Leadership 

CEO & Chairman | Julius Williams is a 7 year veteran of the NFL and CFL from Decatur, Ga. Like many young men who gravitate towards football and other team sports, Julius started from humble beginnings. Despite these humble beginnings, Julius was able to use football to take his talents to the next level. A 3-year starter at the University of Connecticut, football has taken Julius places he could have only imagined. Since retiring, Julius has made an unbridled commitment to making an impact on at-risk youths through football and mentorship. The Battle of the Trenches Foundation is the perfect vessel to bring that vision to fruition.

Julius Williams

General Manager & Vice Chairman | Anthony Smith is a 6 year veteran of the NFL. Hailing from Youngstown, OH, Anthony has used his talents to become a champion on and off the field. A 4-year starter at Syracuse University, football gave him an opportunity to go places and meet people he could have only imagined. A two time Super Bowl Champion, Anthony has committed to using his love of football and various skill sets to help develop young men through sports and mentorship. Combined with a concentration on being a great teammate, The Battle of the Trenches Foundation is the perfect vessel to bring that vision to fruition.

Anthony Smith

PR & Marketing Director | Michael Suarez is an 8-year sports marketing executive from Fresno,CA. Specializing in public relations and professional sports marketing, Michael has worked with organizations such as the Atlanta Hawks, the NFL Alumni Association and over 50 MLB, NBA and NFL athletes. Since attending Trinidad University in Pueblo, Colorado Michael has used his talents to bring character building and life skills programs through mentoring and team sports to underserved communities. The Battle of the Trenches Foundation is the perfect vessel to bring that vision into fruition.

Michael Suarez

President | Christopher J. Andrade-Lopes (CJ) was born and raised in Brockton, Massachusetts.   Christopher graduated from Tilton Preparatory School and was a top 10 rated football player in the New England region.  

On the strength of strong academic and athletic performances, he attended the University of Connecticut on a full football scholarship where he graduated in 2013 with a degree in Communications and Media Studies. He was ranked the best free safety in New England and the Northeast, for which he was elected to play for Joe Theismann in the New Jersey vs. Northeast All-Stars game at Rutgers on the NFL Network in 2009.

Christopher is also the first Brockton, MA resident to earn a Division 1 scholarship before his senior season and commit as a junior in high school. He later led UConn in special teams tackles in 2011 as a redshirt sophomore and was All Big East Academic team before suffering a career ending concussion. Chris has four championship rings in total from Brockton, Tilton, Northeast All-Star Game, and University of Connecticut.

In 2014, Christopher relocated to the Atlanta area and began a career in sales where he excelled. A constant overachiever, he was recognized as a top-ranking salesperson and significantly increased the sales productivity for several Fortune 50 Companies for which he was employed. 

CHRISTOPHER ANDRADE-LOPES

Battle of the Trenches Foundation (“BTF”) is operating through a fiscal sponsorship with Players Philanthropy Fund (Federal Tax ID: 27-6601178), a Maryland charitable trust with federal tax-exempt status from the IRS as a public charity under Section 501(c)(3). Contributions to BTF are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.