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C.H.A.M.P. upbuilding youth; celebrity pro-am golf outing

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C.H.A.M.P. Community Project hosts its first celebrity golf event supporting youth Wednesday, May 28. Several celebrities from national sports teams participate. Uplifting youth while bringing awareness to their needs has been a passion of founder, Traci Campbell. Operating in her purpose, Traci has masterminded programs to shift the path of violence, drugs and teen pregnancy that has plagued our youth today.

C.H.A.M.P. acronyms stand for character, happiness, attitude, mentality and purpose. These words came to Traci Campbell during a trying period of time while she was the sole caregiver of her mother for over 10 years. After Traci's mother passed in 2007, she began to follow her passion. Not just mere words to her, Traci developed a curriculum to cultivate individuals in essentials needed to navigate through life. Originally, the idea became a book and then morphed into a 501(c)(3) where Traci was able to implement a system geared toward youth of single parents.

Being an IT professional consultant, Traci Campbell is used to developing systems and following protocols to bring about resolutions. So through self-reflection, Traci pursued a journey to undo some of the negative traits inherited from her mom. Overall, her mom was a very caring individual who worked hard to raise her, however her mom had her own issues. Because of various challenges and not having the proper influences to help her mom explore more of who she could become, she died without fulfilling her full potential. Traci's journey of self-awareness and in memory of her mom, C.H.A.M.P. Community Project was born to instill in youth the things she discovered and was able to personally achieve.

Through mentoring and having positive role models, Traci believes that this approach will have everlasting effects on the youth. Thus, many retired athletes from national sports teams will participate in the golfing event. Bob Avellini (Bears), Ronnie Bull (Bears), Bill Campbell (MLB), Robin Earl (Bears), Ike Hill (Bears), Gene Hiser (White Sox) and others will join in the day's festivities. Also, the Bulls announcer, Tommy Edwards, and Eddie Arroyo (Chief Steward at Arlington Racecourse) will be in attendance. The eventful day will consists of 18 holes of golf at the Old Orchard Country Club in Mount Prospect, IL, a silent auction, photos with celebrities, and more. Learn what her organizations C.H.A.M.P. and B.I.B.O. (Beauty in Beauty out) offer youth and be apart of the change.

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