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Campus hosts Roland Williams camp

Sports Camp
The Youth Lifeline Foundation, founded by NFL star and Rochester native Roland Williams, uses athletics as a way to teach teens life skills.

For the first year, the River Campus will host the annual Free Football and Life Skills Camp, a program organized by the Youth Lifeline Foundation, a national nonprofit organization founded by Rochester native and former Super Bowl champion Roland Williams. The event takes place June 24 to 26 and includes a football camp, along with a cheerleading program and health and life skills festival.

"The University of Rochester campus will provide our Free Football and Life Skills Camp and Free Cheerleading and Life Skills Camp participants the opportunity to be in a college environment while they learn valuable life skills," says Williams, who currently plays for the St. Louis Rams.

The football portion of the camp, which in past years has been held at Williams's alma mater, East High School, is open to students entering grades 9 to 12 and the cheerleading camp is open to students entering grades 8 to 9. Applications are available at local Tops Markets locations, Rochester-area high schools, or on the Web at

Active and retired NFL players and coaches as well as local business professionals work with students as part of the camp. Previous participants include NFL Pro Bowlers Kevin Carter, Kurt Warner, and Charles Woodson, among others.

The health and life skills festival on Saturday, June 25, from noon to 5 p.m. is free and open to the public. For more information, call 225-2286 or visit

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