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The Champions of Valor Program employs evidence-based theories that have been successfully used in Character Education, as reported by the U.S. Department of Education’s What Works Clearinghouse. These theories focus on youth character development and utilize effective methods such as role models, interactive activities, and historical biographies to instill character traits. Using four sessions to highlight the 4 Educational Pillars detailed in this guide, preteens, and teens will understand service, sacrifice, citizenship, and legacy and be encouraged to reflect these attributes in their daily lives.

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Details about the program

The Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Foundation created the Champions of Valor Leadership Program to address a crucial need: instilling the values of service, sacrifice, leadership, and legacy in today’s youth. Our program is a response to the growing concern that these pillars are not being adequately taught or emphasized in younger generations. Partnering with the Boys and Girls Club in Cleveland, we aim to inspire and empower young individuals through engaging and educational activities. Cleveland holds a special place in our hearts, as it was where Bob Feller, who pitched for the Cleveland Indians (now Guardians) for nineteen remarkable seasons, demonstrated his commitment to these values. In 1941, at the height of his career, a 23-year-old Feller decided to step away from the game to defend his country in World War II, becoming the first American professional athlete to volunteer for the war. Through our program, we honor his legacy by fostering a new generation of leaders who embody the principles that defined his life and career.

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