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STE Champions

Set The Expectation Champions is a global network of current and former athletes dedicated to using the power of their platforms to champion community agencies and groups who serve families and survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence.

To date, our Champions have helped raise $117,000 for programs and served over 2,200 children. $80,000 was given directly to local Washington DC survivor support and advocacy programs for their most needed projects. $37,000 went directly to buying items to support local DC drives and events.

Program Description

Acting as ambassadors of the Set The Expectation (STE) nonprofit, Champions must have a track record of behavior that reflects kindness, compassion, dignity and respect for others. They must be willing to learn and unlearn, hold themselves accountable and act as leaders and agents for change both on and off the field and court.

To the best of their ability and as work schedules permit, STE Champions will partner with community agencies and groups serving families and survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. Champions will lend their platforms to these agencies and groups with the intent to:

• Raise awareness about the work and programs of their community partners.
• Highlight the needs of their community partners and how to connect with and support them.
• As appropriate, engage in events, fundraisers, and campaigns sponsored by their community partners.

Founding History

Operating under the Set The Expectation nonprofit, the Champions program was founded by NFL player James Smith-Williams of the Washington Football Team. James began his advocacy work with Set The Expectation in 2019 at North Carolina State. A devoted supporter of survivors, James has organized multiple events and taken every opportunity possible to use his platform to raise awareness and give to survivors and their families. James fully understands his individual ability to make a difference, but he also understands the transformational power of athletes coming together for a cause, and it is for this reason that he founded the Champions program.

News and Media

NBC Studios - "My Favorite Commander" James Smith-Williams Setting the Expectation Off the Field
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Washington post - After hearing a survivor’s story, this NFL player joined her efforts against sexual violence
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NFLPA - Washington's James Smith-Williams names Week 10 NFLPA Community MVP
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2021 Voices of Solidarity Award
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NEW CHAMPION: Los Angeles Rams safety Terrell Burgess joins the STE Champions roster

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WAShington DC Champions
James Smith-Williams
Team: Washington Commanders - NFL
City: Washington D.C.
Andi Sullivan
Team: Washington Spirit - NWSL
City: Washington D.C.
Washington DC Partners

Los Angeles Champions
Terrell Burgess
Team: Los Angeles Rams - NFL
City: Los Angeles

CHAMPIONS Activity