Classroom Champions Program

The flagship Classroom Champions program, utilizing national team level athletes as mentors makes a meaningful, measurable and lasting impact on students’ lives by encouraging them to believe in themselves and teaches them the skills that will help them achieve the big dreams they all have.

All of our structured, holistic scaled mentorship programs integrate lessons like goal setting, leadership, and community involvement into local curriculum; train and provide around the clock support to teachers; development athletes as mentors; and engage families to be a part of the conversation.

We have partnered with more than 500 teachers and 125 Olympians™, Paralympians™, Hopefuls, College Student-Athletes and Pro Football Players to mentor more than 25,000 students in 1,000 classrooms across 32 U.S. states, 8 Canadian provinces, St. Lucia, Grenada, Dominica, Costa Rica, and American military installations in Germany.

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This unique mentorship program pairs K-8 classes with a professional sports team in their city. Each athlete is trained to help mentor students and inspire them to develop skills like goal setting, perseverance, teamwork, and giving back to the community. There is also an annual “Achievement Celebration” where students get to meet their mentors in person.

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Classroom Champions has partnered with Penn Athletics at the University of Pennsylvania since 2016 and in 2018 started a partnership with the College of William & Mary. This program invites student-athletes to become mentors in the Classroom Champions   program. In 2016, six student-athlete mentors partnered with 12 teaching teams to mentor 520 students. In 2018 participation in the program continues to grow working with 28 student-athlete mentors, more than 50 classrooms reaching 1,500 students. 

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The Classroom Champions Circle connects Indigenous kids with mentors who share an Indigenous heritage. This program uses the same core program and adapts them by connecting each regular subject to one of the Seven Sacred Teachings. Mentors are also encouraged to use storytelling and other Indigenous Ways of Knowing in their lessons.

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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.


Scaled Mentorship

Through asynchronous video communication, live video chat interactions, and social media sharing, our one-to-many approach to mentoring greatly expands the reach of a single mentor by greater than 300:1 to ensure more students have more positive adults in their lives.

Classroom Champions currently partners our world-class athlete mentors with up to twelve classrooms a year. As our model of Scaled Mentorship is expanded, we believe that ratio will grow exponentially with continued strong impact.

Inputs & Outcomes

Through our holistic scaled mentorship programs, we measure for improvements in key areas for students’ future success including hope and goals for the future, engagement, healthy behaviors, growth mindset, grit and perseverance, digital skills, and academic outcomes.

In teachers, we measure classroom practices and outcomes, job performance and engagement, growth mindset, and healthy behaviors.

In mentors we measure communication, leadership, and career skills.


Impact Report


Evidence-Based Results

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.


Local Education Agency Partnerships

Given the importance of system-wide leadership, in 2017 Classroom Champions launched an initiative to partner with Local Education Agencies (LEA) to enhance their capacities to promote SEL for all students. This effort recognizes that positive student outcomes depend on improving classrooms and schools, and on engaging families. Classroom Champions works with entire classes, provides teacher professional development, and strengthens school, home, and community connections. Mentoring from the world’s best athletes can help our students get better and better at the skills they need to be their best selves.


Partnership with and Ask, Listen, Learn

The generous support of, including their evidence-based, Ask, Listen, Learn: Kids and Alcohol Don’t Mix program, has been helping students and teachers get the most out of ClassroomChampions. They have provided national grants to bring Classroom Champions mentors to more schools and to help students understand the effects of alcohol on the developing brain, how to make healthy choices, and how to handle peer pressure. They have also provided local grants, namely in Los Angeles, to support broad-based mentoring for thousands of students and provide evidence-based underage drinking education. and Ask, Listen, Learn have also been working with Classroom Champions to develop a powerful teacher and mentor blog series that focuses on helping students feel empowered to say “YES” to a healthy lifestyle. Visit the Ask, Listen, Learn website for tools and tips here!