Classroom Champions: Pro Athletes

Classroom Champions Pro Athletes

program pairs K-8 classes with

professional athlete mentors.

What We Do

Classroom Champions’ Pro Athlete mentorship program partners grades K-8 classrooms with a professional sports team player or players.

Each player is trained to help mentor students and inspire them to develop skills like goal setting, perseverance, teamwork, and giving back to the community.

Classroom Champions featuring The Buffalo Bills


Launched in 2017, Classroom Champions featuring the Buffalo Bills is the first mentorship program of its kind.


The initiative has proven a tremendous success, and we are now looking to expand the program to other interested professional teams, athletes, and communities.

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Scaled mentorship

Through asynchronous video communication, live video chat interactions, and social media sharing, our one-to-many mentoring approach greatly expands the reach of a single mentor by greater than 300:1.


Full-time remote teacher support

Through webinars, online resources, digital lessons, a vibrant online community, and dedicated Education Coordinators, Classroom Champions teachers are fully supported to implement the program in their classrooms.


relationship through technology

Classroom Champions equips classrooms with the technology needed to facilitate regular video lessons, live interactive video chats, and teacher moderated social media exchanges that encourage digital literacy.


Four Stakeholder Measurement

Our extensive pre, post, and comparison program evaluation measures, assesses, and reports on student impact and achievement through student, teacher, and family feedback, and improving athletes as mentors.

Evidence-Based Results

Classroom Champions’ Pro Athlete mentorship program partners grades K-8 classrooms with a professional sports team player or players. Research shows that social-emotional skills are foundational for success in school and in life.

Establishing these skills through the proven Social Emotional Learning (SEL) process at a young age is recognized to be one of the best ways to set kids up for future personal, academic, and professional success – which is why we thoroughly measure program success through student, teacher, parent, and mentor results.

Every $1 invested in a child’s social and emotional learning and development has been shown to save society $11 in costs associated with the justice system, health care, mental health services, and tax revenue lost through incomplete education and under-employment.


Why Athlete Mentors?

Elite athletes practice hard work, dedication and perseverance on a daily basis. They understand how important these traits are, and also what it’s like to face adversity and to struggle.

By sharing their experiences, they lead by example, and help students understand and develop the skills necessary to thrive and succeed.

Through the principles of sport, students can see effort, fair play, and teamwork in a visual way that helps them connect these ideals to their own lives.


Our Impact


78% Classroom Champions teachers said the program was something they looked forward to at work.

13% of Classroom Champions students reported being bullied, compared to the national average of 35%

100% of teachers said Classroom Champions improved student attendance

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