House of Champions



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New Board Members

Posted by on February 5, 2017 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (2)

We welcomed new board members in January.  We are gearing up for a capital campaign to raise the funds for a new additional house.  Our goal is to welcome 16 new students within the next few years.

The new members are:

Jennifer Conkey-Transplant Administrator at the Cleveland Clinic

Kevin French-VP at Streamlink Software

Bill Head-Business Owner

Andrea Hogan, CPA-Audit Manager

Janece Schaffer-Burbank-Genomic Medicine Institute at the Cleveland Clinic

Richard Welsh-Health and Safety Specialist

New Members 2016-2017

Posted by on December 2, 2016 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)


We welcomed our new champions on Monday, Oct. 3. They are Hector, Natalie, and Kevin from Metro Catholic, David H. and David G. from St. Rocco, and Rihanna, Joshua, and Ariana from Urban Community School. They are in grades 2 through 4.  These students are so excited to be selected!  We are working on becoming a cohesive unit.



We Miss Vince

Posted by on October 14, 2016 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

     We were saddened to hear about the passing of one of our board members, Vincent Conkey. He was our construction guru, taking on the planning of our new construction and meeting with council members and other city officials to bring our dream to fruition. He always made our board meetings eventful with his quick wit and honest opinions. He will be greatly missed.

December Events

Posted by on April 21, 2016 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Thank you so much to all of the following organizations:

In December, we received many items for the children.

St. Helen's in Newbury named our children and their families on their Giving Tree.

St. Stephen's Parish gave boots, hats, and gloves to our champions.

St. Albert the Great Girl Scout Troop made cookies for the holidays.

St. Christopher Parish had items for the HOC from paper goods to cleaning supplies as part of their Giving Tree Project.

Metro Catholic teachers organized a Christmas party for the children, bringing gifts and they made a special dinner.

Volunteers from Akron University and Cathedral Latin Notre Dame High School assist with homework and activities with the children.

We have a donor who gave us the funds to buy Dairy Queen cakes served after dinner for each child's birthday.

St. Angela Merici Parish, on their Service Day, sent a couple and their children to bring dinner and assist with homework.


St. Angela Merici confirmandi are fulfilling their service hours.

Solar Panels

Posted by on July 13, 2015 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Eleanor Reagan, science teacher from Urban Community School, explained how the House of Champions received the solar panels.

"When we received an award from the CVEEC (Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center) and the Cavs for our conservation efforts I wanted to use the money for something visible and related to saving energy. Through contacting a series of people I met Myles Murray of AAT Solar. He had this great idea of teaching the kids about solar energy while a real installation was taking place. The partnership was born. Myles and his colleagues discussed the idea for Urban and discovered that while installing solar on the school would be too expensive at this time, installing panels on the House of Champions was doable and easier for students to see. Myles and his crew came to the middle schoolers and presented a few lessons on solar and electricity in general. Students went over to see the installation and interact with Myles and to ask questions. They also had a lot of questions about the H of C.

So there is an educational dimension to this project and it gives us a start on going solar."


Thank you

Posted by on February 25, 2015 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Thank you to everyone who attended and/or contributed to our benefit once again.  We were able to raise funds for operating expenses and so much more.  We will be having our benefit this August 6, 2016, so save the date.  If you have any items for gift baskets you would like to donate, let us know. Our chairperson is Jennifer Conkey .  You can email her directly.

Activities Director Hired

Posted by on February 24, 2014 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Amanda Bracher was hired as the Activityies Director at The House of Champions!  She is in her 4th year of teaching second grade at Metro Catholic School. She is originally from Cincinnati and graduated from the University of Dayton in 2010 with her bachelors degree and 2012 with her masters degree. She had been volunteering at the HOC every Monday, then started as the Activities Director In January. She is there four days a week for an hour each day. She plans different activities including: crafts, baking projects, games and sports. Some of the recent projects have been decorating Valentine's Day cookies, playing bingo, making paper airplanes and building a snowman. She is looking forward to the rest of the school year getting to know the children while learning from them!

Open House

Posted by on December 30, 2013 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Save the Date!  April 12th at 2:00 P.M., we will be having an open house for all of our friends.  Please mark your calendars.

Blue House

Posted by on December 30, 2013 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

For those of you who have seen the property, you might remember a blue house right behind the House of Champions.  The house was very run down, and it was abandoned.  Now it has been removed, which gives the students more room to play.


Posted by on November 24, 2013 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Thank you to everyone who attended our fundraiser, last August.  Because of your faith and contributions, we are underway in our first year.  The students have already shown social skill improvements as noted by their teachers.  Look for more information about our fundraiser coming August 2, 2014.