Robert began a project bringing the benefits of rolfing and massage to the Philadelphia Badlands, a neighborhood in North Philadelphia characterized by poverty and drug-related violence. The project continues to this day.
Robert was assigned to Company B 2/503 Infantry 173rd Airborne Brigade. He built a refugee village that surrounded his base camp. They built three schools, a playground, a Boy Scout lodge, and a health center.
Robert left high school to join the U.S. Army. He received three months of basic training at Fort Jackson, SC; three months of advanced infantry training at Fort Gordon, GA; and one month of jump training at Fort Benning, GA.
Robert was awarded $15,000 by the Ford Foundation Leadership Program. He spent the year at Easlen Institute in Big Sur, CA studying methods and techniques of personal growth and its relationship with public education.
Robert began teaching illiterate adults reading, mathematics, and job skills.
Robert was trained and certified as a Rolf practitioner. Later, he was appointed as Dr. Rolf's east coast business manager. He published a monograph and documentary entitled "The Promise of Rolfing Babies and Children."
Robert is not only the founder of TeamChildren but is also a Certified Rolf Practitioner. He recently published a book entitled The New Book Of Baby And Child Massage. In this book, Robert explains how parents can massage all eight areas of their children's bodies in order to help promote successful development over time.
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Robert Toporek was born and raised in Charleston, SC.
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