“Chris Romulo continues to support the Diocese of Brooklyn’s Catholic academies throughout Brooklyn and Queens with his Champ Up student assemblies. Mr. Romulo captivates and maintains students’ attention through telling his life story, about being bullied, becoming the bully and ultimately becoming a Muay Thai Champion. Using the 7 dictators of the mind: self-doubt, disappointment, negative self-talk, ego, hardship, confusion and fear. Mr. Romulo provides a platform for students to face some of these dictators and motivates them to fight for their dreams because they are good enough and all are champions! Our program will continue to liaise with Mr. Romulo and academies, so that all students have access and opportunity to hear his message..”
Tina Scandul, PDHP Brooklyn Borough Director
“The students were fixed on every word, each strategy to overcome their fears and detractors. The honesty and humility of the presentation cultivated trust with the students. Tweens and teens from 12-18 were made comfortable to go up to the microphone and share their reflections in front of their peers, something highly unusual for this age group. At one exciting point, recounting who he was as a teen, Mr. Romulo broke out into a “break dance” routine and then was joined by an LWA upper school student who went up on the stage to share his moves. Together, the generation gap was bridged. The house rocked and understanding deepened.”
Brian O’Connell, Headmaster, Lawrence Woodmere Academy
"Chris Romulo's Champ Up assembly provided a tremendous opportunity to be inspired towards greatness. Chris passionately conveyed his life journey through struggle and hardship to great success as a husband, father, Muay Thai champion and business owner. He challenged our students to be aware of the power of their words, including and especially through social-media, to build up or tear down others. We were all inspired to not let fear and self-doubt get in the way of our dreams. We should all have the courage to persevere through everything that life presents us, because that is how we become champions! "
John O'Brien, Principal Good Shepherd Catholic Academy
"Chris Romulo's Champ Up presentation energized our students to see the possibilities to believe in their abilities and figure out ways to overcome challenges. The day after the presentation students asked me if he could visit again. Chris's impact on the students was definitely a positive one! I would highly recommend having this presentation for your students."
Anne Stefano, Principal of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Academy in Astoria
"HFCA was so happy to welcome Chris Romulo and his "Champ Up" philosophy to our school! Chris was friendly, entertaining, engaging and empowering. Our students learned so many valuable lessons and were so impressed with the story of Chris's life and the energy and passion he brought to our school. Being able to discuss so many issues with him made all the students feel that they too could achieve anything! Thank you Chris for sharing your story and for being a bridge builder! We will keep your worlds of wisdom with us always!"
Anne Kelly, Principal of Holy Family Catholic Academy
“The students were engaged from the moment they heard the inspiring music and riveting videos of Chris' clips as a professional Muay Thai Boxer. Chris was honest, sincere and his connection with the kids from K-8 was seamless. Our culturally diverse student population embraced his story, his courage and his strength to STAND UP. We can't thank him enough for being an amazing speaker.”
Judy Munno, Principal, Notre Dame Catholic Academy
“Chris Romulo is a true inspiration. Chris' personal story resonates with young people. His message encourages young people to fight for their dreams and be the author of their own stories. He shares the 7 dictators of the mind: self-doubt, disappointment, negative self-talk, ego, hardship, confusion, and fear and how to face them, overcome them and achieve their goals. His Champ Up presentation is a must-see for middle school students.”
Stephanie Germann, Principal, Saint Joseph the Worker Catholic Academy
“We brought Chris to Scholars’ Academy because our students needed some leadership and someone they could connect to that would understand the hardships they’re going through during their school year. Chris was able to connect at a level where they felt inspiration and looked up to Chris as a positive role model. I can’t wait to have Chris back next year to engage our total population!”
Rosa Lagombra, Scholar’s
"On Tuesday November 13th, we were graced with the powerful presentation given by Chris Romulo. Chris provided the 6th, 7th and 8th grade students with his personal account of how he has overcome the struggles youth face today. His program “Champ Up” allows students to listen to how one can overcome peer pressure and bullying. The students and faculty were very impressed and believed that you can overcome any struggles with the right tools. Anyone that has the opportunity to have Chris present in their school will walk away knowing that their students will know how to be a champion in their own lives and walk in their truth."
Michelle Donato, Principal at Salve Regina Catholic Academy
“I was fortunate enough to have Chris Romulo put an assembly on at my school, Holy Angels Catholic Academy. What a terrific experience it was!! I am not easily impressed and I was bowled over. Chris does a phenomenal job of reaching adolescent students as well as adults. His message is understood by all and his presentation is heartfelt and moving. It is easy for people to identify with the different experiences he shares. The presentation appeals to the senses and keeps the audience engaged. I would highly recommend this assembly to any middle school.”
Rosemarie McGoldrick, Principal at Holy Angels
“During Bullying Awareness month Chris Romulo visited my school and spoke to us about his personal experience with bullying and the effects that bullying may have on an individual. By Chris sharing his very personal experiences, it shows that people can get through anything if they just take their negative experiences and turn them into positive outcomes. Thank you Chris for never giving up and for sharing your story to motivate others going through tough times!”
Jada M. Scholar’s student
“We had the privilege of having Chris Romulo come to our school and speak with a group of students. Coach Chris was able to connect with our students through real life situations. He was engaging, motivating, and inspired the entire group. Chris was able to capture students through visual and tactile presentations. Students were inspired by the strong positive message of ‘C.H.A.M.P.S.’ and the meaning behind it. Having Coach Chris come to our school to share and inspire our students was an amazing experience for all.”
Keith T. Matone, Assistant Principal, New Utrecht High School
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