The mission of the Coaching Health and Mentoring Positive Students (CHAMPS) is to offer a program addressing behaviors that contribute to obesity in children in Alamance County by building self-confidence in young boys through instruction in sport skills, education on healthy eating habits, and promoting positive behaviors and attitudes through mentoring relationships with male students at Elon University.

Program Information:

The brainchild of a former Elon University varsity basketball player, TJ Douglas, CHAMPS has been offered in the spring semester on Elon University’s campus since 2010, with more than 100 young boys and an equal number of Elon male students having participated. In the CHAMPS program male student volunteers from Elon University are matched one on one with boys in fourth and fifth grade from Alamance County schools for mentorship, sports skills training, health education and fun. Program sessions include sports skills training in football, lacrosse, baseball, basketball, soccer, rugby and ultimate Frisbee, and topics like the benefits of physical activity, fueling the body, dealing with peer pressure and bullying and goal setting are covered in the health education piece. Guest coaches(athletes from varsity and club sports teams) work with the mentors each week to offer the sports skills training. The four-week program is free with sessions offered twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Student coordinators work with the participants and mentors, and all sessions are supervised by an experienced faculty member.

“I learned that I can have a huge impact on a young boy’s life, just through playing sports and becoming friends.” – Mentor

“My mentor and I had a great relationship!” –Participant

I liked everything about the program, but especially rugby.” –Participant

Since ultimately it is up to the parents to support their sons’ physical activity and healthy food choices, parents receive instruction on program topics before the start of the program, and then each week additional educational materials are made available. Outcome measures from the program suggest that the boys thoroughly enjoy participating (the mentors do too!), and improvements are made in self-esteem and perceived competence in the participants. Parents report positive change in their sons as well.

“His confidence has grown athletically and socially. He really enjoyed his mentor and the contact with an older boy – like a brother – really seemed to excite him.” – Parent

“It was very well organized with loads of information. The mentors were excited to be there. It was refreshing to see college students so excited to volunteer.” – Parent


DATES for 2017 Session:
Registration Opens:
January 30
Mentor Training:
Must attend one of the two sessions: March 13th or 15th, 4pm (Place: TBA; Contact Liz Bailey at
Mandatory Orientation for Parents, Participants and Mentors:
March 27th, 4pm (Place: TBA; Parents contact Liz Bailey at or 336-278-5862 to REGISTER)
CHAMPS sessions:
March 29th, April 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, and May 1. All sessions run from 4-5:30pm and are held on the field behind the Koury Athletic Center on the campus of Elon University.

Contact Elizabeth Bailey



Flyer - English

Flyer - Spanish

Mentor Forms:

Mentor Application

Mentor Guidelines

Champs Parent and Child Applications:

Parent and Child Application

You can send these applications via email to Liz Bailey at or by mail (Elizabeth Bailey CB 2525 Department of Health and Human Performance, Elon University, Elon, NC 27244).