations indicate over 630,000 young adults, 18 to 35 years old, are inflicted with spina bifida, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy or physical injury in the US today, including over 11,000 in the Atlanta area alone.  Our vision is to perfect this first community and then expand to other communities starting in the Atlanta area and beyond.

Allow me to introduce you to 4 of many very special individuals who are candidates to live at Champions Place (see a short bio of each at end of page):

 Jon Crais

Jon Crais

 Kylie Moore

Kylie Moore

 Derek Null

Derek Null

 Natalie Shirley

Natalie Shirley

What is consistent in their stories?  These young adults are living longer…knowing there are limits to how long their aging parents can care for them.  And while their parents do their best, these young adults spend many hours every day isolated at home.  

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Please help us multiply this special gift from the Geier family!   All funds pledged or donated towards their matching challenge will go directly towards the building of Champions Place.

Effective January 1, 2017, and after 38 years in the corporate world, I am blessed to now serve this special community full time as Executive Director for Champions Community Foundation.

Thank you and Merry Christmas!

Rick Thompson
Executive Director
Champions Community Foundation


Jon Crais:

Jon is 29 years old and lives in Dahlonega, GA with his parents.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Johnson & Wales, the #1 culinary school in the country.  He is an accomplished athlete - a baseball pitcher, wrestler, certified scuba diver, hunter, fisherman, and he still holds a track record at Perimeter School.  He has had to leverage these experiences and strengths ever since a serious car accident in December 2013 that resulted in a brain injury and physical challenges he is still learning to overcome.

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Kylie Moore:

Kylie is 28 years old and lives with her parents in Roswell, GA.  Kylie has a psychology degree from Reinhardt University.  Kylie currently works at All About Developmental Disabilities where she helps create activity groups for young adults with developmental disabilities in the suburbs of metro Atlanta, and oversees a leadership program helping her peers become advocates for those with disabilities.

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Derek Null:

Derek is 32 years old and lives with his mother in Alpharetta, GA. He is a graduate of the University of West Georgia and teaches English to special needs students and considers it a labor of love. He has Cerebral Palsy, which simply means that he walks with a crutch. He doesn’t allow his “disability” to define him; he considers it part of his testimony. His disability’s inherent challenges have helped Derek develop faith, perseverance and character. 

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Natalie shirley:

Natalie is 29 years old and lives with her parents in Roswell, Georgia. Since beating cancer and too many surgeries to count, Natalie has no use of her right side. It’s amazing to watch how she can dribble, throw and catch with only 1 hand, all while working the wheelchair. Natalie spends her time working at Trader Joe's, watching sports on TV and hanging with her friends at Titan athletic and social events. 

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