Whatever happens in Brian Rogers (9-4) next fight, the true winners will be the LEAP program as they will receive part of his purse. The former special education teacher is working alongside FundAFighter.com to help raise the money for the LEAP program. LEAP is designed to provide learning through an expanded arts program such as using the latest technologies inside the classroom.
The website allows fans of a certain fighter to donate money to that camp. Whatever is raised for Rogers next fight, he plans to give half of it to the LEAP school. He plans to donate a portion of the $100,000 prize money if he wins a Bellator middleweight tournament too. In his two previous attempts in the tournament, Rogers lost in the semifinals.
"I always wanted to buy iPads for each class, and if I won the tournament I'd have the money to be able to do so," said Rogers to MMA Junkie. "With the FundAFighter thing, it's a great tool for fans to support their favorite fighters. But I wanted to take it a step farther and support LEAP and support my coworkers there and help them and their classrooms."
Rogers is over halfway to his goal of $4,000 as donations continue to come in.
This Friday, October 26, Rogers returns to action when he faces Dominique Steele (6-2) on the main card.
"Winning a mixed martial arts fight is a sense of accomplishment, but is it changing the world," said Rogers. "Is it a big deal in the scheme of things as far as changing the world? No," Rogers said. "But helping a kid develop into a quality person and making a difference in their educational life, that goes a long way."
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