About Inspire

Our Mission

The Inspire Fund was established to develop the financial resources needed to provide challenging and enriching educational experiences that maximize the learning potential of Champion students.

What We Do

The name says it all.  The Inspire Fund supports activities that inspire teachers and students of Champion Local Schools to:

Expand educational horizons


Embrace new opportunities


Learn, dream, take action


Set high expectations


Achieve excellence

Fund Use

The vast majority of funds will be distributed as mini grants to teachers of Champion Local Schools to support new and expanded educational programs and experiences that directly benefit Champion students. Learn more about Inspire grants.

Board Membership

The fund is directed by a volunteer board of community members who have a desire to help deliver a more stimulating school environment for students. 

The Board oversees the call for grant process and reviews grant requests submitted by teachers.  A majority Board vote determines which grants are awarded.

The following Directors make up the current Board of the Fund:
  • Russ Banks, President
  • Jon Sherman, Vice-President
  • John Grabowski
  • Jeff Hovanic


The time commitment to volunteer for the Inspire Fund is small but the satisfaction of contributing to the success of students is huge!  We would love to have you join us and add your talents and skills to our team.

If you would like to get involved, email us and we’ll contact you.